So it sounds like Music will simply be iTunes minus TV etc.
My first reaction was, well heck that’s stupid. Users will have to learn that to sync their iOS device or manage photos, they’ll have to use an app called Music. How idiotic is that? Steve would have never… Yada yada.
The immediate rebuttal is of course that that’s exactly the status quo. We go to “iTunes” to install firmware on a phone. So it’s all good, right? Well not really. iTunes grew historically. We get firmware on the phone there because that phone evolved from an MP3 player and iTunes was originally the app to manage that player because the player was built for that app. But darn, Music is a new app. This would have been the opportunity to clean up things, get rid of historical baggage, and most importantly, do it right. Make things simple and easy to understand again. But nope.
Maybe not a big surprise after all. It appears Music is not a complete new app from the ground up, or in fact based on the existing iOS Music app. Instead it’s simply a cleaned up and rebranded iTunes. There we go. Legacy after all.
I guess we’d all be grateful if iTunes -> Music didn’t follow the dumbing down we saw in Aperture -> Photos or useful Pages -> iCloud compatible Pages or useful AP Utility -> skinny AP Utility. I guess the chances of that happening are a lot smaller if they don’t attempt a rewrite from scratch. So there’s hope!