Apple singlehandedly turned the digital music marketplace on its head when it launched the iTunes Store in Since then, the iTunes Store has evolved into Apple Music , a music streaming service to compete with the likes of Spotify, Tidal, and other services. Our guide to everything Apple Music can help set the record straight. What the heck is this thing? Apple Music combines subscription-based music streaming with global radio-like programming. The Music app, which is how you use the service, comes pre-installed on all new iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, and Macs. You can also access Apple Music on the web at music. Not at all. The iTunes Store is now a section of the Music app and you can still buy music there. If the iTunes Store is about buying music, then what is Apple Music about?
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And Finder is where you can manage and sync content on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can also access your iTunes Store purchases in these apps. If you have a PC, you can continue to use iTunes for Windows to manage your media library, make purchases, and manually sync and manage your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Finder is the new place to back up, update, or restore your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Just connect your device to your Mac and it appears in the Finder sidebar. And you can easily drag and drop files to your device. Have multiple iTunes libraries? Learn how to switch between them in macOS Catalina. Here's where you can find your entire media collection, access your iTunes Store purchases, and synced libraries.
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Don't worry -- Apple isn't taking away your tunes. It'll be a shock for loyal iTunes users who, for 18 years, learned to rely on the app for everything from syncing their iPhones to building playlists and buying songs. Apple's shifting strategy may be jarring for longtime users, but music fits squarely into the tech giant's portfolio of premium experiences that keep loyal users invested in the brand's ecosystem. For a company initially focused on hardware, iTunes was one of Apple's first major successes in this area. People who had bought music from Apple were less likely to stray. Now, Apple is betting that Apple Music help juice Apple's further push into software and services. Nevertheless, closing down iTunes raises big questions for those who have built up musical collections over the years.
If you subscribe to Apple Music, use the Apple Music app to download songs or add them to your library. If you want to buy a song or you don't subscribe to Apple Music, use the iTunes Store. If you don't subscribe to Apple Music or want to buy a song, purchase music from the iTunes Store. Information about products not manufactured by Apple, or independent websites not controlled or tested by Apple, is provided without recommendation or endorsement. Apple assumes no responsibility with regard to the selection, performance, or use of third-party websites or products. Apple makes no representations regarding third-party website accuracy or reliability. Contact the vendor for additional information.