Apple recently released iTunes 12.7 and boy have the unexpected changes shocked some people. Like, no longer can you browse iOS App Store on your computer! Here’s our quick rundown of all the major changes in iTunes 12.7 that you should be aware about.

Apple says the new iTunes focuses on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts and audiobooks.

As a result, apps for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are now exclusively available through App Store on those devices. Those of you who have been using desktop iTunes to back up the apps installed on your devices are now left out in the cold.

App Store links you click on websites like ours now redirect back to the browser and load an iTunes preview page showing information about an app. The problem is, iTunes Preview pages on the web currently don’t offer a way to purchase apps. Previously, app links launched desktop iTunes showing standard app description along with the Get/Buy buttons.

Not only is App Store no more in iTunes 12.7, but the ability to browse, download and sync ringtones has been removed from the software as well. On a more positive note, iOS 11 has introduced the ability to redownload your previously purchased ringtones directly to your iPhone or iPad so be sure to check that out.

  • Ducky

    If you enable “Manually manage music and videos” then you can still drag and drop apps and ringtones onto your device in iTunes and it’ll install them. Perfect if you’re installing older versions of apps or tones that aren’t on the iTunes Store

    • igobythisname

      i hope this is true! I make my own ringtones!!! This is such a crappy move by Apple, ughhh!!!

  • StarShootex

    This is a huge step backwards. I used to play Bioshock for iOS, and back then was the first time I’ve ever purchased an iPad. Unfortunately for me, the developers have decided to pull the app from the App Store, so I couldn’t download it anymore.

    But because I’ve downloaded the app to my Mac for safekeeping, I was able to transfer it onto my iPad and play it anyway; and I should have the right to do so. It doesn’t matter what the developers decide to do with the app – If a user’s spent money on a purchase, they should be able to at least have the option to manage said purchase.

    It’s just ironic as Apple is always emphasising the fact that user experience is key, then they pull off a move like this.

    • ready1take1

      “This is a huge step backwards.”

      Doesn’t it seem like this is what everyone says with each new iTunes release?

      • teris

        I agree and also i want to mention , what about my ringtones that i made ? How can i transfer them now on my device since there is no ringtones section on the new itunes. Also many of my apps are grey on the app store and cant be downloaded. I turn to ios 10. This is one big step ahead and two back. Ridiculous

    • You still can do that, all of the iOS apps you have saved in iTunes’ Media folder are still there. You should also be able to redownload an app that you previously downloaded even if the developer has pulled it from the store

      • StarShootex

        Yes, but what about future apps? Say I downloaded an app today and I’ll use it every day and becomes part of my daily routine. Then for some reason the app developer pulls the app from the App Store.
        When I buy a new iPhone, how will I get the app onto my new phone?
        If I restore my current iPhone, I’ll also lose the app because iTunes doesn’t backup apps – it stores only documents and data from the app but the app itself is still downloaded from the App Store.
        Previously, I would’ve just transfered the app from my Mac, but as it literally says,

        “Apps—You can no longer browse App Store in iTunes and download iOS apps to your computer for safekeeping.”

        I don’t think that’s even possible anymore.

      • Richard

        Just like Christian said, you can always re-download previous apps from the purchase section under the updates tab. This applies to apps that have been pulled from the App Store as well

      • Nope. Some apps get completely removed, even from Purchased. No copies are saved on Apple’s servers.

      • Rowan09

        If it’s 32bit you’re out of luck because it won’t work anymore, otherwise you’ll be able to download from your purchased section.

      • You can still use iFunBox to install .ipa files (iOS app files). As long as you have the app backed up on your computer, you are good to go.

      • StarShootex

        Provided that you actually have the ipa file, then yes; you can probably use iFunBox, iExplorer or even iMazing to figure something out. But that’s not what I’m trying to say – You CANNOT have the apps backed up on your computer from this point forward because Apple has literally removed that functionality from iTunes.

      • True, if you have the latest iTunes. But as of right now, you can still downgrade iTunes to 12.6, move your 12.7 iTunesLibrary.itl somewhere else, open 12.6, get any apps you want to save for later, and then reinstall 12.7, move back your library file, and keep using iTunes normally. The ipa files will be on your computer. Back them up somewhere safe.

        This should work for a while (until Apple purposely breaks this on older iTunes, like they did with 12.4). So just repeat the steps whenever you want to download an app. It’s tedious, but it works.

      • stormy_skye

        Wrong about downloading pulled apps.

        Thankfully I have my apps backed up in the pc because there are a couple that I can no longer download. Paid for them and if no backups existed, I’d be sol.

  • Stephen Hedger

    Can’t we just uninstall and use the old version of iTunes instead?

    • LaraCroft835

      you can roll back to 12.6 problem solved.

  • LaraCroft835

    before you all go off your heads for a long time now peeps have been wanting iTunes to be thinned out so Apple did it. All apps can be downloaded from the device. Just roll back to 12.6.

    • Sam Heil

      “peeps have been wanting iTunes to be thinned out”

      Evidence please?? I’ve never heard anyone say that before.

    • stormy_skye

      And for how long will 12.6 be functional? Then what?

      apple is screwing themselves.

      • 4juices

        imazing dot com

      • big Rafa

        if i don’t remember well, there’s still a working version for windows XP, itunes 7.5 i guess, tested that version 2 month ago and it was working. that itunes comes from ios 2 era

    • 4juices

      rolling back to 12.6 did not bring my books back.

  • Mecatrônicos Salê

    Shit! A huge step backwards….. Now, nobody needs iTunes :s

  • Bacillus

    Unannounced removal of functionality is what imbeciles would do

  • couchman

    Ok, got that. Might downgrade back to 12.6

    But here is my question:
    How do I then create my own ringtone and load it into my iPhone.

    • thebudman

      This is also my question. I have custom ringtones I created. Will these still exist and what if I want to make new ones?

      • Sebastián Junca 

        just drag them to the device tones tab inside iTunes and that’s pretty much it

    • Sebastián Junca 

      You can drag them from the desktop or any other location directly to the device tones tab inside iTunes. Problem solved

      • Jason Leshuk

        The problem comes when you need to delete a ringtone. Haven’t found a way to do that yet

  • David Gow

    And if I’ve updated iTunes but not iPhone will it work. I’m holding off updating both my phones and iTunes just in case jb

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    Fortunately I still have iTunes 12.6. As with every Apple update, I ALWAYS cautiously update, especially iTunes related updates.

  • Sebastián Junca 

    You can transfer the ringtones directly from the tones folder on iTunes library folder to the tones tab on the device section inside iTunes. They should use iCloud music library to upload all your tones (not only those purchased on iTunes) and sync to all the devices without needing a computer.

  • :D

    I download apps from my Mac all the time and they automatically get downloaded to my iPhone, which is super convenient. I’m going to hold off updating for as long as I can.

  • Okada San

    Curious if the “remote” button has been removed from iTunes in the 12.7 update. I attempted pairing my iPad with iTunes on my Mac with the remote app just today, but after getting the 4 digit pairing code, I discovered the remote button was no longer in iTunes. Anyone else have this issue?

    • Jose Juan Cruz

      I have the same problem, do you know something about this issue?

  • Bha

    I think this is a good time to look at alternative software for iTunes?
    I have several devices and upgrading apps on each one surely is a data killer
    rather update on pc and sync across
    any recommendations?

    • Rich ‘Forge’ Mingin

      Because of the way iTunes is set up, there aren’t any, and won’t be any, at least not for the “important” things like loading/backing up/restoring apps or backups. Some apps can perform minimal changes to the songs/ringtones/movies on the device, but most of those are using iTunes behind the scenes, so they are breaking soon as well.

      Apple: Our way or the highway.

  • f96lrs

    They want you to buy a device with more storage.MONEY MONEY MONEY

  • Michael

    Greetings from Athens, Greece. Can anyone help me out by answering how it is possible for me to purchase now an iPad only app I want, which is for example on discount, or free and I have only my MacPro (iTunes 12.7) and my iPhone SE?
    I was planning to buy an iPad Pro this Christmas by saving money for about 10 months and all this time I was creating its future content. Is there a way I can I continue?

  • Paclypse71

    This garbage update won’t sync locked iOS devices yet keeps trying even though I’ve already acknowledged several times.

  • John Donabie

    I use iTunes professionally for my radio show. Here is my problem; which most of you won’t encounter. When I’m doing my show live, I sometimes get a thought that I would like to add another song from my library, immediately following the one that is currently playing. Again; which is currently playing.

    In 12.7 it won’t allow that. It just skips it and goes on to the next track. After talking with a great Apple Care person he told me to try and add the song TWO SONGS AWAY FROM THE ONE CURRENTLY PLAYING. It worked. But that’s not want i want. He didn’t know why Apple dropped being able to drop in a song right after the song currently playing; but I think I am going to have to going back to 12.6.2 for professional reasons. Other than that I have no real problem with it……until I read this forum and maybe I will.

  • ロニーハーシュ(mrロニー)

    haven’t updated yet – i have become wary of updates over the decades – they often are not really improvements and more often eliminate intuitive functionalities one has grown accustomed to using … a constant learning curve and new set of dongles is not thinking differently. as a performing musician i make playlists of backing tracks for my sets quickly and easily on my computer – in 12.7 can these playlists be transferred to an i-device or do i have to drag a laptop to gigs? thanks …

  • David Cloke

    I agree with most of the comments below. Removal of Apps is a BIG backward step. I don’t want to repeat what has already been said, but do Apple know what they are doing anymore? Doesn’t look like it.

  • 4juices

    Beg Google to build something better