The first-generation Apple TV was released more than 11 years ago and starting this May, Apple’s iTunes Store will no longer work on the device, along with other older computers.
In a recent Apple support post, the tech company announced that the online store to purchase music, videos, TV shows, movies, and apps won’t be accessible on first-generation Apple TVs and Windows XP and Vista PCs starting May 25.
Apple says new “security changes” will prevent the older PCS and the old Apple TV from using the store. Apple goes as far to call the first-gen TV “an obsolete Apple product.” But without updates iTunes isn’t going to work — you’ll need to upgrade to a second-generation or newer TV.
This is quite the departure from the original advertising around the once shiny and new TV product — which was inextricably tied in with iTunes.
For the computers, you can continue using old versions of iTunes but don’t expect any support from Apple. Also the iTunes store will be fairly useless since you won’t be able to purchase anything new or re-download purchases.
Mark your calendars for the end of iTunes if you’re holding onto any of these old devices.
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