iTunes on various platforms after Catalina

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I keep my iTunes library on a NAS. While I access it from my Mac (currently running MacOS v10.14.5), my wife accesses it from a Windows 7 system using iTunes for Windows.

My concern is that if I upgrade my Mac to v10.15 Catalina and access the iTunes library, the library format will be modified such that it will be unavailable to my wife until she upgrades to a newer version of iTunes for Windows, or whatever replaces iTunes for Windows.

My second concern is that Windows 7 is going away and consequently Apple might discontinue support for iTunes on Windows 7. If so, my wife would never have a way to access the upgraded iTunes library after I move to Catalina.

My third concern: We are, of course, looking at getting rid of Windows 7. Rather than move to Windows 10, we're looking at Linux instead. I understand iTunes can run on Linux using WINE. Question 1, is this accessible using the Orca screen reader on Linux? Question 2: Assuming there is a new iTunes for Windows that's compatible with a Catalina iTunes library, how well does it run on WINE?

Thanks for any help. Please include specific version numbers.



Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Just updated to a new iTunes yesterday for Windows 10. From what I heard regarding iTunes for the mac the same things are in iTunes just brokendown in 4 parts. TV, Music, Podcast and Find.

Submitted by Blade Runner on Wednesday, October 9, 2019

You don't have to use iTunes to access iTunes media. You can use VLC or, I suppose Windows Media player.
Just make sure that the iTunes media folder is organized and point one of the alternatives to the root music folder.
That all being said however, iTunes was the best media organizer that ever existed in my opinion. RIP iTunes.
One of the things keeping me from upgrading at the moment is the absence of the column browser in the new music app.
Another is the ridiculous podcast app.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Thanks that they still doing updates in Windows 10. I am sure that will end probably next year. Well there is a webpage for apple music where you can check all your music, and other media.