Apple has released the newest update to their music player, iTunes 12.4, to both Mac and Windows users. Unexpectedly is the best way to describe the timing of the release of this update as not just me but lots of people in the tech community weren’t expecting this update until June with a possible unveiling at WWDC. The reason? The changes found in this update were recently leaked and are pretty much spot on. At least to me, more leaks and rumors would’ve/could’ve been spread, however since the update is here, let’s go over the new features:
A new, permanent menu bar
To make navigation simpler, Apple added a menu bar to the left hand side of iTunes. This allows for quicker access to important sections within iTunes and brings back an older vibe the app used to have. While the menu isn’t customizable, it does allow you to sort out your music, movies, apps, and more accordingly.
2. A customizable drop-down menu
A new drop-down menu is present right below the playback controls in iTunes 12.4 which is customizable via an “Edit Menu…” option. This will allow users to add a quick access toggle to the menu to get to their favorite sections in iTunes much faster. I’m already starting to use it like it’s always been there, so let’s hope Apple doesn’t make some gosh awful decision and make it disappear in the future.
3. Persistent search bar
Remember the old days when there used to be a persistent search bar in iTunes? Well, it’s back, and it’s probably one of the best changes ever made to the music software. This is going to help with quicker navigation and make iTunes easier to figure out.
As you can see, there’s not much different in iTunes 12.4 and all the changes that are present are navigation-focused. This isn’t really a bad thing since the previous versions of iTunes 12 were such a mess. Too much integration with Apple Music was the main culprit, however little focus was also made towards the music software by the music team at Apple (clearly). These amongst other little tweaks throughout the UI should make the experience in iTunes much better than before. This update is also supposed to fix a bug which caused some users to lose music they already owned and have it replaced with incorrect versions of the tracks.
Do you like the new changes in iTunes 12.4 or should have these tweaks just have been skipped altogether? Let us know in the comments!