Evidence uncovered by two veteran programmers indicates that Apple may debut new dedicated apps for music, podcasts and TV shows in a forthcoming version of MacOS. However, the sources say it will feature a sidebar that is similar to the News app on the Mac, along with a skinnier title bar and various tabs for Library, Book Store, and the Audiobook Store.
It also makes the rumors of Apple phasing out iTunes - or at least removing it as the de facto platform from which users gain access to many Apple services - seem likely.
One could assume that, like the existing Books Store, Apple would also break out the existing music, TV and movie, and podcast portions of the iTunes store into the respective apps as well, although details on the individual apps are still somewhat slim.
Leaked icons of the upcoming Podcasts and Apple TV apps for macOS. While these apps look good, they have some usability issues.More news: Bottas keeps Mercedes on top in final Chinese GP practice
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Interestingly, iTunes will remain a part of macOS through version 10.15 as it will still be used as the syncing service for iOS devices. At the moment, Podcasts and Apple Music are accessible via iTunes on macOS.
Apple is expected to release an SDK for developers to create their own Marzipan apps at this year's WWDC. The updates enables episode to open with.apple.com URL alternative to itunes.apple.com.
Apple this week made some major changes to its official Podcasts webpage - including a new streamlined layout and the ability to listen to podcasts directly in a web browser. As always, if you have any thoughts, feel free to sound them off in the comments section below! Are you impressed with their quality?