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Apple releases iTunes 12.7, ditching App Store and adding iOS 11 support, new social features

Apple has released iTunes 12.7 to all users, adding support for iOS 11 and Apple Music’s new social sharing features. 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. Apple has also eliminated separate categories for Internet Radio and iTunes U, streamlining the interface to place iTunes U collections in Podcasts and listing Internet Radio stations in the music library’s sidebar.

Upon starting iTunes 12.7 for the first time, users will be presented with a dialog box informing them of the new focus on media content and advising them that they will need to use the App Store or the Sounds Settings on iOS to download apps and ringtones, respectively. Note that iTunes 12.7 will not actually remove any previously downloaded apps or ringtones from your computer — the underlying files will remain on your hard drive but will no longer be visible within iTunes, so users will need to clean up these files manually through Finder or Windows Explorer if they no longer want them occupying space on their computer.

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