On Monday (June 3), Apple announced that it was splitting the iTunes app into three distinct programs: Apple Music, Podcasts and TV. But there’s still quite a bit of confusion around how existing music libraries will work, how devices will be synced and the status of the iTunes Store. Billboard hopped on the phone with Apple to clarify all of the burning questions around iTunes, Apple Music and the future of the digital music store.
The big takeaway: Apple is not shutting down the iTunes Store -- the company says it never considered it -- nor removing any features that users have come to love.
On macOS Catalina, the iTunes Store will continue to exist in the sidebar of the new Apple Music app, and the store will also continue to be available on iOS, Windows and Apple TV. Apple says users’ music libraries, including music that has been imported into iTunes, will be fully intact and available in the new Apple Music app, whether or not they subscribe to Apple Music. iTunes gift cards and credits will still work in the new apps, so there’s no need to rush to use up gift cards before the next version of macOS arrives.