Apple to close iTunes on Mac after 18 years

The service launched in 2001 before introducing its download store in 2003.

Story updated on June 4, 2019

Apple has announced plans to end the Mac version of iTunes and revealed a replacement for its download service. 

The tech giant will phase out the media application alongside the introduction of OS X 10.15, code-named Catalina, in September. 

Apple is replacing iTunes on the Mac with three dedicated apps: a music app to access Apple Music streaming and local music libraries, a desktop app for podcasts, and an Apple TV app for its TV and movie content as well as its new Apple TV Plus video subscription service.

The iTunes Store app will stay in place for users to purchase music. On Windows, it will remain as it currently stands for now. 

iTunes was launched by Apple on January 9 2001 as their take on 'jukebox software' - an app designed to rip CDs and organise music libraries on your computer. Two years later it launched its digital music store so users could buy music, films, update their iPhones and listen to podcasts. In 2004, sales from downloads started counting towards the Official UK Singles Chart.

In the early 2000s iTunes was hailed as a saviour of the music industry in the digital age. Key moments in its history include a global giveaway of a U2 album in 2014, while December 2013 Beyonce surprised-released her eponymous fifth album to iTunes with massive success. 

View the UK's Official Singles Downloads Chart, updated every week.