With the new Music app in macOS Catalina, which retains most of the music functions of iTunes, but sloughs off the other media kinds that the previous app managed, there is a change in the way the iTunes Store is handled. In some cases, users won’t even see the iTunes Store…
If a user has an Apple Music account, they won’t see the iTunes Store. You can display it, if you wish, in the Music app’s Preferences, on the General pane, but if you’re a streamer, you won’t see it by default.
The iTunes Store is certainly not going away, but Apple is considering that streamers don’t want to buy music… It’s interesting that, while Apple has made the interfaces of the four apps that replace iTunes (Music, TV, Podcasts, and Books) very similar, two of these apps retain the tabbed navigation bar: TV and Books. And these are both apps where there is more content to purchase than to stream.
MacDailyNews Take: As Apple breaks up the bloated iTunes, new opportunities for bloat multiply! On thing we’d like to see as Apple Music subscribers are the “song popularity,” “ratings and reviews,” and “related” metrics and lists that iTunes Store offers when viewing albums.