Apple iTunes – 12.4 Update Simplifies Navigation

Apple iTunes has released an update on Monday with version 12.4. With the update, it simplifies some of the more intricate navigation features that have been criticized for this major version of Apple’s media management program. The company’s release notes for version 12.4 states “Now enjoy all of your music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and more in a more simpler design.” For those who were not able to update their iTunes yet can do so through the App Store app on your Mac computers.

Apple iTunes - 12.4 Update Simplifies Navigation

Apple iTunes Updates With Version 12.4

With the latest update, navigating around Apple iTunes is now, or rather again, centered around the sidebar and with a single menu in the navigation bar. Users are also able to show or hid the sidebar in the View menu of the program. This could be in light after a lot of confusing media kind buttons were in the navigation bar. Now, there is a popup menu in which the company calls the Media Picker. Here, users are able to choose a media library, then either edit the Media Picker menu or mount another iTunes library with the use of Home Sharing.

Once a media library has been selected, you can then access its contents from the sidebar in Apple iTunes. You can see a number of ways to access your preferred media under the library header. For instance, when you want to select your preferred Music library, by default, the Recently Added, Albums, Artists, Genres, and Music Videos can be seen. If you right click anywhere in the section then choose Edit List, you can then add more fields into that such as Composers and Compilations. Right clicking there also allows you to remove any of the view options that you prefer. Once you’re finished, you can click on Done, or click on anywhere else in the sidebar to completely save your changes.

It does make more sense to have a sidebar entry for Recently Added rather than a pile of content pickers found at the top of the various views, which was like that before the version 12.4 update. However, there are no changes in the scope of this selection such as weeks and months.

Furthermore the View Options menu in Apple iTunes has now disappeared as it was previously seen at the top right of the application’s window. In order to view options, you can choose View > View Options. You can also do this by simply pressing Command + J on your keyboard.

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