Word on the street is that Apple is going to (finally) launch a standalone Music app for the next version of macOS. And now a few more details have leaked out ahead of this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference.
9to5Mac has the report on Thursday. This is based on the original report that stated the new Apple Music app would be based on Marzipan, which allows iOS apps to run on macOS. However, it turns out that detail was a bit off. According to unnamed sources, the new standalone Music app will be based on iTunes and not the iOS version of the app.
This means it will be an AppKit app and not a Marzipan app. The new standalone Music app will reportedly feature some of the “advanced features” already baked into iTunes, like smart playlists. It will also be able to sync with an iPhone (and iPods) when physically connected by a cable, advanced library management, and more.
iTunes will be changing moving forward, with different standalone apps for media types. That means we’ll see this app change its name to “Music” (and not Apple Music):
“This new version would be the final step in the process that started with iTunes 12.7, which was updated to focus on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks. With new standalone apps for all media types on macOS 10.15, iTunes becomes focused on just music and gets renamed to Music, like its counterpart on iOS.”
The report ends with a suggestion that Apple could make the legacy version of iTunes, what’s available right now, still available for folks who want it.
As it stands right now, the expectation is that Apple is going to launch standalone apps for TV, Books, Podcasts, and Music. We will likely hear more about that, and Marzipan in general, at this year’s WWDC which kicks off in the beginning of June.