New iTunes 11

This is a discussion on New iTunes 11 within the iTunes forums, part of the Apple Services category; Approximately two weeks following the launch of the revamped iTunes 11 application, Apple has released iTunes 11.0.1 via the Mac App Store Software Update tab ...

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    Apple releases iTunes 11.0.1, adds duplicate item finding, includes iCloud



    Approximately two weeks following the launch of the revamped iTunes 11 application, Apple has released iTunes 11.0.1 via the Mac App Store Software Update tab to users.

    This update to the new iTunes addresses an issue where new purchases in iCloud may not appear in your library if iTunes Match is turned on, makes iTunes more responsive when searching a large library, fixes a problem where the AirPlay button may not appear as expected, and adds the ability to display duplicate items within your library.

    The update is generally a bug fix release. It includes fixes for items from iCloud not properly appearing in user libraries, an issue with the AirPlay button not appearing, and making libraries with several items more responsive.




    Additionally, this new update restores the ability to display duplicate items in user libraries. This was a feature notably lost in the transition from iTunes 10 to iTunes 11. Apple promised these updates earlier this month.

    iTunes 11 includes a completely redesigned player, UpNext, a new MiniPlayer, enhanced iCloud integration, a redesigned iTunes Store, and more.

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    What's new in iTunes 11.0.1: Missing features restored, annoying bugs fixed



    Apple on Thursday released iTunes 11.0.1, the thrilling sequel to iTunes 11, the late-November overhaul to the company’s all-in-one music player, iOS device syncing center, and app, music, video, ebook, and podcast store. While 11.0.1 unsurprisingly offers far less drastic changes than its immediate predecessor included, we have discovered a variety of significant but subtle improvements in the minor update.

    The release notes in full for 11.0.1 read as follows:

    This update to the new iTunes addresses an issue where new purchases in iCloud may not appear in your library if iTunes Match is turned on, makes iTunes more responsive when searching a large library, fixes a problem where the AirPlay button may not appear as expected, and adds the ability to display duplicate items within your library. This update also includes other important stability and performance improvements.

    Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn confirmed on his blog that when searching his very large library of 65,000 tracks, iTunes 11.0.1’s performance improves significantly over iTunes 11. “Searches that took more than 30 seconds with the initial release are nearly instantaneous now,” he writes.




    Another fix we found in iTunes 11.0.1 is that it properly attributes albums to “Various Artists” when appropriate in Album view. Previously, the app would pick the artist behind the first track on your mixed-artist album, and list that performer below the album’s name—at least for some albums, for some users. That small visual glitch has followed Ping into the iTunes graveyard.




    Yet another fix concerns the new MiniPlayer for folks with Full Keyboard Access enabled in the Keyboard section of System Preferences. (That option lets you use Tab to move between more on-screen controls.) With Full Keyboard Access turned on, the MiniPlayer in iTunes 11 always showed the currently playing track’s album art and playback controls (previous, play/pause, next). In iTunes 11.0.1, the MiniPlayer correctly shows the currently playing track’s title and artist—with the playback controls appearing only when you move the mouse over the MiniPlayer.

    A bug that mistakenly allowed users to edit the behind-the-scenes Smart Playlists that generated certain views in iTunes is also squashed in iTunes 11.0.1.




    The restored Show Duplicates command, which had vanished with the release of iTunes 11, appears back under the View menu in iTunes 11.0.1. The tool remains as simpleminded as it was in earlier versions of iTunes: It looks only at identically-named tracks, ignoring important factors like whether the tracks are very different lengths (indicating different versions, like live versus studio versions), but it’s useful for very casual identification of tracks in your library more than once.

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    Show Duplicate Songs with iTunes 11

    The ability to quickly find duplicate items in iTunes libraries is back in the latest version of iTunes 11 for both Mac OS X and Windows. First things first, you’ll need to update to iTunes 11.0.1 before attempting to use the feature again. Update to the newest version either through iTunes itself, or through Software Update or the Mac App Store.

    Once you’re on the latest version of iTunes (11.0.1):

    Pull down the “View” menu to find “Show Duplicate Items”
    The iTunes media window will update showing duplicate items




    Simple enough right? There’s a couple important things to note here: both items are shown, meaning both a song and it’s duplicate version, so you don’t want to simply just delete everything you see in the updated iTunes window or you will remove both the duplicate and the original. If you’re trying to thin out songs you know are copied throughout the library, take the time to review the files shown to make sure you are deleting the correct version, whether it’s of lower bit rate, mislabeled, or whatever else.




    Also, the duplicates shown at the time will depend on the media library selected. Most people use this feature to find and remove duplicate songs rather than movies or podcasts though, so that shouldn’t be an issue. Finally, if you’re coming from past versions of iTunes that had this feature too, make note of the switch where this option now resides in the “View” menu rather than the “File” menu like it did before. The “Show Exact Duplicates” feature is still around as well, accessible by holding the Option key.

    Other than preventing repetitive music playing, this can be another effective way to clear up some free disk space when you’re hard drive is running low.

    For some background, this feature has been around for quite a while, but it briefly disappeared from the first iTunes 11 release before coming back with the iTunes 11.0.1 update. Presumably it will carry forward with future versions of iTunes.

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    Stream Radio and Access Podcasts in iTunes 11



    Streaming Radio and podcasts are great features that are still around in iTunes 11, but along with much else the two have been shuffled around slightly, and in some cases aren’t visible by default for whatever reason.

    For Radio, check to see if the “Radio” tab is accessible. That will be found within the Music library section of iTunes if it is enabled. If you’re in Music and there’s no Radio tab, you need to make it visible by adjusting the appropriate preference option:

    Open iTunes Preferences and choose the “General” tab
    Check the box next to “Radio” and “Podcasts”




    Streaming radio is now visible again as a tab, but unlike past versions of iTunes it won’t be visible in the sidebar. Podcasts is just the opposite, which will be visible only in the sidebar, but won’t be visible as a tab across the Music section, though podcasts are also accessible by hitting the keyboard shortcut Command+4 Though slightly inconsistent, so long as you use the sidebar and followed the tricks to make iTunes 11 look familiar again, you won’t have any issues.

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    How to Keep iTunes from Automatically Downloading Purchased Items



    If you don’t want this feature, or have already set it up on another computer, you can stop iTunes from bothering you by navigating to iTunes > Preferences > Store. Once there, uncheck the boxes for Music, Apps, and Books under Automatic Downloads. You can also have iTunes never check for downloads by unchecking the boxes labeled “Always check for available downloads” and “Automatically download pre-orders when available.” When you are done making your selections, click OK.

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    Troubleshooting iTunes 11



    iTunes 11 arrived on the final day of November, barely in time to meet Apple’s self-imposed November deadline for availability of the update. Actually, Apple had originally announced an October release but delayed the launch due to “engineering issues.”

    Whatever Apple needed to fix, it appears to have done the job. While there are bugs in iTunes 11 (as there are in virtually every piece of software), they appear to few in number and relatively minor—especially when you consider that iTunes 11 is a major redesign stuffed with new features and interface changes. At least that was the impression I had after browsing through Apple’s Support Communities iTunes threads in search of user complaints.

    The biggest complaints regarding iTunes 11 were not about what wasn’t working. Rather, they were about what was no longer there—desirable features in iTunes 10 that are MIA in iTunes 11.

    Missing features

    The range of missing features lamented by iTunes users was wide and deep. Here are the highlights.

    Cover Flow: By far, the most frequent lament was the loss of the Cover Flow view for Library items. I was surprised (given that I never found this view to be especially useful) that many users described Cover Flow as perhaps their favourite feature in iTunes 10. Many people have been so upset about the loss of this option that they are looking to downgrade back to iTunes 10.

    Display Duplicates gone: The Display Duplicates command, located in the File menu of iTunes 10, was dropped from iTunes 11. At least for now, users who found this a valuable way to locate unwanted copies of songs will now need to locate a third party utility to take over the job. However, we may see the feature return in an update to iTunes 11.

    Shuffled playlists don’t sync: According to what I read, you could shuffle a playlist in iTunes 10 and have the physical listing of the songs shift. This meant that, when you synced your playlist to an iOS device, it would sync the newly shuffled order. This no longer works in iTunes 11. While you can still shuffle the playlist order of songs in iTunes 11, the listings remain static. As such, the shuffled order does not sync to iOS devices. While I’ve never considered using this option, numerous users are quite upset about its disappearance.

    Album Art area gone: In iTunes 10, the lower left corner of the main window displayed the album cover art of the current selection. This area was especially useful for music that had no associated album art: you could drag your own image to the space to add desired artwork. This is all gone in iTunes 11. However, you can still view a smaller image of the cover art of the currently playing item in the display at the top of the iTunes window. And, as pointed out by Kirk McElhearn, you can substitute your own art by dragging it to that display or via the Artwork tab in iTunes’ Info window.

    These items do not exhaust the MIA list. Not by a long shot. For other examples of what’s no longer present in iTunes 11, check out a recent TidBITs article as well as Macworld Australia‘s review of iTunes. Among other things, you’ll learn that you can no longer open playlists in a separate window or have the Column Browser appear along the left side of the iTunes window.

    Downgrade?

    If all of this makes you long for the good old days of last month, you may find yourself considering a downgrade back to iTunes 10. If so, several locations—including this Apple Support Communities thread or this similar one, offer details on how to do it. You’ll need to do more than simply reacquire the old app; you’ll also need to reactivate your old iTunes Library file (which hopefully still exists in your Previous iTunes Libraries folder). Be warned: If things don’t go as expected, you could wind up with “missing file” problems in your iTunes listings.




    Bugs

    While the removed features in iTunes 11 are getting most of the attention, there are also a few bugs worth noting. Here are two:

    AirPlay missing: Many users have been unable to locate the AirPlay icon/button in iTunes 11. Fortunately, this is not another case of Apple eliminating a function. Rather it is a fixable bug. The icon should be just to the right of the Volume slider. If you don’t see it there, launch the iTunes MiniPlayer (by clicking the icon in the upper right corner of the iTunes window). When you move your cursor over the MiniPlayer, the AirPlay icon should appear. Even better, when you return to the standard view of iTunes 11, the AirPlay icon should be restored to its rightful place.

    Search slow: If you have a very large iTunes library (probably a minimum of around 10,000 items), you may find that using the Search box in iTunes 11 is agonisingly slow. After typing your first letter, you have to wait and wait and wait… before you can type another letter and before any results appear. Happily, you can speed things up again via a simple work-around.

    Click the magnifying glass icon on the left edge of the Search text box. From the menu that appears, uncheck “Search Entire Library.” Assuming you have Music selected as your Library category, the grey “Search Library” text in the text box should shift to “Search Music.” Your searches should now run at the expected speedy pace.

    This has the further advantage of limiting searches to just the category you’ve selected. For example, if you select Movies instead of Music, the search will only examine your movie items.

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    Easily Add Password Protection to Shared iTunes Libraries & Playlists



    iTunes Home Sharing is a great way to share music libraries and playlists with others, but if you don’t want everyone to be able to sort through the shared library, you can easily require a password in order to access the shared playlists. This is perfect for situations where some content may be explicit and not appropriate for everyone to hear or see in your iTunes library, and it’s also excellent for when you only want to share and stream music with yourself from one computer to another, but you remain on the same network with others. Even for more mundane playlists it can still be a good idea to implement the password in multi-Mac households, offices, or schools, plus, you can combine it with sharing only specific playlists to hide that terribly embarrassing early 90′s music collection from everyone else in the office.

    Requiring a password to access shared iTunes media can either be mandated during the initial Home Sharing setup, or it can be added after the fact to either the entire library or specific playlists, here’s how to do that:

    From iTunes, open Preferences and click on the “Sharing” tab
    Be sure Sharing is enabled, then either specify to share either the entire library, or only selected playlists
    To add password protection, check the box for “Require Password”, then enter a password that others will need to access the lists – if you intend to share the password with anyone else, do not use the same password here as you do with your administrator account or anything else
    Close out of iTunes Preferences

    The next time someone goes to connect to the iTunes share, they will need to enter that set password to see and access the playlists or library. This applies to everyone, whether they are connecting from another Mac or PC running iTunes, or an iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone on the same network.

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    Fixing Grey Songs & Unplayable Albums in Music App on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch



    Have you ever gotten a new album or podcast, synced it over to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, then when you went to play the songs you discovered they were grayed out in the Music app? The album is there, the song title is there, but because the song is grey you can tap it all you want and nothing happens, the music won’t play. This is fairly common, and if you’ve run into it before it’s almost certainly nothing wrong with your music, iOS device, or iTunes, it’s probably just a transfer error. This usually means they songs are either not done transferring, or they haven’t transferred at all because the iOS device was disconnected from the computer before the transfer could complete. As a result, this is really easy to resolve:

    Relaunch iTunes on the Mac or PC and make sure the iOS device is connected either by USB cable or by wi-fi, then do either option 1 or option 2:

    1: Resync the entire device completely

    2: Selectively transfer the greyed songs only without syncing everything else by dragging and dropping them from the iTunes playlist to the iOS device

    Wait for the device to finish syncing before disconnecting again, as indicated by the disappearance of the spinning sync/transfer icons

    Sometimes just reconnecting the device to a computer alone will restart the transfer too, this will be made obvious by the little spinning circle in the black iOS title bar and the same logo appearing alongside the device in iTunes. You can also open the Music app on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod and look at the grey songs, when they are transferring over again there will be an indicator showing you the progress of the song, when it reaches a full circle the song should appear black and be playable as usual.




    It seems the grayed song issue is particularly prone to happen with syncing over wi-fi, and automatic syncing, both incredibly useful features that can have some hiccups if the wireless connection isn’t stable, there is heavy interference, a weak signal, or there are wifi or connection troubles in general.

    There is always a possibility that songs aren’t transferring for other reasons, or that there is something else wrong. Here are some other possible problems and situations where you’ll end up with greyed out songs in the Music app:

    If connecting via physical cable, check if the device is fraying or torn, this could be impacting the sync and transfer. If so, you may need a new USB cable
    Try a different USB port
    Check for heavy interference on the wi-fi network, this is easy in OS X using Wi-Fi Diagnostics
    Determine if the music or songs play in iTunes, if they don’t play on the computer in iTunes, they may be corrupted or incomplete

    In especially rare occasions, you may need to restore the entire device to get things working again too.

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    iTunes 11: Miniplayer and Up Next tips

    Two more tips about iTunes 11





    While it’s not obvious, you can use the MiniPlayer in iTunes 11 when you’re in full-screen mode. To do so, switch out of full-screen mode, set iTunes to show on all desktops (right- or Control-click on the Dock icon, select Options > All Desktops), open the MiniPlayer as a separate window (Window > MiniPlayer), then click the full-screen button on the main window.

    Note that if you have the MiniPlayer set to float above other windows (in the iTunes Advanced preferences), then it won’t display when you switch to iTunes. This makes sense, of course, because you don’t need it then. Also, this is the only way to get the MiniPlayer to work across spaces, if you use them. If iTunes is not in full-screen mode, then the MiniPlayer only displays in the same workspace as iTunes.

    The second tip is about two ways you can quickly add songs to the Up Next list.

    First, just drag an item from the iTunes library onto the iTunes LCD (the display at the top of the window that shows what’s playing). This can be a single song, an album, or a playlist. The iTunes LCD will show a blue border when you bring the item over it, and the Up Next icon will flash with art of the item you have added.

    The second way is to press the Option key and hover your cursor over an item. The track number next to its name will change to a plus-sign (+) icon. Click that icon to add that track to Up Next.

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    Get the Classic iTunes Search List Style Back in iTunes 11



    A lot of things changed when the latest version of iTunes was released, much of which represented user interface and behavior changes that weren’t always popular. For many of us, the best solution of handling the new UI was to basically revert the changes to make iTunes look normal and familiar again, and we’re about to do the same thing with the Search feature.

    First an explanation: in iTunes 11, searching brings up a nice looking pop-up window that let’s you interact with music and add songs to the Up Next. You’ll no longer get direct access to a simple list of songs that match the results, which is a view that is pretty much essential if you want to make a bulk edit of a group of songs, update album art, or even just make a simple playlist the old fashioned way. A fair amount of users experience this as a bug, assuming that search is broken or not working correctly, but it is, the results are just different looking. Before iTunes 11, searching would bring up a simple results list from the media library that would let you highlight multiple songs and easily make adjustments, and frankly that was useful enough that many people want that ability back.

    Make iTunes Search Return Lists and Be Useful Again

    In order for this to work across all future searches, the iTunes Search box must be cleared:

    Open iTunes and click the tiny magnifying glass icon within the “Search Music” box
    Uncheck ‘Search Entire Library’




    Test a new search and hit return to discover the classic results list style

    The difference is night and day in presentation, and you regain the ability to select bulk songs in the results, plus you can now make group edits to songs again. If you’re not quite sure what we’re talking about here the screenshots below convey this fairly well.


    Here is before, which is the new default search appearance in iTunes 11+:




    And here is after, with the same search being performed, but returned to the classic search list style having been restored:




    Though a lot of users probably won’t care much about this change, it makes a world of difference to those who do bulk adjustments or who would rather just have the classic media search look back. This tip works exactly the same in both Windows and Mac OS X versions of iTunes 11 and later.


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