Apple releases iTunes update for Mac and PC

Gwen Vasquez
September 13, 2017

Apple has announced, silently or otherwise, the updates that will be coming to its software and platforms.

Apple is finally taking action to trim that mammoth piece of software that iTunes has become over the years, pivoting it back to its original mission: an app for music.

Ringtones: iOS 11 supports redownloading ringtones directly to your iOS device, without the need to use iTunes on your Mac or PC. It is debatable whether it is a right step by the company to remove the App Store from the iTunes app as more options are usually preferred by us as users.

Changes to the app include the moving of iTunes U content to the Podcasts section, and Internet Radio to your music library sidebar.

On the Mac, users will have to open the App Store from the Applications folder or from the App Dock. Riffing off the popular Venmo app, where millions of students split pizza bills and rent notices via the peer-to-peer app, Apple is bringing the same technology to its text message network, Messages.

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If iTunes 12.7 isn't listed on this page, users should try to refresh the page by pressing command+R on the keyboard, according to Macworld.

Downloading and installing iTunes 12.7 should only take a few minutes, but this will depend on the user's internet speed.

Podcasts. iTunes U collections are now part of the Apple Podcasts family. What it adds in this update is the ability to sync with devices running iOS 11 and social music sharing for Apple Music subscribers.

The new iOS will also support more advanced apps created using Apple's recently unveiled augmented reality framework, ARKit. Apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are now exclusively available in the new App Store for iOS.

The streamlining of their Apple Maps service comes into competition with the Google Maps app, but this feature may see people making the switch.

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