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In Catalina, Apple Music replaces iTunes.


Apple has dropped its iTunes media app for MacOS and split the exasperating tool into individual pieces, each dedicated to a specific purpose. With the Catalina update, the iTunes grumblers get their wish, because of the new update to MacOS, Apple retires iTunes, replacing Apple Music, Apple TV, Apple Books and Apple Podcast apps. (Here's the difference between them all.)

Over the years, Apple handed MacOS entertainment needs. Mac users want to be better served in Catalina, which adopts the iOS approach.

While Apple has split iTunes into three apps, the switch to Catalina does not have to jarring. Here's what you need to know about breaking iTunes free in MacOS Catalina. "height =" 110 "width =" 196

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Get started with the new Apple Music app

Apple's made it easy to move from iTunes to its new music service in Catalina. ITunes is also available in the new Apple Music app.

Likewise, music playlists you created in iTunes will already appear in the new app. iTunes gift cards and credit wants to work, and you'll buy music through the iTunes Store. Here's how to get up and start listening to music.

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Tap Catalina's new music app in the dock.

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1. In the dock, tap the music app to open it.

Second When prompted, use your Apple ID and password to sign in to the iTunes Store.

Third Tap the Get started listening button, and the music app wants to pull in your iTunes playlists – both the ones you've built and the smart ones iTunes made for you.

4th If none of your music is syncing your music library with Apple Music or iTunes Match, tap the Show all music button up at the top of the music app. So you can choose the All music option from the View menu to see all your songs.

Use the iTunes Store

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The iTunes Store still lives on the left.

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While Music is new, the iTunes Store is much the same.

1. In the Music app, on the left sidebar, and tap iTunes Store,

Second Apple's music store should look familiar with you, with new music running down the center of the app's window, charts on the right and music that might interest you near the bottom.

Sign up for Apple Music

If you are interested, you can also sign up for Apple Music – Apple's similarly named subscription music-streaming service.

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Sign up for Apple's Music subscription service for $ 9.99 a month.

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1. In the left sidebar, up near the top, tap For you to check out Apple Music, which lets you stream songs, listen to curated playlists and tune into radio stations.

Second Tap Try It Now to start a free three-month trial. After the trial, Apple Music is $ 9.99 / £ 9.99 / AU $ 11.99 a month. After you sign up, set a calendar reminder so you do not get charged after 90 days if you decide to back out.

If you're looking for the movies and TV shows in the Apple TV app. Audio Books are in the Apple Books app, and podcasts are in the Apple Books app. For more on Catalina , here's our fuller on the new MacOS,

Originally published earlier this week.