After 18 years, Apple is discontinuing iTunes. iTunes is being phased out as part of the launch of Apple’s latest software release, MacOS Catalina, and replaced with three separate apps – Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV – which will aim to plug the gap and, hopefully, leave user experience unaffected.
To put it simply, iTunes users have nothing to worry about. And though the tech giant is set to phase out the iTunes application on Mac computers by the end of this year, the iTunes application isn’t going away completely.
With the demise of iTunes, the Music app has inherited some of the older apps features. Accordingly, your iTunes library as you knew it, with all your purchased music, should be available inside the Music app, which you can find with a quick Spotlight Search if you hit Command + Space Bar and then type in “Music.”
iTunes is all about media ownership – music, movies, TV Shows, podcasts, etc. It’s a one-stop digital media library and mobile device management software which provides a more comprehensive service than what Apple Music does.
If you turn off iCloud Music Library, the iTunes music will be hidden and disappear from your iPhone. And sometimes, updating may cause the iCloud Music Library to be turned off automatically. So please make sure you are signed in to your iPhone with your Apple ID and turn on iCloud Music Library.
For Individuals, Apple Music costs $9.99 per month. For Family, Apple Music costs $14.99/month. For Students, Apple Music costs $4.99 per month.
You can import songs from CDs into your iTunes library. Once you import songs, you can listen to them without having the original CD in the disc drive. The default encoding format is AAC. To change formats, see Choose import settings.
iTunes automatically backs up your device when you connect it to your computer. But you can also back up your device manually at any time. And if you have iOS 3.0 or later, iTunes can encrypt your backups to secure your data.
On the Android side, I use a free app called ES File Explorer File Manager, which works similarly to FileBrowser. You set up remote access to the computer or NAS that stores your iTunes library. You then connect to the share or folder that houses your library and drill down until you reach your music collection.
Go to settings on your iPhone. Go down to “Music” and press it. Under the “Library” heading turn on “iCloud Music Library” Now go back to the Music app and it should be there (assuming you have your phone backed up on iCloud)