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    iTunes 12.4 to reportedly include new sidebar, minor UI tweaks




    Apple will implement a number of user interface changes to iTunes when version 12.4 sees release later this year, including modifications to user interface navigation designed to address complaints of software feature bloat.

    According to MacRumors, which received screenshots of the purported iTunes revamp, the improved media management and playback app will bring only minor user interface tweaks.

    Most prominent among design modifications appears to be a persistent sidebar for easy access to albums, artists, tracks, genres and playlists. Similar in function to existing iTunes content navigation sidebars, like the Playlists sidebar, the upcoming version supports user customization and drag-and-drop menu editing.

    Moving up the content hierarchy, a new dropdown media picker will help facilitate quick switching between music, movies, TV shows and other content stored both locally and in the cloud. Like the current iteration, which features small icons for each content type, the new media menu can be customized to display commonly used categories while hiding others from view.

    Menus are also being simplified in iTunes version 12.4, according to the report. Along with a redesigned "View" menu that seemingly mirrors options offered in the "media picker," Apple is adding new navigation options, and removing extraneous selections, to make the menu bar system easier to use.

    Finally, the iTunes mini player is said to gain minor graphical adjustments like a relocated "Up Next" pane that sits to the right of the playback window.

    Judging by the leaked images, iTunes 12.4 will carry superficial UI adjustments meant to assuage user complaints, not the system level changes some users have been waiting for. Originally designed to handle music and iPod syncing, iTunes has become a one stop shop for iOS device syncing, movies, TV shows, apps, podcasts, iBooks and, most recently, Apple Music streaming services.

    In February, Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue and SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi teased plans for an iTunes revamp, saying concerns of feature bloat would be addressed in part by a new streamlined design. A definitive launch timeline was not revealed at the time, but MacRumors sources claim iTunes version 12.4 is expected to launch within a few weeks.





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    Apple releases iTunes 12.4 with redesigned interface




    The iTunes update reintroduces a sidebar for quicker navigation, and uses an enhanced Media Picker, making it easier to switch between different media types such as music and movies. Both components can be customized to show only specific items.

    Apple has also spent time trying to simplify menus, and make it easier to flip through content by returning Back and Forward buttons to the interface, both for local libraries and Apple's online stores and services.

    The update should also in theory solve a problem causing music to be deleted from a person's library without permission. Apple acknowledged the problem on Friday, promising an iTunes update early this week. While initial suspicion fell on Apple Music, some have blamed a database problem in the previous version of iTunes.





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    Apple's iTunes 12.4 update provides unexpected speed boost, fixes deletion bug




    The iTunes 12.4 update appears to have improved the speed of Apple's jukebox software, even though the company isn't actively promoting that fact, according to user comments on Reddit and Twitter, and first-hand experience by AppleInsider.

    On OS X at least, the app is performing better not just in terms of general navigation but in several other respects, such as load times. One Reddit user commented that whereas it previously took about three minutes for iTunes to check the library on their 2012 MacBook Pro, the 12.4 update reduced that time to 20 seconds.

    The main beneficiaries of Apple's speed boosts appear to be Mac owners, as a number of Windows users have suggested the software is largely the same on their platform. One AppleInsider editor did encounter slightly snappier Windows performance.

    iTunes has often been attacked as a sluggish and cumbersome app, particularly on Windows. The issue has become more serious over the years, since Apple has attached a growing number of non-music functions like video, app downloads, e-books, and most recently Apple Music. iPhone, iPad, and iPod owners are often dependent on the software for sync and backup.

    Officially the main purpose of the 12.4 update was a redesigned interface, for instance restoring the sidebar as a key component, and adding Forward and Back buttons to make it easier to backtrack.

    On Tuesday, however, TechCrunch confirmed that the code also addresses a problem with iTunes silently deleting some users' music files. Last Friday Apple acknowledged the glitch, promising "additional safeguards" in this week's iTunes update.





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    Apple releases iTunes 12.5.3 with minor changes




    Continuing a day of software releases, Apple on Monday pushed out a new version of iTunes bearing what appears to be minor bug fixes and performance enhancements related to last week's 12.5.2 release.

    Release notes supplied alongside today's iTunes version 12.5.3 release contain a list of changes identical to those introduced last week. In particular, both updates address issues that in some cases caused albums to play back in the incorrect order, as well as a problem that prevented lyrics from displaying while listening to Beats 1 radio.

    The lack of new change log notes suggests the latest version of iTunes includes minor bug fixes or extends compatibility to a wider set of users.

    iTunes version 12.5.3 can be downloaded for free from Apple's iTunes webpage or via Software Update on Mac.

    The last major iTunes update came in September with iTunes 12.5.1, which debuted a slew of aesthetic and behind-the-scenes upgrades to coincide with the release of macOS Sierra. Notably, Apple Music in iTunes received a facelift commensurate of similar changes applied to the Music app in iOS 10, support for Siri on Mac and picture-in-picture viewing.





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