Apple has finally explained what will happen to users’ content days after confirming it would end iTunes as a standalone app.
The company confirmed on Tuesday it was ditching iTunes in favour of three separate apps named Music, Podcasts and TV.
The restructuring will be rolled out by Apple later this year as part of the next version of its Mac operating system dubbed Catalina.
Each represents a new focus on streaming content through subscriptions and rentals rather than buying individual tracks and films to own, but users will not have to worry about losing content they have previously purchased.
The changes come as Apple tries to persuade users to sign up to its Spotify-style Apple Music service, as well as its recently announced Netflix rival Apple TV+.
For concerned music lovers – some of whom have been maintaining an iTunes library since it was first released in 2001, six years before the iPhone – Apple stated:
:: Music previously imported or purchased will be in the new Apple Music app
:: iTunes playlists will also be in the Apple Music app
:: Users can still buy music in the iTunes Store
:: Gift cards and credits will still work with the new apps and App Store
Other users who have used iTunes as a media library for television shows and movies are also in luck:
:: Movies and TV shows will be in the new Apple TV app
:: The Apple TV app for Mac will be used for future purchases and rentals
Podcasts that people subscribed to or added to iTunes will be in the new Apple Podcasts app.
Audiobooks purchased from iTunes will go into the updated Apple Books app, which is where people will be able to purchase audiobooks in the future.