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In a day filled with surprises, Apple has shocked us once again with the release of iTunes 12.7, which entirely revamps the iTunes App. The new iTunes is designed to focus solely on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks, which means there is no built-in App Store.

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The App Store has been entirely eliminated in iTunes 12.7, as has the ringtones section of iTunes. Internet Radio is now part of Music, and iTunes U has been folded into Podcasts, as Apple announced in late August.

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Apps can now only be downloaded on an iOS device using an iOS device, and the same goes for ringtones. In addition to the removal of the App Store, today's update adds support for syncing iOS 11 devices and includes support for new Apple Music features that allow you to follow friends and see what they're listening to.
The new iTunes focuses on music, movies, TV shows, and audiobooks. It adds support for syncing iOS 11 devices and includes new features for--

Apple Music. Now discover music with friends. Members can create profiles and follow each other to see music they are listening to and any playlists they've shared.

Podcasts. iTunes U collections are now part of the Apple Podcasts family. Search and explore free educational content produced by leading schools, universities, museums, and cultural institutions all in one place.

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.
The new iTunes 12.7 update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store through the Software Update mechanism. The update is available for all iTunes users at no cost.

Article Link: Apple Releases iTunes 12.7 With Major Changes, Including No Built-In App Store
 

fastasleep

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Curious how this affects people who still backup their iOS devices and apps to iTunes. I'm actually fine with them removing the ability to store iOS apps on the Mac, I know they were moving away from that. Just wondering what happens when you upgrade, if you've been doing it that way? Does it throw all those out? Are all the local iOS device sync/backup options still there?
 
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WannaGoMac

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I guess there's no more way to install a previous version of an App when a developer releases a newer version full of advertisements/bugs. I went back to the older versions of Shazam, IMDB, TWC, etc., before they sucked.


Suspect this might help?
Apps: Looking for your past iOS app downloads? Learn how to redownload apps on your iOS device.

In any case, older versions can have security issues so not sure thats a best practice...
 
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Appleaker

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People are saying this is a good thing, they don’t realise the lost functionality. If they want to improve iTunes performance and make it less cluttered, completely removing features like this isn’t the answer. I agree with it, but I also think there should be another application for syncing devices and managing apps.
 
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WannaGoMac

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How do you create your own ringtones now?
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That doesn't redownload older versions, just the current version (even if the app has been pulled from the Store).

I understood people with older phones not on the latest iOS could get app versions that worked on that iOS previously? Not sure if that helps...
 
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Porsupah

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So, if you want to download an app to both your iPhone and iPad, you've now got to download it twice? Hopefully, as noted above, iTunes still keeps copies locally.

What of switching stores? The iOS 11 App Store doesn't offer any means to switch accounts, seemingly locking it to the account specified in the system preferences. Presumably that's now (for now?) got to be accomplished in the iTunes Store.
 
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Paradoxally

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People are saying this is a good thing, they don’t realise the lost functionality. If they want to improve iTunes performance nd make it less cluttered, completely removing features like this isn’t the answer. I agree with it, but I also think there should be another application for syncing devices and managing apps.

I guess Apple would rather 100% of people get better performance at the expense of 1% of total users who used that outdated functionality.
 
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ideal.dreams

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Okay the App Store I get, I don't use iTunes to download iOS apps and as of a few months ago, I stopped storing IPA files on my MacBook.

But how do we go about adding our own ringtones to our phones now? The ringtones Apple sells on the iTunes Store are complete garbage and I've made a bunch of my own. How am I supposed to do that now?
 
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Paradoxally

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I understood people with older phones not on the latest iOS could get app versions that worked on that iOS previously? Not sure if that helps...

Yes, but not if they're running the latest version of iOS (or one the app currently supports).
 
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