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iTunes 12.4 update adds much-needed design tweaks

by Brandon Russell | May 16, 2016May 16, 2016 2:15 pm PST

In addition to rolling out an update for iOS, Apple on Monday introduced an update to iTunes that focuses on making the maligned media player easier to use.

Here’s what the release notes say about today’s update:

Now enjoy all of your music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and more in a simpler design.

Now you can use Back and Forward buttons as you navigate between your Library, Apple Music, iTunes Store, and more.

Easily Switch between Music, Movies, TV shows, and more—and Edit to choose just the items you want.

Use sidebar to view your Library in new ways. Drag and drop songs to add them to Playlists. And Edit Sidebar to show only your favorite views.

Menus in iTunes are now simpler and easier to use. Use the View menu to customize your Library or try context menus to act on specific items.

For a company so focused on services, many people consider iTunes to be one of the worst pieces of software in Apple’s stable. While today’s update doesn’t introduce sweeping changes—not on the level we’re expecting to see in Apple Music this summer—it’s a start.

You can update to iTunes 12.4 through the Mac App Store now.


Brandon Russell

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