Yesterday Apple announced its new iOS 13 and alongside it, macOS Catalina. Through these two, a lot of improvements were came to existence and we also saw end of iTunes. The old app has been dissolved into three new ones – Music, Podcasts and TV – on the Mac.
On Windows, iTunes will live on, seemingly unchanged, for the foreseeable future. The news was delivered by Apple to Billboard editor Micah Singleton.
Apple tells me iTunes will continue to exist in its current state on Windows, and the iTunes Music Store will be available in the sidebar in Finder on MacOS Catalina
— Micah Singleton (@MicahSingleton) June 3, 2019
This implies that iPhone users on Windows will need to live with the old app in order to access Apple Music, their apps and backups. There’s no word on if and when Apple will release Music, Podcasts and TV on Windows.
That doesn’t really come as a surprise. Apple is well known for keeping its services close to the chest, with Apple Music being one of the few exceptions – it’s available both on Windows (from the now-old iTunes app) and on Android (through a jerky, work-in-progress app).