“iTunes Is Dead to Me” says Adam Clark Estes / Gizmodo

Consider this an obituary for iTunes. The death comes just weeks after the arrival of Apple Music, its apparent heir, which was not well received by the typically loyal public. iTunes was just 14 years old.

Most people know iTunes from its lengthy and celebrated tenure as the best music app in existence. Its heyday in the mid-to-late aughts was star-studded and widely praised, a magical time for simple yet profoundly innovative software. But I knew iTunes as a friend, a confidante who enabled my often relentless music addiction in productive ways, carrying me through hard times with an iconic interface and dependable elegance. For many years, I couldn’t imagine life without iTunes. Now I must.

The Early, Happy Days

I met iTunes in college, circa 2003. It was my first friend. At the time, the icon ....


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