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Apple to End iTunes Store Support for Windows Vista and XP

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Apple today announced that it will drop iTunes support for the first-generation Apple TV and the PCs running Windows XP or Vista from May this year.
“After May 25, you’ll need to use Windows 7 or later with the latest version of iTunes to make purchases from the iTunes Store and re-download previous purchases,” Apple said in a post on company’s support page.

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The company is introducing security changes that will prevent the Windows XP and Vista users from receiving the support from Apple or updating to the latest version.They, however, can keep running older versions of these operating systems on iTunes but won’t be able to re-download previous purchases or make new purchases.

The move will prevent the Windows XP and Vista users from receiving the support from Apple or updating to the latest version.

The changes will restrict the access to iTunes store solely to the users of the second generation of Apple TV or later.“If you have 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,” the post further stated.

The users of 15-year-old Windows XP and 12-year-old Vista will need to upgrade to Windows 7 or later to maintain full access to the iTunes store.

windows-vistaApple had introduced first-generation of Apple TV back in January 2007 and now sees it as an obsolete product.The company had first considered to make the original Apple TV obsolete back in 2015 when it abolished repair support for TV set-top box.While support for the second-generation Apple TV remains available for the time being, it is the next device in the queue to be made obsolete.