With macOS Catalina, iTunes is gone once and for all. Music, videos, and podcasts have new apps, and Finder now syncs and backs up devices. In a post-iTunes world, you need to know the following:
iTunes has not completely disappeared. Apple continues to provide the classic iTunes application for Windows PCs.
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macOS Catalina includes a new app called Music that uses a very similar app icon to the app that was once used by iTunes. Stream Apple Music, access pre-purchased music, manage your local music library, and make new digital purchases from the iTunes Store. Here you will also find the music video library from Apple.
The music app is similar to iTunes, but streamlined and streamlined to focus exclusively on music. If you have an Apple Music subscription, the app should automatically be filled with your iCloud Music Library, provided you are logged in to your Apple ID under System Preferences> Apple ID.
The Music App does not show the iTunes Store or your star ratings by default. You can turn these features back on by clicking Music> Preferences and then enabling the iTunes Store and Star Ratings options on the General tab. These settings are very similar to those in iTunes, including the ability to specify local media folders on the Files tab.
Click the quote icon in the upper-right corner of the screen to display the text, if available. You can also click the list icon next to the title to see which titles will be played next. Access the old iTunes mini player by clicking the album art in the Now playing box.
If other users have shared their library locally, a small drop-down box next to "Library" appears in the sidebar. Click to show all other libraries that you can connect to.
How to Share Music in macOS Catalina
If iTunes understood it correctly, it was library sharing – an easy way to connect your music library to the rest of your local network by checking the box. Luckily, you can still do this; You only need to enable it in your Mac's sharing settings:
- Go to System Preferences> Sharing.
- Click Media Sharing and give your library a name. Then enable the "Share media for guests" option.  Click "Options" to set an optional password. You can also specify whether you want to share certain playlists or your entire music library.
You can also enable Private Sharing, which lets you seamlessly share your library with other devices signed in with the same Apple ID. 
Other apps sharing iTunes XML data
iTunes is often favored by DJs and other media professionals for its easy approach to the music community. Many third-party applications have been developed with the iTunes library in mind, allowing DJs to use their music library in third-party apps.
Removing iTunes for music has caused problems for many. XML data sharing is supported in Music, but many third-party apps have not yet been updated to accommodate the change. Apple recommends that anyone who relies on apps like Traktor and Serato (who can both use iTunes XML data), wait for the developers to patch their apps.
Currently, you can use the XML data from Music in third-party apps, but I need to manually export each playlist using the options under File> Library (remembering to change the "format" to XML). Any changes made will not be synced back to your music library. So this is a temporary correction.
The device sync is now taken over by the Finder.
 The management of iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices is now completely handled by Finder. These include synchronizing media, manually updating iOS, restoring factory settings, and creating local backups. Apple has essentially moved the controls that used to be found in iTunes to the Finder.
To manage your iOS device in macOS Catalina:
- Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac using a Lightning cable.
- Unlock your device and tap Trust and enter your passcode when prompted.
- Open a Finder window and scroll down the sidebar until you see "Tim's iPhone" (or whatever your iPhone is called).
- Click on the iPhone and then on "Trust", then wait.
Now your iPhone should appear in the Finder window and in a series of tabs for managing device settings and media. On the General tab, you can enable "Show this iPhone when using Wi-Fi" to enable wireless synchronization (note that this is much slower than using a Lightning cable).
These controls are virtually identical to those in iTunes before it went into retirement. Here you can manually backup your iPhone on your computer. This is ideal if you are switching from an old iPhone to a new one. If you want to manually manage your iOS device backups, you will still find them in
~ / Library / Application Support / MobileSync / .
Click each tab to manage music and movies, TV shows, and other content you may want to sync with your iOS device. Use the Files tab to download and upload files to app directories, a feature previously known as iTunes File Sharing. Drag and drop files to and from your mobile device.
Note: Apple has maintained backwards compatibility with previous versions of iOS so you can sync devices before iOS 13 with Catalina and the Finder. If you upgraded your iOS device to iOS 13, you'll need to use Catalina to sync and manage your device (previous MacOS versions will not work).
Listening to podcasts in the New Podcasts app
A new app called Podcasts is now used for podcasting. This looks pretty much the same as the music app, except you'll find new episodes of your favorite podcasts instead of music. All podcasts you want to sync with your iPhone must be managed with the Finder.
The Podcasts app lets you browse the Apple Podcasts library, subscribe to new shows, and see the most popular ones by clicking Top Charts. Under Podcasts> Preferences, you can set the number of times the app searches for new content, when to download new episodes, and turn off the automatic deletion of played episodes.
Downloaded podcast episodes are no longer displayed in your iTunes library folder hidden in
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Watch video content in the TV app
The definitive new app is called TV and, despite the name, is home to all video content you buy, rent or subscribe. This includes everything you've previously purchased on iTunes, new rentals and the upcoming subscription service Apple TV +.
Click the Library tab to quickly access your existing videos. The other tabs are used to browse, rent and buy new content. Click on a movie or TV show to see trailers and learn more. It also displays a list of actors and crew members involved in the movie, and you can click any one of them to see more content.
Start TV> Preferences and click Files to define the location of your favorite media folder. You can import movies and other content by dragging and dropping. Everything you download will be saved in your regular movie folder as a MOVPKG extension that can be played by the TV app. Third-party apps can not properly display these files because of the DRM they are using.
Removing iTunes is one of the most radical changes in macOS Catalina. Using dedicated apps for music, podcasts, and videos makes sense. Removing iOS device management from iTunes is a step that Apple should probably have taken years ago. Things are making much more sense now.
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