Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Apple has removed the App Store from desktop iTunes

Apple has removed the App Store from desktop iTunes

Apple has updated iTunes on macOS to eliminate ringtones, iTunes U, and perhaps most surprising of all, iOS apps.

"The new iTunes focuses on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks", Apple said on its support page.

Apple removes built-in App Store section with the new iTunes update
Apple's iTunes removes iOS App Store from desktop version

"If you previously used iTunes to sync apps or ringtones on your iOS devices, use the new App Store or Sounds Settings on iOS to redownload them without your Mac", the company says in its update. Beginning as soon as you download iTunes version 12.7, you'll notice the App Store has been removed, meaning users will have to go to the standalone App Store to buy or sync apps for their various devices.

The upcoming mobile operating system from Apple can be downloaded and installed over-the-air starting on Tuesday, Sept. 19. That means iOS users can no longer download iOS apps from their desktops, as Apple now pushes them toward the iOS 11 App Store. Click Continue to have your Mac close iTunes and continue with the upgrade.

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When opening iTunes 12.7 for the first time, users will be greeted by an update prompt from Apple. People will also be more likely to use the redesigned App Store coming in iOS 11. Games and Apps on the new iOS 11 App Store will be more informative with support for more video demos, app ratings/rankings and age rating.

Apple has cut some of the clutter from its iTunes software by removing the ability to buy and transfer iOS apps from the program.

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