Apple's latest iTunes update reduces clutter by removing iOS App Store

Apple streamlines iTunes in its latest update.

Apple has cut some the clutter from its iTunes stware by removing the ability to buy and transfer iOS apps from the program. It means the App Store (pictured below) and app library sections are completely gone.

Apple's latest iTunes update reduces clutter by removing iOS App Store

Now, when you click on the tab in the top left to switch between libraries, the “Apps” option is no longer there.

Apple's latest iTunes update reduces clutter by removing iOS App Store

The removal the App Store comes with the update to version 12.7 the stware, which Apple launched in the wake yesterday’s big iPhone X announcement. If you want to buy an app for your iPhone or iPad, you’ll have to do it the App Store on the device itself.

If you need to transfer apps from your computer to your phone, you’ll have to redownload them the iOS App Store. If you have an iOS app, ringtone, or book that’s no longer available, you can move that to your iOS device while plugged in to a computer with a USB cable, as long as it’s still on your computer.

iTunes’s increasingly cluttered interface is partially a symptom becoming the  single app for storing your music library and syncing apps to your phone. Since Apple Music launched, it’s become even more complex, with different sections lost under a sea tabs. The new update doesn’t solve all the design problems with iTunes, which is still used for videos, audiobooks and podcasts, but it puts some the focus back on its original purpose: listening to music.

To download the new version, go to the “Updates” tab in the Mac App Store.

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