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Technology Don't mourn for iTunes. Here's how to listen to music on your Mac now

15:20  09 october  2019
15:20  09 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Mac users will be much better served in Catalina, which adopts the iOS approach of letting several apps handle individual tasks. While Apple has split iTunes into three apps, the switch to Catalina doesn' t have to be jarring. Here ' s what you need to know about breaking free of iTunes in MacOS Catalina. 1. In the left sidebar, up near the top, tap For You to check out Apple Music , which lets you stream songs, listen to curated playlists and tune into radio stations. 2. Tap Try It Now to start a free three-month trial.

With the upcoming release of Apple’ s new operating system for Mac computers (MacOS Catalina, scheduled to arrive in late September 2019), Apple will flip the switch and shut off iTunes for good. But don ’ t panic. All that time and effort spent creating playlists and purchasing your favorite tracks wasn’t wasted. You can now listen to your collection of stored music through MusicCast and enjoy all the versatility that comes with it. Aside from connecting to your iTunes library, Plex also scans for all music files on your computer that can be enjoyed with the MusicCast Controller app, including AAC, ALAC

Some have waited years for this moment, the day when Apple killed off its iTunes media app for MacOS and split the exasperating tool into individual pieces, each dedicated to a specific purpose. With the Catalina update, the iTunes grumblers get their wish, because with the new update to MacOS, Apple retires iTunes, replacing it with new Apple Music, Apple TV, Apple Books and Apple Podcast apps. (Here's the difference between them all.)

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In Catalina, Apple Music replaces iTunes.

Over the years, Apple handed more and more responsibility to the MacOS version of iTunes until the app seemed to be in charge of all your MacOS entertainment needs. Mac users will be much better served in Catalina, which adopts the iOS approach of letting several apps handle individual tasks.

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In the Music app on your Mac , do any of the following if you have trouble playing music or other audio If the progress bar at the top of the Music window is moving, but you don ’ t hear anything. If you’re listening to a shared library or playlist: Music skips iTunes Store purchases if your computer

Find out how to use Music , how to buy tunes from the iTunes Store, how to import music from CD and other services, how to manage your music collection, including creating playlists and more. Plus we reveal whether iTunes will still work on your Mac , and what to do if you are on Windows or an You don ’ t have to get your music from iTunes or Apple Music , you can download any music directly into your iTunes , as long as it doesn’t have some sort of rights protection associated with it tying it to a particular service. When you download the music it will automatically go to your Downloads folder on

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Get started with the new Apple Music app

Apple's made it fairly easy to move from iTunes to its new music service in Catalina. For example, music that you've bought through through iTunes or imports from elsewhere will be available in the new Apple Music app.

Likewise, music playlists you created in iTunes will already appear in the new app -- you won't have to transfer a thing. iTunes gift cards and credit will still work, and you'll still buy music through the iTunes Store. Here's how to get set up and start listening to music.

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You need Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to music or other audio on your Apple Watch. Learn how to pair Bluetooth devices with your watch. If you can’t see Edit, no music is synced to your watch. Under Playlists & Albums, tap the delete button next to any music that you want to remove, then tap Delete. Here you can also turn off any automatically added playlists that you don ' t want on your watch.

By default, your music is stored here In the Music app on your Mac , choose Music > Preferences, then click Files. Depending on how you imported items into Music , some items in your library might be stored in different locations (for example, in another folder or on another storage device). From now on, when you drag a file to your library, the item appears in Music but the actual file isn’ t copied

a large body of water: Tap Catalina's new Music app in the Dock. Screenshot Clifford Colby/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Tap Catalina's new Music app in the Dock. Screenshot Clifford Colby/CNET

1. In the Dock, tap the Music app to open it.

2. When prompted, use your Apple ID and password to sign in to the iTunes Store.

3. Tap the Get started listening button, and the Music app will pull in your iTunes playlists -- both the ones you've built and the smart ones iTunes made for you.

4. If none of your music is showing up and you sync your music library with Apple Music or iTunes Match, tap the Show all music button up at the top of the Music app. You can also choose the All Music option from the View menu to see all your songs.

Use the iTunes Store

The iTunes Store still lives over on the left. Screenshot Clifford Colby/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The iTunes Store still lives over on the left. Screenshot Clifford Colby/CNET

While Music is new, the iTunes Store is much the same.

1. In the Music app, over on the left in the Music sidebar, and tap iTunes Store.

2. Apple's music store should look familiar to you, with new music running down the center of the app's window, charts over on the right and music that might interest you near the bottom.

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Here ' s what you need. Update your iPhone or iPod touch to the latest version of iOS, iPad to the latest version of iPadOS, or Mac to the latest version of macOS. If you buy music from the iTunes Store, you can redownload your past music purchases on your Apple device or a PC with iTunes for Windows.

Here ' s how to control the order in which episodes play: Go to the podcast's information page. Tap or click the More button , then tap or click Settings. Tap or click "Play in Sequential Order" or "Play Most Recent First." You can also set up continuous playback so that when an episode ends, the next Tap or click Subscribe. Now , new episodes automatically download for free and you'll get a notification as they become available. If you stop listening to a show for a while, Apple Podcasts might pause your subscription. The shows and downloaded episodes stay in your library, but new episodes might not be

Sign up for Apple Music

If you are interested, you can also sign up for Apple Music -- Apple's similarly named subscription music-streaming service.

Sign up for Apple's Music subscription service for $9.99 a month. Screenshot Clifford Colby/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Sign up for Apple's Music subscription service for $9.99 a month. Screenshot Clifford Colby/CNET

1. In the left sidebar, up near the top, tap For You to check out Apple Music, which lets you stream songs, listen to curated playlists and tune into radio stations.

2. Tap Try It Now to start a free three-month trial. After the trial, Apple Music is $9.99 a month. After you sign up, set a calendar reminder so you don't get charged after 90 days if you decide to back out.

If you are looking for the movies and TV shows you used to keep in iTunes prior to Catalina, those are now in the Apple TV app. Audiobooks are in the Apple Books app, and podcasts are in the Apple Books app. For more on Catalina, here's our fuller take on the new MacOS.

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