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iTunes to be split into three apps after MacOS update – what it means for you

Apple has said it is replacing its iTunes service in its current form by splitting the software across three apps within its forthcoming Mac operating system. If you're an iTunes user, here's what you need to know.

The tech giant said future versions of its MacOS operating system, which powers its computers, will replace the iTunes app with separate apps called Music, TV and Podcasts. The new next version of MacOS, called Catalina, will be released later this year.

However, iTunes will remain on Windows computers, and there'll be no change to how iTunes works on iOS devices such as iPads and iPhones, where there are already separate Music, TV and Podcasts apps alongside the iTunes store.

See our Free Online Music guide to find out how to listen for free to Spotify, Deezer and more.

I've bought music or films from the iTunes store – will I lose them?

Put simply, no, you won't.

If you're a Windows or iOS user, nothing will change. If you're a Mac user, any music, films or TV shows bought through iTunes will be split into the relevant app, so any music purchases will sit within the Apple Music app, as it already does on the iOS version of Apple Music; TV and movies will live in the Apple TV app; and podcasts in the dedicated Podcasts app.

I've got an old iPod – will it still work without iTunes?

Yes, older models will still work with the new apps.

They'll sync with iTunes if you're a Windows user, or each of the three new apps if you're a Mac user.

I have an App Store & iTunes gift card – will it still be valid?

Yes, you'll still be able to use your gift cards to spend money in the App Store or iTunes (if you have a Windows computer), or to spend money on each of the new apps that iTunes will be split into on the Mac operating system.

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