PSA: Apple is Dropping iTunes Store Support for First-gen Apple TV

First generation Apple TV loses iTunes Store support

If you’re still rocking a first generation Apple TV, you won’t have iTunes Store support come May 25th, 2018. Apple says it’s ending iTunes Store support because of security changes and won’t be releasing an update for the obsolete Apple TV model.

In a support note posted on February 27th, Apple said,

Beginning May 25, security changes will prevent Apple TV (1st generation) from using the iTunes Store. This device is an obsolete Apple product and will not be updated to support these security changes. After the changes, you’ll only be able to access the iTunes Store on Apple TV (2nd generation) or later.

Windows XP and Windows Vista users are being left behind, too. Since Microsoft isn’t supporting either operating system version, they aren’t getting updates for the security changes.

First generation Apple TV loses iTunes Store support
Apple dropping iTunes Store support for first gen Apple TV in May

Old school Windows users can still use iTunes and play content, but won’t be able to make purchases or redownload previous purchases. After May 25th, Apple’s iTunes Store support includes Windows 7 and newer.

Considering the first generation Apple TV has been tagged as obsolete since 2015, it’s no surprise it won’t get an update. Dropping Windows XP and Vista support makes sense, too, since Microsoft isn’t supporting either operating system any more.

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John Kheit

That’s why having cloud based devices is so awesome… it bricks your stuff whether you want it bricked or not!


According to Wikipedia, Apple TV 1st Gen was released on January 9, 2007; 11 years ago. And it was on Pentium M.