Apple strips the App Store from iTunes 12.7

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The new update doesn't solve all of the design problems with iTunes, which is still used for videos, audiobooks and podcasts, but it puts some of the focus back on its original objective: listening to music.

If you purchased ringtones through iTunes, Apple says that you can download them through your iPhone using the App Store app, or through Settings Sounds Ringtone Store. The update also entirely does away with the App Store and Ringtones (and Books for Windows users), leaving those items to live on the iOS devices where they're actually used and taking iTunes out of the equation.

On the Mac, users will have to open the App Store from the Applications folder or from the App Dock. The software build was earlier leaked when an Apple employee emailed the public download URLs of iOS 11 to 9to5Mac and MacRumors.

When opening iTunes 12.7 for the first time, users will be greeted by an update prompt from Apple. If the iTunes app is open, your Mac will tell you that the installation can not proceed until you close iTunes.

Apple has also made some changes on where other content in iTunes 12.7 are found.

Downloading and installing iTunes 12.7 should only take a few minutes, but this will depend on the user's internet speed.

Apps: Looking for your past iOS app downloads? Click Continue to have your Mac close iTunes and continue with the upgrade.

Meanwhile, the iOS 11 is also now on public beta and is already equipped with some of the newest and most interesting features that would make iPhones and iPads work more efficiently and faster. What it adds in this update is the ability to sync with devices running iOS 11 and social music sharing for Apple Music subscribers.

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