Apple quietly released special iTunes version with App Store

iTunes LogoWe use iTunes to manage our iPhones and iPads. Many users are saying, that iTunes is bloatware and it should go to diet. Personally, I don’t like the idea to update operating system on my tablet via music player, it’s like to press Start and then Turn off to shut down your PC with Windows. Apple should make stand-alone app for playing multimedia (a.k.a. iTunes) and another app to manage our iOS devices with tasks like backup, restore, and, finally, to install apps. That would be fine.

In the latest version of iTunes – 12.7 – Apple added support for iOS 11 and the latest iPhones, but removed App Store. Now the only way to install apps on your iOS device is to download them from App Store directly on iOS. This may be little confusing, but Apple said, that iTunes will focus solely on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts and audiobooks.

Fortunately, Apple released special version of iTunes, iTunes 12.6.3, which contains App Store. Apple said, that “certain business partners might still need to use iTunes to install apps”, so this is reason of releasing this special version. Everybody can download this iTunes from these links:

Installation is classic, no need to remove iTunes 12.7 if already installed. But after there is a very high chance that you will need to rebuild your iTunes Library. Just follow these steps:

  • Hold down the Option key when the app launches
  • Choose “Create Library…”
  • Name it with other name as your original iTunes library
  • Migrate over your albums using the “Add to Library…” option under the File menu

You should no worry if you got newest iPhone model or upgraded to iOS 11 an existing device, iTunes 12.6.3 will support it. But download it fast, nobody knows how long will Apple offer this iTunes version!

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