Apple removes App Store from PC and Mac's iTunes software

Apps no longer sync to your computer

Apple removes App Store from PC and Mac's iTunes software

The iTunes store on PC and Mac no longer contains the App Store and devices will no longer sync apps to their computers when connected.

A new update to the iTunes software entirely removes access to the App Store from within the program, along with books. Users can still gain access to music, TV shows, films, podcasts, and audiobooks.

The program explains this in a small pop-up when iTunes is first loaded after installing the update. It also notes that apps, books, and ringtones will no longer by synced to the computer.

Keep it on your phone

Instead, Apple recommends users use the App Store, iBooks, or Sound Settings apps and features on their iOS devices to re-download anything previously stored on their computers.

A pop-up box announces the removal of the App Store following the update

The move streamlines the iTunes program while also finally separating the iTunes and App Store brands on computers. It seems unlikely that a separate App Store program will be spun-out for computers, of course.

New changes are coming to the App Store as well, including a new focus on curation and editorial. There is also rumours that the top grossing charts will be completely dropped in the new store.


Ric is the Editor of, having started out as a Staff Writer on the site back in 2015. He received an honourable mention in both the MCV and Develop 30 Under 30 lists in 2016 and refuses to let anyone forget about it.


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