On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, Apple launched the new version of its celebrated music app, the iTunes 12.7. This came along with a plethora of new Apple products, including the new iPhones (including the flagship iPhone X), the Apple Watch Series 3, the new 4K Apple TV and more.
Not a Store Anymore
With the new iTunes, Apple has re-emphasized its primary use as a music app rather than a not-so-comprehensive counterpart to Google Play Store. The US-based tech giant has removed the iOS App Store from the iTunes.
It’s no longer a place for Apple users to get apps, instead, they would have to rely on the iOS App Store. However, Apple hasn’t taken away any movies, TV shows, audiobooks, or podcasts from the music app.
No Need to Sync
Apple has launched the new version of iTunes (12.7) for both Windows and macOS. The option to sync ringtones and apps to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch has been removed.
In the update prompt, Apple mentions, “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.”
Apple had been at the receiving end of criticism for making iTunes bloated and heavy with the integration of the app store. Hence, this new move, although a bit striking, is a welcome one.
The new iTunes is available for download on the Mac App Store through the Software Update mechanism. Ones, who already have the old version, will receive the update free of cost.