Apple's iTunes update removes the iOS app store

iTunes 12.7 now includes music, movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, and Audiobooks only.

Follow all the latest news from Apple's iPhone event here! As you might be already aware, the App Store has been an integral part of the iTunes app and its removal indicates that the Cupertino-based company wants to shift the app's focus to music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and other entertainment choices.

As well as removing the app store from iTunes Apple has also removed the ringtones section, you can see the release notes below. Ditching the App Store means that apps can only be downloaded using an iOS device, but as significant as this is, it is not the only notable change in the software.

Of course, if you absolutely need to restore a ringtone or app that's no longer available, Apple says that will still be possible if you plug the device into your PC with a USB cable. It is debatable whether it is a right step by the company to remove the App Store from the iTunes app as more options are usually preferred by us as users. Apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are now exclusively available in the new App Store for iOS.

iTunes for PC and Mac is putting the emphasis back on being an app for music. Once users install version 12.7 they will no longer have access to the App Store from the desktop.

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