Poll: What Do You Think of the New macOS Media Apps that Replace iTunes?

iTunes has been split into four apps in macOS Catalina: Music, TV, Podcasts, and Books, with syncing handled by the Finder.

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27 thoughts on “Poll: What Do You Think of the New macOS Media Apps that Replace iTunes?

  1. To say I miss iTunes is an understatement. I hate the new Music app. Things I was able to do are no longer available to me. The search function if horrible. When I search for music, I want to see it in my library, not some album art mode. I’ve searched for a way to search in the way I’m used to searching but I’m unable to find it. The Music app is no longer user friendly or music friendly.

  2. I never subscribed to the idea that iTunes was bloated. For me, it was better / easier to have all my media in one place.

    In Catalina, I don’t like that audiobooks became part of Books; that I no longer can specify the storage location (internal v external disk drive) for audiobooks and podcasts; or that I can no longer edit audiobook metadata.

    I do like, however, that Sync is now part of Finder, and that I can play movies and music on my Apple TV without having to keep the media apps open all the time.

    I get that we now live in a streaming world, and that maintaining a personal media library is becoming outmoded, so I guess Apple (and their competitors) is going to keep pushing us in that direction.

  3. When I switched over, all my ripped CDS, AIFF purchased downloads are sitting on my MacBook external drive and the media app does not reference these at all. I have cloud download links for all my music that I did not purposely download from Apple Music. This is appalling. Not a single song was moved to my new media app. Everything there now is based on Apple Music additions to my library.

  4. I miss having an encyclopedic list of the available internet radio stations. Worse yet is that I’m confronted with a come-on for a subscription to listen to what I consider, how to put this delicately…, stuff, when I do chose to get to an internet radio station. AND for access I need to enter a URL or call letters for a station I may or may not already be familiar with.

  5. I have a big music collection – ripped CD’s and a lot of albums I’ve bought in the iTunes Store. I use Browse-mode all the time. There is no way I can do without it. I’m old school – I don’t stream music, I buy it. The Music App is for people who like to stream music, and have an Apple Music subscription.
    For that reason my main working iMac will stay on macOS Mojave.

    I also very much dislike the new Photos App in Catalina. I have no interest at all in all that photo analysis business. I wish I could block it. Another reason to stay in Mojave.

  6. Well, there is a large group of us who remain on Windows devices running iTunes. Question is when will Apple pull the plug on us leaving us out in the woods without any replacement what-so-ever? Do you have any insight as to what they have in mind for us? I have over 400gb of music managed using iTunes for the past 20+ years.

  7. I wish there was an option for “I’m skipping Catalina” because that would be my answer. Maybe I shouldn’t read Michael Tsai’s blog because it sure sounds like Apple needs to get its software act together.

  8. I like the slimmed down iTunes. However it’s been an incredible nightmare. I don’t know where to begin. Playlists left with one or two songs. No big deal, but relinking everything will take hours and weeks. Not to mention relocating on Finder, albums ripped from my large collection of CDs and relinking. And syncing iPhone to iTunes is a hell I don’t want to wish on anyone. Imagine finding… WTF most of the music gone. It’s worse than forgetting your earphones. Apple told me they don’t know why that’s happening. Am I the only one? Prior to the update, I had a very tightly organized iTunes. 😞 Sorry I updated. Whimpering… I like the slimmed down iTunes. However it’s been an incredible nightmare. I don’t know where to begin. Playlists left with one or two songs. No big deal, but relinking everything will take hours and weeks. Not to mention relocating on Finder, albums ripped from my large collection of CDs and relinking. And syncing iPhone to iTunes is a hell I don’t want to wish on anyone. Imagine finding… WTF most of the music gone. It’s worse than forgetting your earphones. Apple told me they don’t know why that’s happening. Am I the only one? Prior to the update, I had a very tightly organized iTunes. 😞 Sorry I updated.

  9. The more I use the new Music app the more I mis iTunes.
    I have now discovered that I can no longer search within the ‘Songs’ field. When I’m in there and type in a search word it takes me to a completely new window I don’t want to see. And if I do find a song I’m looking for and select it, it doesn’t take me to the songs list, but to the Album page, which has absolutely no information about the song other than its duration.
    What I want to see are the results in the song list, where I can see all the info about it at a glance, in my chosen view options.
    Whose stupid idea was it to remove such a basic ability as to search in the field of your choice?

  10. My frustration with the Music app is the search functionality. I have a large music library and the current functionality is seriously lacking. There is a ‘filter’ field which keeps disappearing. I don’t mind the media split into separate apps the functionality in the apps are hopeless

  11. Oh for goodness sake! Now I feel stupid for posting my little rant. But I don’t regret doing so as I now have an (unexpected) solution, so thank you very much Kirk. I was using the search field on the left, so had no reason to go looking for a second filter field.

  12. You don’t know what you’ve got till its gone? Well, I don’t understand the lemming like rush to Catalina. High Sierra will get security updates till at least next October and Desertification till the year after. Why do people do it, especially with all the warnings, and who “updates” to a version x.0 or .1 anyway?

    • Valid point. I do it because it’s my job to write about it; others may upgrade because of specific features they like.

  13. Other than the column browser I have no issues or problems with Music.

    There. I said it. Someone has to speak up for the minority.

    And regarding the column browser: I possess the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.

  14. Mmmph. The only thing I like about the changes are the externalisation of syncing and the DAAP server (Home Sharing / shared music library). Everything else is just so very meh.

    Audiobooks in particular is a dealbreaker for me, as in, I won’t upgrade ’til it’s sorted. This is the oft-referred-to problem of file location. (Oh, and no, it does not sync audiobook files to iCloud.)

    I also feel that they did not go further for the Mac for media collectors in general: the server cannot be managed remotely, the remote app only works via an AppleID, there’s still no way to turn a Mac into an AirPlay renderer. Basically, it’s all just about further “iOSification” of the apps. I agree that the apps had to be broken up–just not like this!

    So yeah. I already miss iTunes, and I blame all those hippy reporters for finding fault were none was merited, and in persistently failing to recognise why some of us liked iTunes and wanted to see it debloated and modularised for all the right reasons.

  15. The new setup leaves no way to transfer Audible downloads to players like the iPod nano. Transfer requires that the player be authorized, and with no Audible app, no authorization. Prior to Catalina, iTunes was authorized and could transfer files without separate authorization. Yes, I have a current iPod with Airpods, but there are times when I prefer to use my aging but serviceable clip-on iPod nano.

  16. Podcast episodes saved on iPhone used to be able to be synced back to Mac using the “Transfer purchases” menu item. Now that that’s gone, I don’t know how these can be transferred back to my Mac library for archive and syncing to my iPod classic :S

  17. I would like to like Music, but seeing as it has a gushing memory leak that renders my Mac unresponsive, I haven’t been able to use it yet.

    • The latest update has fixed the memory leak, my Mac is usable again and I kinda think Music is fine. I miss the column browser. A ton of music I had artwork for doesn’t appear to be in the store any more so the artwork didn’t copy over. I think it’s insane that clicking back from an album to a playlist doesn’t remember the position you had scrolled to (the focus should be on the album you were in). I don’t understand why search AND filter exist and why filter is hidden. All of the audiobooks I ripped from CDs are not acknowledged by Music or Books. The best thing about not being able to use Music for the last few weeks has been discovering Swinsian, a terrific substitute.

  18. I have not moved to Catalina yet, so I don’t have an opinion. But I’m afraid to move, because with each iteration of iTunes over the past 5 years, I have feared they will remove a critical feature or view to manage large libraries of music. Honestly, I’m going to stick with Mojave for now.

    I strongly encourage EVERYONE who commented on this thread to head over to apple.com/feedback and submit a well-reasoned and explained example of every mis-step and missing feature of the new Music app. I was at a recent Apple tech conference, and heard examples of Apple engineers asking for this kind of feedback to justify to management changes they want to make.

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