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iTunes 12.7 for Mac Removes iOS App Store

Robby Fester,

The release of iTunes 12.7 for Mac has been quite surprising and controversial event for many in the Mac community. The disappearance of two important elements – the iOS App Store and ringtones was truly unexpected. The redesigned iTunes, much as its predecessor versions, focuses on sales of movies, music, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks. But the multi-app has become a bit less multi as it no longer includes an App Store for buying applications for iPhone or iPad and the ringtones.

Thus, to buy an iOS app, you have to do it on the iOS device itself. No longer can you buy an iOS app within iTunes, and then load the app to your device while performing a sync. Apple has announced that iTunes U content can be found in the podcasts section of iTunes. And if you purchased ringtones through iTunes, you can download them via your iPhone with the use of the App Store application, or following the path Settings > Sounds > Ringtone > Store.

In this short review, we do not mention other novelties of iTunes 12.7 such as its security content.

Upgrading to iTunes 12.7

  1. On your Mac, launch the App Store application in the Applications folder.
  2. In the app, choose Update button at the top of the screen.
  3. The application will look for new updates on the Internet. If you do not see the iTunes 12.7 update, try to reload the page by pressing Command-R.
  4. When you are ready, click the Update button. If the iTunes is open, your device will signal that installation cannot proceed until you close iTunes. Click Continue, then your Mac will close iTunes and continue the upgrade.
  5. The installation will last several minutes. You need not restart your Mac unless you are going to install other available OS updates by pressing Update All button.
  6. On launching iTunes 12.7 you will see a disclaimer on the changes in the new version.
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