After all of the leaks leaving Apple with little to surprise us with at yesterday's iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV launch event, the company did manage to fit one surprise in to the day, and that was the release of a significantly revamped iTunes application.
According to Apple's release notes, the new iTunes:
... focuses on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks. Apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are now exclusively available in the new App Store for iOS. And the new App Store makes it easy to get, update, and redownload apps—all without a Mac or PC.
The result is that the App Store and ringtones section have been entirely removed, whilst Internet Radio is now part of Music, and iTunes U has been moved into Podcasts.
The following changes are included in the new iTunes:
- 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 or ringtones on your iOS device, use the new App Store or Sounds Settings on iOS to redownload them without your Mac.
For those wondering how they will now transfer custom ringtones to their iPhone, Apple has updated the information on its support page for using ringtones:
If you have a ringtone or tone in iTunes on your Mac or PC that you want to move to your iOS device, you can manually add it to your device using iTunes.
- Connect your device to your computer.
- Open iTunes. Make sure that you have the latest version.
- On your computer, find the ringtone or tone that you want to add to your device. If the ringtone or tone previously appeared in your iTunes library, you can find it in the Tones folder of your iTunes media folder.
- Drag the item from your computer to your iOS device in the left sidebar of iTunes.
At the time of posting, we have not yet had an opportunity to fully explore this release for anyVoiceOver-specific improvements, changes or regressions. We will update this post if we learn of any. In the meantime, please let us know in the comments of any changes that you find in your own testing.