First-Gen Apple TV Loses Access to iTunes in May | News & Opinion


Apple classes the first Apple TV devices as obsolete and will drop support on May 25.

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Apple introduced the Apple TV digital media player way back in January 2007 and has continued to update it to the point where we are now on the 5th generation with 4K support. During that time, iTunes also continued to be updated and we’ve finally reached a point where those first-generation Apple TV devices can no longer be supported.

On May 25, Apple introduces security changes that will prevent first-generation Apple TV devices from accessing the iTunes Store. The new security measures mean that any PC running Windows XP or Vista will also lose access to iTunes.

For those of you still running Windows XP or Vista, Apple points out in the announcement that existing versions of iTunes will continue to work, but you can’t make new purchases using the iTunes Store or re-download previous purchases. If you want to maintain full access, then at least Windows 7 is required.

Apple now views the first-generation of Apple TV as an obsolete product. That’s fair after 11 years. If you still enjoy using Apple TV then it’s time to upgrade. Support remains in place for second-generation Apple TV, but that will be the next device to be made obsolete. You’ll be much better off in the long term choosing to upgrade to a 4th generation Apple TV or the 5th generation with 4K support. Alternatively, you can use the Apple TV App, which is available on iPhone and iPad.

This may be the perfect excuse you’ve been waiting for to upgrade to a 4K TV and 4K Apple TV. It may even be the case you’ll get the 4K Apple TV for free depending on what deals are around.

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