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Apple blocks iTunes Store on iTunes 8.x?

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2011
News Categories: iTunes

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Apple has blocked access to the iTunes Store for users running iTunes version 8.2.1 and earlier, according to a 9 to 5 Mac report. Citing a reader tip, the report claims that a user running iTunes 8.2.1 on a G3-powered Mac attempted to access the store, only to see a prompt to upgrade to iTunes 10. According to the reader, the store worked fine previously on 8.2.1, indicating that this is a recent change. Notably, iTunes 8.2.1 was the last version of the software to support G3-based Macs, leaving these legacy devices with no way to access the store. iLounge has confirmed that the iTunes Store is still accessible by users running iTunes 9, which ushered in a redesign of the iTunes Store.

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1

The same thing happened to me running Vista.  Guess I won’t be buying anyting more from crapple…

Posted by The Digital Alchemit on April 26, 2011 at 10:56 AM (PDT)

2

@1: What’s the aversion to the latest version?

Posted by camembert on April 26, 2011 at 5:01 PM (PDT)

3

My Commodore 64 won’t access the internet any more…Boohoo. Just upgrade your friggin’ iTunes software people. It’s free!!!

Posted by Bikergeek on April 26, 2011 at 7:21 PM (PDT)

4

Oh come on people, this is ridiculous. Apple’s dropping iTunes store support for an architecture thats 10+ years old; this is bad in what way? It’s not like they’re killing iTunes on older versions- simply the store won’t work anymore. No biggie.

Posted by Josh Calvetti on April 26, 2011 at 7:48 PM (PDT)

5

The problem is that from version 10 even Power PC G5 Macs cannot upgrade to new versions of iTunes, which is absolutely ridiculous when it is possible to upgrade from WINDOWS XP!!!!!!!
So Apple is willing to support Windows XP users and not its previous generation own iMacs? What kind of policy is this?

Posted by wsrmatre on April 27, 2011 at 1:59 AM (PDT)

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You do understand that the reason XP is still supported is that it runs on the same x86 architecture that iTunes 10 is coded for, right? PowerPC support is going the way of the dodo, sorry.

Posted by Cash on April 27, 2011 at 3:14 AM (PDT)

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@2:  I know it’s trivial to update, but a- I don’t like that 10 doesn’t have colored icons and b- I’m tired of crapple telling me what to do…

You’re right though, I’ll update at some point but I’m not in any hurry to do so.

Posted by The Digital Alchemist on April 27, 2011 at 11:18 AM (PDT)

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i found the “user agent” string that application binary use to tell to apple store the version of itunes we use, is inside(show content) Applications/iTunes/MacOS/iTunes, opening with simpletext, (35 MB) take some seconds, and then search:

ProcessCommandsThreaden-usPPC iTunes/%s (Macintosh; %sMac OS X %s)
*this string for PowerPC machines

ProcessCommandsThreadIntel iTunes/%s (Macintosh; %sMac OS X %s)
*this string for Intel machines

Command %s tell the application to call iTunes version, machine and OSX version:

iTunes/8.1 (Macintosh; PPC Mac OS X 10.4.11)
*output Itunes original user agent

The Apple store in Itunes in now only working with iTunes 10 user agent versions

A try to fix the PPC editing and saving the binary string in some modes:

iTunes/10.2.2 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X 10_5_8)
iTunes/10.2.2 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X 10.5.8)
*Not work, itunes dont respond

iTunes/10.2.2 (Macintosh; %sMac OS X %s)
*iTunes open, apple store cant connect because itunes binary dont take the 10.2.2 string, they need the %s string

Is there any way to found and fix the resource %s that “user agent” itunes use to connect to apple store ? like this:

from: iTunes/8.1 (Macintosh; PPC Mac OS X 10.4.11)

to:  iTunes/10.2.2 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X 10_5_8)

All the machines that have a G3, OSX 10.4 or iTunes 8,9 are out from Apple Store

Posted by Ubuntu 11.04 PowerPC on April 30, 2011 at 12:12 AM (PDT)

9

I used 8.2.1 to use ‘Now Playing’ at Starbucks.  I showed what music was being played in real time.  If I wanted, I could go directly to iTunes and buy individual song.  ‘Now Playing is not supported by later versions.

Posted by Bob on May 30, 2011 at 9:44 PM (PDT)

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