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iTunes says good-bye to the App Store

by Sean P. Aune | September 13, 2017September 13, 2017 10:00 am EST

Apple apparently had a lot more up its sleeve on Tuesday than it revealed on stage, and that included a major change to iTunes.

A lot of big announcements were made on stage at the Apple event, but news such as a price hike to the iPad Pro was not included. Also not discussed was the update of iTunes to version 12.7. While an iTunes update isn’t typically newsworthy, but one of the changes certainly caught everyone’s attention and that was the removal of the iOS App Store from the software.

This means from here on out you will need to shop for apps only on your iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad. Also removed were ringtones and iTunes U has been folded into the Podcasts section. Internet Radio was moved into the Music section.

If you need to redownload any apps you will just need to search for them in the App Store on your device and grab them from there.

While this may not have a huge impact on most users, it will make it more difficult to casually browse for the next app that will consume your life, and perhaps a bit more difficult for developers to promote their work.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...