Right up until Apple started screwing up the Macbook, iTunes was everyone's favorite go-to example of how Apple makes terrible product decisions. That app was a bloated mess which at one point was required to manage your Apple content and devices (in comparison, Amazon let you do the same from a web browser).
Fortunately iTunes became less important as more of its features were moved to the cloud, and now iTunes is going away. Bloomberg reports that Apple is finally ready to move into a new era. The company is launching three new apps for the Mac - Music, TV, and Podcasts - to replace iTunes. This is similar to Apple’s media app strategy on its mobile devices, iPhones and iPads, with one exception: the device management features of iTunes are being shifted to the Music app.
Well, it would be better to say that the features are being shifted to the Music app on the Mac; there's been no word on how Windows users, who make up the majority of iTunes users, will be affected.
I asked Apple for more info on that point, and will report back.