This afternoon Apple released a new version of iTunes, version 12.7 (209MB), which removes the App Store, seemingly slimming down the software. Apple says this new version of iTunes focuses on “music, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks.”
Check it out below—the App Store is gone:
Here’s what’s new:
- Apps: Looking for your past iOS app downloads? Learn how to redownload apps on your iOS device.
- iTunes U: Collections of iTunes U content appear in the Podcasts section of iTunes.
- Internet Radio: Your Internet Radio stations appear in your music library’s sidebar. Click Edit in the sidebar to show or hide Internet Radio.
- Ringtones: iOS 11 supports redownloading ringtones directly to your iOS device, without the need to use iTunes on your Mac or PC.
- Books on Windows: Books on iTunes for Windows are managed in iBooks for iOS. Learn how to redownload books on an iOS device.
Apple says if you’re looking for your old iOS downloads, you can get them from your iOS device, which also is the same for ringtones. Looks like the removal of the App Store is part of the company’s efforts to slim down the all-in-one software, which has been criticized before for trying to do too many things at once.
I didn’t mind seeing the App Store in iTunes, as it was nice to browse app collections and copy links easily. But those days are now gone.
You can find the 12.7 iTunes update in the Mac App Store; Windows users—click here to download it.