In addition to releasing the new iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, tvOS 11.1 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 software updates earlier this morning, Apple also issued a minor iTunes update.

It focuses on under-the-hood changes and does not contain any outward-facing changes. As per Apple, iTunes 12.7.1 includes “minor app and performance improvements.”

As we explained, the app is now about music, movies, TV shows, podcasts and audiobooks.

The ability to browse App Store in iTunes for Mac and Windows, as well as sync apps with iOS devices and buy ringtones, is no longer part of the media software. For more information on all the changes in the new iTunes, see Apple’s support document.

TUTORIAL: How to re-download your previously purchased ringtones on iPhone

If you want to browse and download iOS apps from App Store, download iTunes 12.6.3 instead.

iTunes 12.6.3 comes with the built-in App Store and ringtones sections so you can download and sync your iOS apps and ringtones using your computer. Plus, the app won’t prompt you to download new iTunes versions as they become available.

For those wondering, iTunes 12.6.3 is optimized for iOS 11 and supports syncing with the latest iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X devices. Apple said it provided this version because “certain business partners might still need to use iTunes to install apps.”

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    “Certain business partners…”? I’m still backing up my iOS apps into iTunes because sometimes I might want to revert back to an older version or that the app is no longer available. I’m not a business partner.

  • Kard

    After installing this update, Itunes can’t see my Iphone when i’m connecting it to the computer.

    • Kard

      Works Again after installing driver. Weird… Work before the update.

  • solai

    They removed the iOS App Store 🙁

  • Lauren Glenn

    It’s probably to have it work with the iPhone X that came out. I think they always put out minor updates when there’s new hardware. HOPEFULLY, although doubtful, they fixed the Last.FM problem where you couldn’t use the desktop scrobbler with iPod Classic anymore.

  • Trevor Mobbs

    Hallelujah. Seriously, this gives me the opportunity to upgrade to iOS 11 while keeping the iTunes functionality that should never have been removed.

    Forget “business partners”. This is what anyone needs who ever wants to go back to an older version of an app after a new one turns out to be either buggy or just poorly redesigned (surely that’s everyone), and everyone who doesn’t have download data to burn or regular access to wifi. It’s nice to have at least ONE sign that Apple has realised what an absurd move it was to unilaterally remove the app store. One can only hope that in the future they might give users the option as to how they want to handle apps, instead of assuming one size will fit all.