Ap­ple drops iTunes Store ac­cess for first Ap­ple TV

The first Ap­ple TV’s days are num­bered, writes Ro­man Loy­ola

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Tech com­pa­nies (es­pe­cially Ap­ple) want us to use the lat­est prod­ucts they have to of­fer. They want to make money from the sales, but they also de­velop and im­ple­ment new tech­nol­ogy that older de­vices can’t sup­port at all (or can’t sup­port it in a way that’s ac­cept­able to the user). Even­tu­ally, each prod­uct’s time runs out, as is now the case with the first-gen­er­a­tion Ap­ple TV.

Ap­ple has re­leased a sup­port doc­u­ment that states the first-gen­er­a­tion Ap­ple TV will not be able to ac­cess the iTunes Store start­ing on 25 May. This model Ap­ple TV (con­sid­ered ob­so­lete by Ap­ple) will not be up­dated to sup­port the new se­cu­rity fea­tures will be used with

the iTunes Store. To ac­cess the iTunes Store, you need a sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion or later Ap­ple TV.

iTunes Store, Win­dows XP, and Win­dows Vista

The doc­u­ment also says that users of Win­dows XP and Win­dows Vista will not be able to use the lat­est ver­sion of iTunes. Older ver­sions of iTunes will still work, but Ap­ple will not of­fer any sup­port, and you won’t be able to buy any­thing, nor will you be able to re­down­load pre­vi­ous pur­chases.

These changes will come into ef­fect on 25 May. In or­der to be able to make and re­down­load pur­chases, you need a PC run­ning Win­dows 7 or later, and the lat­est ver­sion of iTunes.

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