apple itunes 12.7 update app store removal

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Apple erases the iOS App Store from iTunes

You'll no longer be able to sync apps from a desktop to an iPhone.

Sep 13, 2017, 4:11 pm

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Phillip Tracy

Apple sneakily removed a big section from the desktop version of iTunes on Tuesday as the world was focused on the release of its three new iPhones.

Once users install version 12.7 of iTunes they will no longer be able to sync apps or ringtones to their iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Also, the App Store, which for years has been awkwardly integrated into iTunes on desktop, is no longer there.

“If you previously used iTunes to sync apps or ringtones on your iOS device, use the new App Store or Sounds Settings on iOS to redownload them without your Mac,” an update prompt reads.

It appears Apple wants to trim down its legendary music service, which has been criticized over the years for having messy interfaces and a strange relationship with iOS. The focus will now shift back to what iTunes does best: music. You’ll still have access to music, movies, TV shows, audiobooks, and podcasts. Fortunately, if an app or ringtone isn’t available for redownloading from your mobile device, you’ll still be able to plug your phone into your computer to sync them.

A few other changes in the iTunes update include shifting iTunes U to the Podcasts section and moving internet radio stations to the music library sidebar.

Windows users can download version 12.7 of iTunes using this link.

H/T the Verge

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*First Published: Sep 13, 2017, 4:11 pm