iTunes has typically been Apple’s go-to store for pretty much everything. If you wanted movies, music, podcasts, apps, sync your iOS device, and so on, iTunes was the answer. The one-stop-shop model was convenient, we’ll admit, but if there was one criticism is that iTunes always felt like a very bloated piece of software.

However the good news for iTunes users is that it looks like Apple has made a rather huge decision in the latest update to the software, which is that they have removed access to the iTunes App Store. In the latest update to iTunes, it seems that users will no longer be able to access the App Store. Instead users who want to purchase and download apps will have to do so via the standalone App Store or do it on their iOS or Mac devices.

Instead it looks like the latest update to iTunes will make the app more focused towards music and social sharing features, like with Apple Music where according to Apple, “Members can create profiles and follow each other to see music they are listening to and any playlists they’ve shared.” This will probably take some getting used to, but if you’ve always felt that iTunes was a bit too bloated for its own good, then hopefully these changes will help.

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