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Apple has quietly released iTunes 12.6.3, which reintroduces the ability to download App Store apps and ringtones from within the iTunes desktop software.

Apple is making this version of iTunes available because "certain business partners might still need to use iTunes to install apps", but the download is basically available to anyone looking to reinstate the functionality that was removed in iTunes 12.7.

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If you've already installed a newer version of iTunes, you can download this version of iTunes on your Mac, PC 32-bit or PC 64-bit and run the installer. After installation is complete, you can continue to deploy apps with iTunes. You won't be prompted to download new versions of iTunes after you install this version.
Installation packages for Mac and PC (32-bit and 64-bit) are available for download on the support page. After the installation, most users will need to rebuild their iTunes Library. To do this, hold down the Option key when the app launches and in the dialog window that appears choose "Create Library...". Give the new library a name that's different to your existing library, and then migrate over your albums using the Add to Library... option under the Files menu.

Apple released iTunes 12.7 in September and said the new version was designed to focus solely on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks, which was the reason behind the removal of the built-in App Store. Following the change, apps and ringtones could only be downloaded on an iOS device.

This special "business edition" of iTunes includes compatibility with iOS 11, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. It's not clear how long Apple will offer iTunes 12.6.3, and the company does not provide technical support for this version, but for those who want the functionality it could be a useful makeweight until Apple comes up with an alternative solution.

(Thanks, Luming!)

Article Link: Apple Quietly Releases iTunes 12.6.3 With Built-In App Store
 

-Ryan-

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Tried it but it said my iTunes library is newer (due to 12.7 installed) and wouldn’t open. So I had to update to 12.7 again. Any help on that problem?
The library won't be compatible. You need to hold Option while opening iTunes and create a new library. Maybe there is someone who can try editing the iTunes library as it is probably the version number in the library file has been updated and prevents it opening.
 
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Roller

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Tried it but it said my iTunes library is newer (due to 12.7 installed) and wouldn’t open. So I had to update to 12.7 again. Any help on that problem?

You have to create a new library and move your stuff into it. I haven't done that yet. Apple should have noted that in their support document.
 
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manu chao

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Tried it but it said my iTunes library is newer (due to 12.7 installed) and wouldn’t open. So I had to update to 12.7 again. Any help on that problem?
You need to restore a version of your library 'file' (iTunes.itl) from before you updated to iTunes 12.7. And probably redo all changes (like adding content, rating songs, creating playlists etc.) done to your iTunes library since then since they won't be reflected in the restored library file.
 
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darkarn

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I will just download this first and then archive this somewhere safe

It won't be long before it gets taken down
 
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alexgowers

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Meh, I think the idea that an iOS device needs a computer for any functionality is going to result in bad decisions. iTunes doesn't need an App Store for a device with the exact same connection to the internet and using the PC as a repository doesn't require an App Store built in for that.

Continuity with autonomy should be the goal. I thought most people wanted a lighter version of iTunes, you gotta let them remove that bloat guys.
 
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JosephAW

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Now if we can get Apple to walk back other bad decisions: Headphone jack, Hide ugly top bezel on iPhone X, Restore Touch ID in iPhone XI, Restore 32bit apps, Remove ugly all white iTunes interface, Restore app purchase transfers in iTunes to desktop, iPhone 5 formfactor, High Sierra for Mac Pro 1,1, iCloud for Snow Leopard, etc...
 
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Meh, I think the idea that an iOS device needs a computer for any functionality is going to result in bad decisions. iTunes doesn't need an App Store for a device with the exact same connection to the internet and using the PC as a repository doesn't require an App Store built in for that.

Continuity with autonomy should be the goal. I though most people wanted a lighter version of iTunes, you gotta let them remove that bloat guys.
How does removing a feature make it lighter you don't hold it lol it can have another add on and still run smooth doesnt mean it wont be as fast, every time we restore a devise as a beta tester its annoying to redownload evey app to ipad and iphone takes ages so this is good
 
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iapplelove

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I’m fine with the new version, and keeping it.. less bloat and it works for my needs.

But glad if this helps anyone out.
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Will the rebuilding be easy and without problems? With so much content of all kinds will there be problems?

I doubt it will go smooth for everyone, another reason I’m keeping the new version. But then again my devices are not filled with useless apps, I tend to only keep the few I need and delete the rest anyway.
 
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