Apple has confirmed that it is dropping support for its iTunes software on some versions of Windows.
The Cupertino firm has stated that from May 25th this year the iTunes store will no longer be available on older Microsoft operating systems.
This means that users of Windows Vista and Windows Xp will not able to purchase songs and other content via iTunes.
Apple also said that it will end support for its first generation Apple TV.
In support documents released by Apple, the firm said: “Starting May 25, Apple will introduce security changes that prevent older Windows PCs from using the iTunes Store.
“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 can continue to use previous versions of iTunes on your Windows PC without support from Apple.
“However, you won’t be able to make new purchases from the iTunes Store or redownload previous purchases on that computer.”
The move is likely to come as a surprise. In fact, it is more surprising that it has taken Apple so long to drop support for Vista and XP.
Even Microsoft has stopped supporting these versions of Windows, with the Redmond firm no longer issuing security updates or bug fixes.
If you are still running Windows XP or Windows Vista the advice is to make sure you upgrade to Windows 10.