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MacRumors: iTunes Expected to Be Retired After Over 18 Years

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  1. Thomas Newton

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    I hope there is one that lets you put your CDs on your iPhone! I have a huge library which I rotate in and out!!! I have been doing that for at least 15 years. Otherwise it’s back to my disk man.
     
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    I wonder what Apple will do about the Windows version? I have been using that app since the early days of the iPod to organize music on my PC (I am not a Mac user).
     
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    I don’t expect the music portion (or any portion of iTunes) to drastically change. I think they are just breaking the different functions apart into their own independent apps.
     
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    Correct. No functionality is being lost, just separated into individual apps.

    Nothing to worry about, guys.
     
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    You can have your entire CD library on your iPhone - just Import your entire CD collection in iTunes on your Mac and then via Apple Music https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205919 you can play it on your iPhone or any other device without having to download it there, and yes that applies to CDs that don't exist in Apple Music
     
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    That remains to be seen - iTunes has a myriad of off the beaten path features that may or may not exist in the new version/split up.

    See iPhoto/Aperture to Photos; Quicktime 7 to Quicktime (X/10) Player, etc.

    For instance to get to a very basic one - Importing and playing CDs in Apple Lossless
     
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    It's significantly more likely that Apple deprecates CD play than to invest in more features for ripping and playing. Music CDs are a dead man walking. It's going to happen sooner than later.
     
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    My local news just surmised that Apple made the iTunes move so they can charge you for 3 apps instead of 1.

    My goodness...
     
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    Definitely want to know what they are doing for windows users and for cd import and burning.
     
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    You mean, I have to pay for three free apps now instead of paying for only one free app? Outrageous!

    This looks like much ado about nothing. The Gen 4 and 4K Apple TVs have already started this migration, in a way. Unlike Sam, I doubt the ability to rip CDs will go away anytime soon. Burning them might be a different matter, at least redbook audio CDs, but people will probably still be using mp3 CDs for some time to come. Even if the ability to rip Audio CDs did go away, it's not like there aren't alternatives.
     
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    Any word of whether iOS Music is getting more feature parity on creating and managing playlists, or other improvements for enjoying personal libraries?
     
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    That link specifically says you have to rip CDs on iTunes for Mac or PC if it is not already digitized. Don’t know what Mac users will do. I use iTunes for windows and rip CDs rather than purchase digitally. I also make ringtones for for my contacts which is very handy. I am in no hurry for the demise of iTunes. I have always had physical media as a backup.
     
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    CDs are still the best format for Classical and Broadway
     
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    As in... what... specifically?
     
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    Smart Playlists.
    Genius Playlists
    Edit existing smart and genius playlists
    Edit artwork for existing playlists

    And then there’s the whole metadata aspect that requires a Mac to edit

    Music on iOS is lagging desktop by years. I keep hoping it gets a little love.
     
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    Also: Ability to change sorting when in Genres (for example). I often want to browse by artist or release date within a Genre, instead of album name.

    Music on iOS has been stagnant for a few years, and feels like it’s going backwards in usability. I keep hoping for some real improvements.
     
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    I only use iTunes on Mac, so it was an honest question. I don't know what's different with the iOS version. I've never used it.
     
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    I took it so. It’s kinda like with Contacts and Calendar and Mail, where there are some secondary but important management features still missing years on from the iOS versions. (And the opposite of Messages and Reminders and Notes where iOS tends to be ahead.)

    It’s not crippling to me. I don’t listen to music a lot; I’m mostly audiobooks and podcasts which have great third party apps. But because I don’t listen to enough music to pay for the Music or Spotify sub, I notice the weaknesses in the Music app, and lack of third party alternatives, when I do want to listen to music.
     
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