Mac Os Catalina Itunes

This guide will take you step by step through the process of getting iTunes to work on a Mac running macOS Catalina (10.15).

While plenty of people are glad iTunes is gone, that doesn’t mean everyone is happy about it. Using the free and open source app Retroactive, getting iTunes back on your Mac is a breeze. Note: this amazing app also allows you to install Aperture and iPhoto in macOS Catalina.

  1. Head over to the Retroactive home page and click the large Click to download the Retroactive app link.
  2. After you’ve opened and extracted the contents of the .zip file, instead of double-clicking the app to run it, right-click (or ctrl + click) it.
  3. Select Open from the context menu.
  4. In all likelihood, an error message will appear. Don’t fret, just click OK
  5. Right-click the app again and select Open
  6. This time the error message should include an Open button – click it.
  7. Select iTunes – you can re-run the app and install Aperture or iPhoto later if you’d like.
  8. Choose the version of iTunes you’d like to install and then click Continue
  9. Before the installation can start you’ll need to authenticate, so click the Authenticate button.
  10. Enter the same username and password you use to sign into your Mac and click OK
  11. Now you may want to go grab yourself a cup of tea or coffee – this is probably going to take a while.
  12. Before the installation can finish you’ll need to authenticate yet again.
  13. Finally! Click the Launch iTunes button.
  14. Ta-da! Now you have iTunes up and running on your Mac again :)
  15. Going forward you can launch iTunes from your Applications folder the same way you used to.

With iTunes making its exit, syncing devices in macOS Catalina is now taken care of courtesy the Finder app. It can back up and sync those devices. According to Apple, it will be easier to drag. Mac operating systems are free since the launch of OS X Mavericks in 2013. Windows 10 was likewise a free update until 29 July 2016 (out of Windows 7 8) – but today, you are going to need to cover #119.99 for the Home edition of Windows 10 and £219.99 for Windows 10 Pro.

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Anyone using MacBooks and Macs has been able to download macOS Catalina since its WWDC 2019 release. And, with its release comes a lot of fantastic features that weren’t present in prior versions of the operating system.

It’s true that some well-loved features, such as iTunes, bit the dust with the introduction of macOS Catalina. However, Apple has replaced those features with great apps such as Apple Books, Apple TV, Apple Podcasts, and, of course, Apple Music. It’s not just new apps that come with the new OS. Other new updates and features include “Project Catalyst,” which allows iOS 13 and iPadOS developers to port their work easily to macOS 10.15, as well as Sidecar, which lets you use newer iPad models as a second screen.

We’ve dug deep into all the significant features that make macOS Catalina one of the biggest updates that macOS has seen in some time.

If you’re not sure about using macOS Catalina after reading about it, possibly because it still has some issues, consider instead updating to the newer macOS 11 Big Sur. It’s surprisingly even bigger of an update compared to Catalina, with its own list of incredible features to make using an Apple that much better.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? macOS 10.15 Catalina, successor to macOS 10.14 Mojave
  • When is it out? Out now
  • How much will it cost? Nothing. Apple software updates are always free

macOS Catalina release date

Apple held its iPhone 11 event on September 10, but the show came and went without so much of a mention of macOS 10.15. Still, Apple's macOS 10.15 Catalina page was updated with an 'October 2019' release window. Apple didn't share any more specifics about the release, so when it launched it caught us all by surprise.

Fortunately, this does mean you can now download macOS Catalina, so long as you have a compatible Mac. You might want to wait until the next update comes out, just to ensure that any serious bugs are squashed. You see, updating your operating system is definitely a large undertaking, and you could possibly break something, losing a lot of valuable data. So, if you don't absolutely need the new software, waiting may be your best bet.

Mac Os Catalina Itunes

We'll update this hub as soon as we know a new update is on its way, but if you want to live on the edge, go ahead and hit that download button. We'll show you how.

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macOS Catalina compatibility

If you want to get your paws on the latest macOS update, you'll have to make sure your Mac can really support it. Fortunately, if you already have macOS Mojave installed, you're probably in the clear. Unless, of course, you circumnavigated Apple's restrictions.

  • 12-inch MacBook (2015 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2012 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (2012 and later)
  • Mac mini (2012 and later)
  • iMac (2012 and later)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac Pro (2013 and later)

Goodbye, iTunes – hello, Apple Music, Podcasts Books and TV

It's official, iTunes is no more. From its ashes, however, rises a unique collection of magnificent apps for macOS: Apple Music, Apple TV, Apple Podcasts and Apple Books – and they will be polished versions of those already found on iOS.


Apple Music gives macOS Catalina users access to their entire music libraries regardless of whether the tracks have been downloaded or are being streamed. This also holds music that's been ripped from CDs, incorporated into the same libraries.

Apple TV, on the other hand, is home for the app's channels and offers more than 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows that you can browse to buy or rent. And, content will be available in 4K HDR video and Dolby Atmos audio wherever it’s offered. Apple TV+ can also be accessed courtesy of this app now that the service has rolled out.

At the same time, Apple Podcasts brings the service's more than 700,000 podcasts, as well as new episode updates, to the Mac in a totally fresh interface. This rendition of the app also offers better search functions that can pull up episodes by hosts, guests or even discussion topics.

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Finally, Apple Books is the portal to all the audiobooks you would want to purchase, download and listen to. Similar to the other new apps, it also features a familiar interface for anyone who is used to iTunes.

Concerned about all your existing music and playlists, as well as iTunes gift cards and credit? Don’t worry. All your music and playlists will be transferred over to the Apple Music app in macOS Catalina. Plus, any iTunes gift cards or unspent iTunes credits are still valid to be used in these new apps.

In macOS 10.15 Catalina, the iTunes Store, which is accessible through the Sidebar in the Apple Music app, is still available to buy new music. And of course, you can also subscribe to the Apple Music streaming service using the app – if you do, you can hide the iTunes Store for a cleaner, more minimalist interface.

With iTunes making its exit, syncing devices in macOS Catalina is now taken care of courtesy the Finder app. It can back up and sync those devices. According to Apple, it will be easier to drag and drop files for quick transfers as well.

Sidecar turns your iPad into another display

This is perhaps the most thrilling update that macOS 10.15 Catalina offers: the ability to extend your Mac's display to a nearby iPad, whether wired or wirelessly. A good amount of MacBook users are already own an iPad, so this essentially means that a significant number of mobile workers just received a secondary display for free.

Possibly even more notable for designers is that this connected iPad can also be used as a drawing tablet with specific supported apps. Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Illustrator and iWork are the first apps listed that support this capability.

The Sidecar feature is supported by those models that can also run the new iPadOS, specifically the iPad Pro (all models), iPad (6th generation or later), iPad Mini (3rd generation or later), and the iPad Air (3rd generation).

Apple says that the following Mac apps will support Sidecar's Apple Pencil input and other enhanced features:

  • Adobe: After Effects, Illustrator, Premiere Pro
  • Affinity Designer & Affinity Photo
  • Cinema 4D
  • CorelDRAW
  • DaVinci Resolve
  • Final Cut Pro & Motion
  • Maya
  • Painter
  • Principle
  • Sketch
  • Substance Designer & Painter
  • ZBrush

Screen Time comes to macOS

One of Apple's most meaningful changes to iOS 12 was Screen Time, an app that tracks your iPhone or iPad usage time and offers insights into the trends. This time around, this feature will not only come to macOS with Catalina, but also offer a new “One more minute” feature, giving you more time to save your work or finish up a game.

This information will also be synced across your other Apple devices, so that you have a complete profile of how often you look at your collective screens, as well as get tips on what to do with that information. Additionally, it will also include parental controls on time spent using a Mac, as well as with whom kids are able to interact with on those devices.

Project Catalyst

Thanks to Apple's new Project Catalyst initiative, macOS 10.15 Catalina will soon be populated with a slew of iOS and iPadOS apps. There are a number of them available at launch, but the real potential of this initiative is that it opens up the floodgates for all kinds of apps to come over to the Mac.

For developers, it all seems to start with simply checking off a box within the Xcode app in macOS 10.15 Catalina. A series of new features and protocols then become available to the app in the development phase, from which the developer can choose to add to their apps – presumably with additional yet lighter coding.


It looks to make the process smoother and even quicker, with even the likes of Twitter using the tool to more effortlessly bring its native app back to macOS from iOS.

Other fun improvements

Safari browser now has a new startup page that uses Siri Suggestions to surface commonly visited websites, bookmarks, iCloud tabs and more.

Mail now lets users block messages from senders, mute message threads from issuing push notifications and send unsubscribe requests from within the app to mailing list providers.

Lastly, Reminders gets an overhaul in the visual interface so that it will allow users to more easily create, keep track and organize their reminders.

  • This is the new Mac Pro for 2019