Apple has quietly made available for download iTunes 12.6.3, which reintroduces the ability to get App Store apps and ringtones from within iTunes desktop software.
Why? Apple has released iTunes 12.7 in September and said the new version was designed to focus solely om music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks and everything was the reason behind the removal of the built-in App Store. Following the change, apps and ringtones could only be downloaded on an iOS device.
With the arrival of that release, user were unable to download or manage apps as part of the updated release. Still, there was no exact way to install new ringtones onto iPhones which left on-device App Store and ringtone management as the only option for iPhone and iPad owners.
Nevertheless, what we see today is Apple made a separate stream for iTunes and is not available via normal installation methods. Instead, those who want to install iTunes 12.6.3 on Macs or PCs can download the installer from Apple’s support pages before running that installer like any other app.
Reason behind this version of iTunes availability is because “certain business partners might still need to use iTunes to install apps.” But the download is basically available to anyone looking to reinstate the functionality that was removed in iTunes 12.7. As a result it will not prompt users to update when a new version of iTunes is available.
If you’ve already installed a newer version of iTunes, you can download this version of iTunes on your Mac, PC 32-bit or PC 64-bit and run the installer. After installation is complete, you can continue to deploy apps with iTunes. You won’t be prompted to download new versions of iTunes after you install this version.
Installation packages for Mac and PC (32-bit / 64-bit) are now available for download on the support page. After installing, most users will need to rebuild their iTunes Library. To do so, hold down the Option key when the app launches and in the dialog window that appears choose “Create Library…”. Give that 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.
This new “business edition” is available to download immediately. Although it’s unclear how long it will be supported. The special edition of iTunes includes compatibility with iOS 11, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. For those who want the functionality it could be very useful makeweight until Apple comes up with an alternative solution.
To get up and running with iTunes 12.6.3, head over to Apple’s support page here and grab the Windows or Mac version for your system.
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