iTunes will drop support for the “obsolete” first-generation Apple TV in May, Apple has confirmed.
Windows XP and Windows Vista are also being pushed out. Apple says that “security changes” will make these older products incompatible with the iTunes Store.
Introduced in January 2011, the original Apple TV is now more than 11 years old. Very few will still be in use today — and those that are won’t be of much use come May. Apple already considers the device “an obsolete Apple product,” and now it is dropping iTunes support.
After the change, you’ll need a second-generation Apple TV or later to access the iTunes Store. Those who are still running Windows XP or Windows Vista on their PC will also need an upgrade.
“Starting May 25, Apple will introduce security changes that prevent older Windows PCs from using the iTunes Store,” Apple explains. “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.”
You will still be able to use older versions of iTunes in XP and Vista, Apple adds. However, you won’t be able to make new purchases from the iTunes Store, or redownload content you have already bought. Those running Windows 7 or later won’t be affected.