Apple finally lets users listen to podcasts directly on the web

Apple Reportedly Bringing Apple Music, Apple TV Apps to the Mac

Music, TV, Podcasts, and "perhaps" Books apps will be in the mix, and the Apple services machine will be kicked into full gear before school is out. Naturally, the TV app will be dedicated toward running Apple's upcoming Apple TV Plus service, and the Podcasts app will be for, well, podcasts. According to 9to5Mac, the company is planning to break up its desktop iTunes app into separate apps: Music, Podcasts and TV. Marzipan is Apple's initiative to bring iOS apps and functionality to macOS using parts of the official iOS app framework UIKit.

As mentioned earlier, by and far the most notable change is the fact that users can now stream a podcast directly from the web browser - the site won't force users to open a podcast in iTunes anymore. People started speculating Apple would launch its other apps individually on MacOS and Troughton-Smith believes this is the case.

What remains unclear is the fate of iTunes once much of the content it is now the home to is moved elsewhere.

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My biggest issue with the iTunes store though is needing to use Apple's annoying iTunes software that seems to serve little objective other than try and force me to use it and get me to sync with other Apple devices I don't own.

Apple will build the new apps on Marzipan, its technology that allows iOS applications to port to macOS without additional coding. That will still be an improvement over iTunes on the Mac, to be honest. However, the sources say it will feature a sidebar that is similar to the News app on the Mac, along with a skinnier title bar and various tabs for Library, Book Store, and the Audiobook Store. Have you tried them on your Mac?

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