Apple Updates iTunes App, Removes iOS App Store Support

Posted in Apple News, Mac on 13/09/2017 by Chris Hauk


Apple on Tuesday updated its iTunes app for desktop computers, removing a bit of bloat from the app by removing the iOS App Store from the software.

Apple Updates iTunes App, Removes iOS App Store Support

Once the app has been updated to version 12.7, restarting it displays the dialog box shown above. The new version places an emphasis on music, TV shows, movies, audiobooks, and podcasts.

The move appears to be an effort to de-bloat the venerable app a bit, perhaps responding to complaints by users as to how congested the app has grown over the years.

Apple explains the changes to iTunes in a support document here, saying:

The new iTunes focuses on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks. Apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are now exclusively available in the new App Store for iOS. And the new App Store makes it easy to get, update, and redownload apps—all without a Mac or PC.

You’ll find these changes in the new iTunes:

Manage apps and other content

You can find iOS apps, ringtones, and books (PC only) that you’ve already downloaded in your iTunes Media folder.

If you have an iOS app, ringtone, or book that’s no longer available for redownload, you can move that content to your iOS device while plugged in to a computer with a USB cable.

The new version of the app also adds iOS 11 support, meaning at least for now, you can still manage your devices, including backing up and restoring your device.

Apple’s iTunes version 12.7 is available as a free download in the Mac App Store.


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.