- Facebook and Instagram pages for Apple’s iTunes service were scrubbed on Saturday amid reports the tech giant is shuttering the 18-year-old service.
- According to a MacRumors report, cached versions of the accounts still showed posts, photos, and videos as of Friday. Content from the iTunes Facebook and Instagram pages appear to have been moved over to newer pages for Apple TV.
- Bloomberg reported on Friday that Apple would announce the end of iTunes alongside an update to its macOS operating system at its annual developer conference on Monday.
- Apple will reportedly announce three new Mac apps to access music, TV shows and movies, and podcasts.
- Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.
Evidence is mounting that Apple is planning to shutter iTunes after more than 18 years.
On Saturday, MacRumors reported that the Facebook and Instagram accounts associated with iTunes appeared to have been scrubbed and the content migrated over to pages for the tech giant’s Apple TV service on Saturday, as cached versions still showed posts, photos, and videos as of Friday.
The accounts were still live as of Sunday afternoon, but follower counts, videos, posts, and other content had been removed.
Bloomberg reported on Friday that Apple planned to announce the end of iTunes at its annual developer conference on Monday. Alongside an update to its macOS operating system, Apple will reportedly announce three new Mac apps to access music, TV shows and movies, and podcasts – which are already on iPhones and iPads.
Friday’s Bloomberg report also said that without iTunes, Mac users would manage their devices through the Music app moving forward.
There are reports on Twitter that some itunes.apple.com links for songs and artists now redirect to music.apple.com, and that Apple is changing iTunes links for apps, podcasts, TV shows, movies, and books, instead using category-specific links such as apps.apple.com, podcasts.apple.com, tv.apple.com, movies.apple.com, and books.apple.com.
I haven’t seen it reported elsewhere, but as of last weekend all https://t.co/tCyWJ9I1D3 links redirect to https://t.co/c1nzdCWhSp — a likely indicator that the brand is done (the app will be fine for those of us who need it.)
— Craig Hockenberry (@chockenberry) June 2, 2019
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.