The bloated and confusingly arcane piece of software has been updated and repurposed and jury-rigged to handle new tasks for the past 18 years, and one developer says it won’t live to see its 19th birthday.

It looks like Apple is finally about to kill iTunes and release separate apps for music, podcasts, and books.

I wrote an obituary for iTunes four long years ago.

Apple Music, a service that comes pre-installed in every macOS and iOS device, has also gone on to become the most popular streaming music service in the United States.

It’s worth pointing out that iTunes likely has hundreds of millions of users since it’s been the default way to listen to music on Apple computers since the application launched in 2001.

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith recently said he’d found evidence that a new suite of media apps appeared to be in the works ahead of Apple’s annual World Wide Developer Conference in June.

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