iTunes is also unpopular and now more than a decade old, so it is unlikely that Apple will face much resistance to an imminent overhaul from its users.
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Episodes now get their own landing page, which provides show notes and the ability to listen directly from there.
Apple's iTunes has been a pop culture phenomenon of the 21 century and became synonymous with the general shift in media consumption to the digital world. There's still an option to open up iTunes, which users will want to do if they intend to read reviews or access trending charts. It will apparently offer a greatly improved listening experience for all podcast listeners, as the current experience is underwhelming in iTunes. Both Steve Troughton-Smith and 9to5 Mac's Guilherme Rambo have said Apple plans to split iTunes and separate its services.
Having different apps for different service is going to benefit the users and the company in its future endeavors. The 9to5Mac report clearly states that iTunes will not be completely killed off as the app will continue to exist but its functionality will be reduced heavily. iTunes still remains the only possible way for those who use an iPod to transfer songs. Apple Music could mean the end of individual music file purchases, while Apple TV could potentially end the purchase of movie files.