Yesterday, confirming rumors, Apple announced the start of iTunes death. When it launches in September / October, macOS Catalina 10.15 will no longer have the app as we know it today, splitting it into three new ones: Music, Podcasts, and Apple TV.
But that still won't be the ultimate end of iTunes. To begin with history, iTunes Store Store that sells music, movies and TV shows continue to exist. In macOS Catalina, interestingly, Apple preferred to embed it in Finder itself rather than inside some of the new apps it runs in the side column of the new Music app.
J in the world Windows, as reported by Ars Technica, iTunes as an app will continue to exist as today, Apple (at least for now) not launching standalone apps for PC users.
I don't know about Podcasts, but I see perfectly well this happening in the future with Apple music it's the Apple tv. In fact, with Apple's growing investment in services, it is in her best interest to continue to have a strong presence in Microsoft's operating system as it does in Android in the mobile world.
ITunes Features on Mac
The same article from Ars It also clarifies other aspects of more "classic" iTunes functions on the Mac that some might think would disappear in the new Music app.
One of them was clarified yesterday, in the keynote of WWDC19: the sync with iPads, iPhones, and iPods touch now happen in Finder. When you plug in a device to the Mac, nothing happens. If you want to sync something, just open a Finder window and the device will be there in the side column ready to be selected.
The new app Music continue housing local libraries tracks downloaded or purchased from the iTunes Store, not just the Apple Music collection. It will hardly be possible to rip CDs / DVDs on it, however, because it has been many years since Macs have lost these media drives.
Update 6/4/2019 5:07 PM
Our reader Flaumbert Streets warned us that Micah Singleton, editor of Billboard, posted a new tweet correcting about the iTunes Store running in the side column of the new Music app, and not by Finder. It really makes a lot more sense.