With iTunes gone, here’s how you can listen to music on MacOS

You must know by now that Apple has killed iTunes in macOS Catalina. However, if you don’t know how to listen to music on macOS now, there is no need to worry. Apple has broken up iTunes into three separate apps: Music, Podcast and Apple TV. This means you can now use the new Music app to listen to music on macOS. If you don’t know how to use the new Music app, then we have detailed everything you need to know.

How to use the new Music app

As we said above, Apple has made all the necessary arrangements to move you from iTunes to the new Music app. Any music that you purchased via iTunes or imported from elsewhere in iTunes will be moved to the new Apple Music app. Similarly, any playlists you created in iTunes will be moved to the new app. However, you will still have to buy music through the iTunes Store. Additionally, iTunes gift cards and credit will work as before.

If you were familiar with iTunes, you won’t have to make much effort to get used to the new Music app. Before we detail how to listen to music on macOS, we will explain how to get your iTunes playlist into the new Music app.

  1. While in the Dock, open the Music app by clicking on it.
  2. Enter your Apple ID and password when prompted to sign in to the iTunes Store.
  3. Click the “Get Started listening” button. The new Music app will now pull your iTunes playlists, including the ones that iTunes made for you.
  4. If your music is not showing up and you have already synced your music library with Apple Music or iTunes Match, then select the “Show all music” button, which is at the top. Alternatively, you can select the “All Music” option from the View menu to get your songs.

How to listen to music on macOS

Now that you have all your music in the new Music app, let’s see how to listen to music on MacOS.

  1. Open Music from the Dock or Applications folder.
  2. The play button will come up as you hover over any album or playlist you want to play. Click on the play button to play the music.
  3. To play a particular song, click on the album or playlist.
  4. Hover over the song or track number that you want to listen to and click on the play button that appears. That’s it!

You can also subscribe to Apple’s music-streaming service called Apple Music to listen to music. To sign up for the service, follow these steps:

  1. From the left sidebar, click on “For You” to check the Apple Music service. The service allows you to listen to curated playlists, tune into radio stations and stream songs.
  2. Enter the required details to subscribe to the service. The service offers a one-month free trial. After the free period ends, the service will cost US$9.99/£9.99/A$11.99 per month.

Another option to get Music is to use the iTunes Store. The iTunes Store works the same as before. To access the iTunes Store from the Music app, follow these steps:

  1. On the left side in the Music sidebar, click “iTunes Store.”
  2. You will now be directed to familiar territory. The new music options will be in the center of the app’s window, while the charts will be on the right and the music that might interest you will be at the bottom.

How to view your music library in the new Music app

To view your music library in the new Music app, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Music app from the Dock or Applications folder.
  2. To view the albums and songs (but not playlists) that have been added to the library, click on “Recently Added” in the sidebar. To browse through the artists whose music is in your library, click on “Artists” in the sidebar. To browse your music collection by albums, click “Albums” in the sidebar. To view your songs, click on “Songs.”
  3. To view a playlist, click on a playlist in the sidebar to open it. The playlists will be sorted on the basis of origin, with the first being iTunes-created playlists followed by any playlists that you created or subscribed to via Apple Music.
  4. Now go the menu bar and click “View.”
  5. Hover over “Sort Albums By” (or songs). You can sort by title, genre, year, or rating in ascending or descending order.

You can also easily import any music from your Mac into the Music app. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Music app from the Dock or Applications folder.
  2. Click on “File” and then “Import.”
  3. Select the file or folder that you wish to import.
  4. Click “Open.”

That’s it!

To learn more about the new Music app, check the video below:



About the Author

Aman Jain
Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both Marketing and Finance side. He has worked as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, reviewing tech gadgets, playing PC games and cricket. - Email him at amanjain@valuewalk.com