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    The company made the announcement during the developer conference Monday. The changes come as a part of new Mac software update named Catalina. This approach has already been implemented for mobile devices.

    Apple has announced it will break its long-running iTunes application on Mac computers into 3 separate applications: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV.

    These changes come with the newest OS update for Macs called Catalina, the tech company announced during a developers' conference in California.

    Earlier, the company already implemented a similar approach for its mobile devices — the iPhone and iPad. The iTunes app has been launched 16 years ago, as an application for iPod music player.

    According to an AP report, the Cupertino-based tech giant will focus on digital services such as video streaming in an effort to compensate for "eroding sales" of its leading product, the iPhone.

    The new software update would also allow for using iPads as a second display for Mac computers, Apple announced Monday.

    READ MORE: Apple Kills Off iTunes Social Media Pages Amid Speculation About App's Closure

    The company also announced it will launch its own sign-in platform that will enable sign-ins to Google and Facebook. The feature is positioned as a service for people that are concerned about sharing too much personal information about themselves and their online activities with the two tech giants, says AP.

    Another privacy-focused feature will allow users to share their location with applications just once, instead of constantly. The feature likewise blocks apps from using wireless networks to determine users' locations.

    Apple's decision to focus on privacy comes after major breaches and other privacy issues that have plagued both Google and Facebook in recent years.

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