Now there's an app for every media type
With macOS Catalina, your music, videos, podcasts and audiobooks have been organised into their own dedicated apps – the Apple Music app, Apple TV app, Apple Podcasts app and Apple Books app. You can also access your iTunes Store purchases in these apps.
If you have a PC, you can continue to use iTunes for Windows to manage your media library, make purchases and manually sync and manage your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Use Finder to sync and manage your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
Finder is the new place to back up, update or restore your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Just connect your device to your Mac and it will appear in the Finder sidebar. And you can drag and drop files to your device easily.
Upgrade your iTunes library
After you've updated to macOS Catalina, just open the Apple Music app or Apple TV app to use your iTunes library in the new apps. Do you have multiple iTunes libraries? Find out how to switch between them in macOS Catalina.
If you open the Apple Podcasts app or Apple Books app first, you won't be able to see any of your media until you've opened the Apple Music app or Apple TV app.
Here are some things to know
- The Apple Music app and Apple TV app will read the contents of your iTunes library – so don't delete your iTunes library.
- If you open the Apple Music app and can't see all of your album artwork, leave the Apple Music app open so your album artwork can finish downloading.
- If you've used multiple iTunes libraries previously, your audiobooks will be imported into the Apple Books library and podcasts will be imported into the Apple Podcasts library on your computer.
Where's my media?
Here's where you can find your entire media collection, access your iTunes Store purchases and synced libraries.
All of your music will now be in the Apple Music app
The Apple Music app is where you can find all of your music, including music that you've imported into iTunes, purchased from the iTunes Store, and playlists and smart playlists that you've created in iTunes. And if you subscribe to Apple Music, you can stream and download millions of songs, and access your entire music library across all of your devices.
Are you looking for the iTunes Store?
If you can't see the iTunes Store in the sidebar, here's how to find it:
- Open the Apple Music app.
- In the menu bar, choose Music > Preferences.
- Go to the General tab and select iTunes Store.
- Click OK.
Everything you watch is now in the Apple TV app
The Apple TV app is the new home for all of your films, TV programmes and home videos – including your purchases from iTunes. Browse films and TV programmes that you can buy, rent films and subscribe to just the channels you want to watch. And soon you'll be able to discover new favourites with Apple TV+.
Find podcasts in the Apple Podcasts app
Find all of the shows you’ve subscribed to or added to iTunes in the Apple Podcasts app. Continue listening to your favourite podcast episodes. And discover new shows you may like based on the ones you’re already listening to.
Listen with the Apple Podcasts app on your iPhone or iPad.
Listen with the Apple Podcasts app on your Mac.
Listen to audiobooks in the Apple Books app
Find your audiobooks, including the ones you've purchased from iTunes, in the Apple Books app. Discover new books to read in the Book Store. Or buy audiobooks from the new Audiobook Store so you can listen on the go.
The Apple Music app, Apple TV app, Apple Podcast app and Apple Books app aren’t available in all countries and regions. Find out what’s available in your country or region.