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iTunes is Dead.

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Apple last night announced that iTunes is to be broken apart and replaced by three separate apps – Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV.

There had been speculation that the tech giant was planning to shutter the music service it launched in 2001. iTunes will remain unchanged on Windows platforms, and downloads will still be available in a sidebar on the Apple Music app for Macs.

This follow the pattern with iOS which already has separate apps for the three services. This also greater pushes Podcast as a rising format once more, with increasing numbers of creators, launching, audio based shows.