In its latest attempt to stop people from illegally downloading music, Apple is reportedly planning to force all iTunes users to download the company’s new music manager, which it hopes will stop unauthorized artists from making money off their work.
Apple said in a statement on Tuesday that it is developing a new music management tool that will work with Apple Music and the iTunes Store, allowing users to buy or rent music without the need for a subscription.
Users of Apple Music will be able to manage their accounts from a central place.
The music will also be available on the cloud, allowing customers to listen to it offline, or transfer it to a different device.
Users who have already purchased music through Apple Music, which began in October, will be allowed to stream the music without a subscription if they subscribe to the new music app.
The new Apple Music app will also let users rent music from a third-party, and purchase songs for a discounted price.
But for those who have downloaded the music manager before, they will have to do it again.
Apple said the new app will automatically download any music you have bought and that iTunes will allow users to control the music and track it if they wish.
“This new music-management app will allow you to listen and control the songs you own, without needing to download them,” the company said in the statement.
“We have also added the ability to manage your music through a centralized service, making it easier for you to make music-related purchases without needing a subscription.”
Apple has long been accused of using its iTunes app to unfairly manipulate users, and Apple Music has been accused in the past of not being a fair way to access music.
The company has said it does not force people to buy an album, but only allows users to listen, stream and rent it.
Apple’s statement comes as Apple’s stock has dropped to its lowest point in more than six months, and as its rivals including Spotify and Rdio have also stepped up their efforts to protect their own customers.
In an interview with Reuters, Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, said that it was “highly likely” that the music-manager tool would not have the same impact on piracy as its predecessor, iTunes.
“There is a lot of uncertainty around what it’s going to be, because it’s a totally different experience,” Cook said.
“But it’s highly likely that it will have a very different impact.”
He added that he was not yet sure what kind of music the music managers would have, but that it would have the ability “to be an extension of iTunes”.
In a recent blog post, Apple said it was planning to introduce a new “Music Manager” app for the iPhone, iPad and Mac that will let users buy, stream, rent and purchase music without going through iTunes.
It said the app would also let people download and purchase a song for free.
The company has been criticised by some music industry figures for its aggressive stance on piracy, with many in the music industry arguing that Apple’s approach has been detrimental to the industry.