If you prefer to keep a backup of iPhone and iPad apps on your computer for safekeeping and miss the ability to browse iOS App Store and ringtones on iTunes Store using your Mac or Windows PC, Apple has now quietly released iTunes 12.6.3.

iTunes 12.6.3 basically brings back a built-in App Store storefront and the ability to download ringtones from iTunes Store, the two features that were removed from last month’s iTunes 12.7.

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According to Apple’s support document, they’ve decided to provide this version of iTunes because “certain business partners might still need to use iTunes to install apps.”

If you’ve already installed iTunes 12.7 or later, simply download iTunes 12.6.3 on your Mac or PC (32-bit or 64-bit) and run the installer.

After installation is complete, you can continue to download iOS apps with iTunes.

The company noted that this iTunes 12.6.3 won’t prompt you to download new versions. iTunes 12.6.3 also features support for iOS 11 and syncing with the latest iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X devices.

  • malhal

    Out of touch with Mac professionals, out of touch with server admins, now out of touch with enterprise customers, not looking great…

  • Alex Wilson

    Whoops! Should have thought though things a bit more. I’d have no issues separating the Music/Media from and the App stuff, but they failed by not releasing an app to do this. I wonder if that will be coming soon. At least they admited their “courage” failed.

  • SpideyRules

    “If you’ve already installed iTunes 12.7 or later, simply download iTunes 12.6.3 on your Mac or PC (32-bit or 64-bit) and run the installer.”

    Missing the step of having to uninstall the newer version of iTunes first…

    • Can iTunes 12.6.3 run alongside iTunes 12.7??

      • SpideyRules

        I don’t believe it can. It’s never been the case in my experience.

    • jaythegadgetguy

      not to mention on mac u cannot uninstall itunes its required so u get an error like that pic above. you have to delete the itunes library.itl file, and that deleted all my synched music so basically i’m waiting 40 minutes to re upload 50 gigs of music back into my itunes and lost all my playlist

    • Andres Torres

      I didn’t encounter any issues while installing version 12.6.3 over 12.7.

  • Vidhu Singhal
    • SpideyRules

      Yeah I think this article completely forgets the issues with downgrading iTunes and it’s dangerously informing people that it’s a simple process. I don’t think they even tested it…

    • Pedro Govea

      Search that file and delete it. Even if you unistall first the newest version of iTunes, this file will rest in your computer.

      • jaythegadgetguy

        thank you that worked

      • Vidhu Singhal

        That worked. Thanks!

    • Simply rebuild your iTunes Library.

      Hold down the Option key when clicking iTunes in the Dock and choose Create Library in the dialog that appears. Given it a new name and click OK. With the new library active, migrate your music via the Add to Library under the Files menu.

  • Can iTunes 12.6.3 run alongside iTunes 12.7?

  • igobythisname

    Yes! Thank you!!!

  • Ronny Llerena

    How do I get all my apple music back, it was all deleted.

    • Andres Torres

      Hold down the Option key when the app launches and in the dialog window that appears choose “Create Library”. Then give the new library a name that’s different to your existing library, and then migrate over your albums using the “Add to Library” option under the Files menu. Hope it helps. That’s what I did.

  • SpideyRules

    I’m super surprised no one has corrected this article yet….

  • Sandeep Roy

    This article forgets to mention how and the .itl and .xml files and the entire process, OSXDaily does a better job.