Remember the glory days of record stores? Back then, when your favorite musician released a new album you would rush out to the local record store to pick it up on vinyl.
Eventually, vinyl was overtaken by compact discs (CDs) and retailers had to restock their shelves with this new, popular tech. CDs had a nice run, but they too had to give way to new technology. More specifically music streaming services and media libraries like iTunes.
Unfortunately, some Apple users will soon lose access to iTunes.
Is Apple killing off iTunes on your gadget?
Apple recently announced that it will be introducing some security changes on May 25, 2018. The changes will prevent those using certain gadgets from using iTunes. Here are the impacted gadgets:
Older Windows PCs
Apple's upcoming security changes will prevent older Windows PCs from using the iTunes Store. If you have a Windows XP or Vista PC, your computer is no longer supported by Microsoft, and you're not able to use the latest version of iTunes.
You will be able to continue using previous versions of iTunes on your Windows PC without support from Apple. However, you will not be able to make new purchases from the iTunes Store or redownload previous purchases on that computer.
After May 25, you will need to use Windows 7 or a newer version of the operating system (OS) to make purchases through iTunes and redownload purchases that you made in the past.
Apple TV (1st generation)
Also beginning on May 25, security changes will prevent Apple TV (1st generation) from using the iTunes Store. This gadget is an obsolete Apple product and will not be updated to support these security changes.
After the changes, you will only be able to access the iTunes Store on Apple TV (2nd generation) or later.
Granted, these impacted devices are older versions, but I'm positive there are people still out there using them. You still have a few months to prepare for the change and upgrade your older gadgets.
Protecting the items you've purchased through iTunes is critical in times like these. It's a good idea to back them up in the cloud.
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