iTunes 12.6.3 Now Available with Apps and Ringtones Syncing Restored

Napoleon PhoneApart

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Apple has released iTunes 12.6.3, apparently in response to users who didn't like not being able to sync their apps and ringtones directly from iTunes 12.7.

Of course, iTunes 12.6.3 cannot read 12.7's iTunes Library.itl file, so use a recent backup from your previous iTunes 12.6.x library. I followed this video tutorial and it worked great for me.

Further information on installing iTunes 12.6.3 is here.
 

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I wonder what the reasoning was for removing that functionality in the first place? I will miss using iTunes to shop for an app as it is definitely a lot easier looking for and researching an app on my computer than on the small screen of my phone. I'm guessing that if I go through all the trouble now of going back to 12.6.3, will apple will probably find some other way to cajole or coerce the average user off of it in the near future anyway so why bother. It seems like Apple has a penchant for trying to fix things that aren't broke and then won't be bothered with explaining to us common folk the reasons why they made the change. Hey Apple, read the next line in this post will ya'!!
 

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I couldn't agree more. Apple could have at least given us a separate method of accessing the App Store via computer rather than having to do it only from the small screen on the phone. That would have been much more equitable than eliminating computer access entirely.
 

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Why does it make sense to have two versions of the app? Just makes things more confusing.

Why don't they just roll back 12.7 and be done with it?

They made a mistake. Is it that difficult to admit the mistake?
 

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Why does it make sense to have two versions of the app? Just makes things more confusing.

Why don't they just roll back 12.7 and be done with it?

They made a mistake. Is it that difficult to admit the mistake?
Apple put out this version because companies that need to deploy apps to large numbers of devices needed the "old" way of doing it. Installing a large number of apps through the App Store on each device wouldn't cut it.
 

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Apple put out this version because companies that need to deploy apps to large numbers of devices needed the "old" way of doing it. Installing a large number of apps through the App Store on each device wouldn't cut it.
I know but now we have 2 versions of iTunes and there is a ton of confusion.

Can't Apple get this right? Can't stuff "just work" anymore? :(