Last night I saw a tweet from my friend Dave Chartier that got me thinking a bit:
Not sure if this is important, but as of ~ yesterday, all my iTunes purchase emails come from @email.apple.com. "iTunes" isn't in address.— David Chartier (@chartier) June 7, 2015
There's a lot of rumor about Apple introducing a new music service tomorrow at WWDC. When I saw Dave's tweet, I wondered if this may be the end of the iTunes name.
Let's be honest, does anyone really even respect the iTunes name anymore? For years I've loathed whenever I have to use it. I know a lot of folks who carry the same sentiment. iTunes has been a cumbersome app for a half decade or more.
And then I am reminded of iPhoto. How much that was being bogged down by its past and how Apple essentially scrapped it and rolled out Photos for OS X. A new, refreshed take on photos brought a new name. And I'm now wondering if the same is due for iTunes. A new, refreshed take on music with a new name.
If I were to pick a name for it, I see one of two possibilities. First, simply Apple Music. It fits the trend of Apple leveraging its own name with the general purpose of the app. Second, I could see them using the Beats name they acquired last year.
We'll see what happens tomorrow, but I sure wouldn't be surprised if Apple said bye to the iTunes name.