You Can Finally Listen to Apple Podcasts without the App (or iTunes)

Donna Miller
April 14, 2019

Other design changes include more prominent podcast cover art, more accurate podcast rating numbers, and individual click-through pages for each podcast episode featuring full-show descriptions.

According to anonymous sources cited by 9To5Mac today, Apple Inc.is preparing to split up the Mac version of the iconic media store into multiple standalone applications. That's because without iTunes, iPhone/iPad owners won't be able to sync their devices to their Mac. However, some users are still reporting seeing the old interface, so it seems Apple is still testing the waters, and it's not clear yet when the new one will roll out globally.

iTunes will not be missed by many users. The update is expected to arrive with the next major release of macOS, which is reported to be on track for a June launch.

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Apple was the company that first gave podcasts their name, but since then it hasn't really made them first class citizens on its platforms. The TV app, of course, would be a place for Apple's upcoming Apple TV Plus service to live, and the Podcasts app would get podcasts, of course.

For years, iTunes has been growing to encompass more and more functionality, with podcasts, videos, apps, and management of iPhones, iPads and iPods handled within the program. Truthfully, accessing Podcasts from iTunes feels incredibly outdated.

The decision to break up iTunes does make a lot of sense, to some people at least. the app is, as The Verge puts it, already ancient by software standards. As always, if you have any thoughts, feel free to sound them off in the comments section below!

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