Apple removes iOS app management from iTunes on Windows 10

Brad Stephenson

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Apple’s iTunes program updated for Windows 10 users today to Version 12.7 and while it added some changes to Apple Music and Podcasts, it also completely removed the ability to download and organize apps for iPods, iPads, and iPhones. Users are now required to manage their apps on the iOS devices themselves.

While this change may frustrate the minority of users who managed their apps this way, it will likely come as a relief for the many who had become frustrated with iTunes’ tendency to download iOS apps in the background, thus taking up internet data usage and system memory. Here’s the official release notes:

The new iTunes focuses on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks. It adds support for syncing iOS 11 devices and includes new features for:

Apple Music. Now discover music with friends. Members can create profiles and follow each other to see music they are listening to and any playlists they’ve shared.

Podcasts. iTunes U collections are now part of the Apple Podcasts family. Search and explore free educational content produced by leading schools, universities, museums, and cultural institutions all in one place.

If you previously used iTunes to sync apps, books, or ringtones to your iOS device, use the new App Store, iBooks, or Sounds Settings on iOS to redownload them without your computer.

Do you like this change or did you enjoy managing your iOS devices’ apps on your computer? Let us know in the comments below.