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In my opinion iTunes is the best music file browser for Mac; sad news.

I use/need it for tagging and browsing so I may just stop updating the OS on my music computer. But I may end up having to find a new browser...


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4 hours ago, AudioDoctor said:

There are better programs for tagging and meta data that far surpass the capabilities of iTunes.

 

Could you suggest a couple?

I tag and add image cover to my classical music downloads and rips manually (that's about 95% of the music I get) because I have my own method and like to keep the cover image at 300² pixels. I wonder whehter I can find anything significantly better / more effective than iTunes and the couple of Doug's Scripts' I use...

 

iTunes has the best browsing GUI and the invaluable Column Browser, and it also alows me to easily switch between one of my 9 libraries (Early, Renaissance & Baroque; Classical, Romantic & Modern; Sacra; Opera; Minimal; Jazz; Ethnic & Traditional; Rock; Soundtracks).


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8 hours ago, semente said:

Could you suggest a couple?

 

 

Sure

 

https://www.nightbirdsevolve.com/meta/

 

There is another one, but I am having a complete lack of ability to remember its name right now, I will add it when I remember.

 

edit: It's Yate

https://2manyrobots.com/yate/


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As expected - at least by those of us who reflected a bit about the question - it is not the end of iTunes, but, on the Mac, the iTunes app is being split into three apps: Music, Podcasts, and TV. So for music listeners on the Mac, the only difference is the name of the app they'll use. For Windows users, nothing will change. 


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13 hours ago, kirkmc said:

As expected - at least by those of us who reflected a bit about the question - it is not the end of iTunes, but, on the Mac, the iTunes app is being split into three apps: Music, Podcasts, and TV. So for music listeners on the Mac, the only difference is the name of the app they'll use. For Windows users, nothing will change. 

 

That could be a good thing after all.

My 2012 MBP can run Catalina.

All is well.


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Yes, for now, the only negatives I have seen are the lack of the column browser - which I use regularly - and the lack of a regularly saved XML file, which is useful for some third-party apps to access your library. 

 

But it's still just the first beta. 


I write about Macs, iTunes, music, and more at Kirkville.

Author of Take Control of iTunes 12

Co-host of The Next Track podcast.

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So it looks like, for future operating systems, iTunes simply has been split up into three separate programs that maintain the original functionality, and the iOS syncing functionality has been (sensibly) moved to the Finder.  

 

I know nothing about Windows, but since Apple has no control over the Microsoft file browser, I doubt we will see a similar partitioning of functionality.

 

As far as the "death" of iTunes goes, I think this revision/division is long overdue.  However, in once sense "death" might be a good description for what happens with iTunes for those of us with hardware that can't be upgraded past 10.13.X (a limitation imposed by Apple). Will it be maintained in any way?  At some point, will an iOS upgrade make it impossible to sync with hardware stuck at 10.13.X? This seems almost inevitable.


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22 hours ago, LittlePea said:

Apple has said nothing will change on windows.

 

Sorry, I guess I should have written " doubt we will ever see a similar partitioning of functionality."  


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