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Apple Leaves iTunes Behind as it Harmonizes Software

With macOS Catalina, Apple is replacing iTunes with its popular entertainment apps

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iTunes was formally launched in 2001 and its music store was launched two years later. Pixabay

As the music streaming industry gets bigger with more global players joining the fray, Apple has finally announced to phase out iTunes with its three modern standalone music services.

Apple on Monday previewed “macOS Catalina” which is the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, packed with new features, fresh new apps and powerful new technology for developers.

“With macOS Catalina, Apple is replacing iTunes with its popular entertainment apps — Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app,” said the company during its developers’ conference “WWDC 2019” here.

macOS Catalina replaces iTunes with these three modern apps that simplify and improve the way Mac users discover and enjoy their favourite music, TV shows, movies and podcasts.

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As the music streaming industry gets bigger with more global players joining the fray, Apple has finally announced to phase out iTunes. Pixabay

The move to phase out iTunes didn’t come as a shock as the tech giant has been pushing users toward its music subscription service.

“With macOS Catalina, we’re bringing fresh new apps to the Mac, starting with new standalone versions of Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.

iTunes was formally launched in 2001 and its music store was launched two years later.

Apple Music will help users discover great new music with over 50 million songs, playlists and music videos, said the company.

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The users will have access to their entire music library, whether they downloaded the songs, purchased them or ripped them from a CD.

For users who sync their media to their devices using a cable, they can quickly and easily do so in the new entertainment apps. And when users connect a device to their Mac, it will immediately show up in the sidebar of Finder, enabling them to backup, update or restore their device.

The developer preview of macOS Catalina is available to Apple Developer Programme members. (IANS)

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Apple Releases iOS 13.1.3, iPadOS 13.1.3 to Fix Bugs: Report

Once clicked on Download and Install, it will do its work to bring the device up to date

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Apple released iOS 13.1.3 along with iPadOS 13.1.3, minor updates to the iOS 13.1.2 software that was released few days back, to fix bugs and upgrade performance.

The iOS 13.1.3 update addresses an issue that could prevent device from ringing or vibrating for an incoming call. It also aims to resolve an issue where data in the Health app may not display correctly after daylight savings time adjusts, Apple said in a release.

The new update also fixes an issue where Voice Memos recordings may not download after restoring from iCloud Backup and more.

Meanwhile, the iPadOS 13.1.3 update fixes an issue that may prevent opening a meeting invite in Mail. It also fixes an issue where Voice Memos recordings may not download after restoring from iCloud Backup.

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An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, Dec. 14, 2018. VOA

Additionally, the update addresses an issue where apps might fail to download when restoring from iCloud Backup.

The iOS and iPadOS 13.1.3 updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air.

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To download the new update a user need to go to the Settings on the device and then choose General, then Software Update.

Once clicked on Download and Install, it will do its work to bring the device up to date. (IANS)