Apple Simplifies Navigation with iTunes 12.4

Apple on Monday released iTunes 12.4, simplifying some of the complex navigation features that have been criticized in this venison of the media management app. Apple’s release notes for iTunes 12.4 say: “Now enjoy all of your music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and more in a simpler design.” You can update iTunes through the App Store app on your Mac.

When I reviewed iTunes 12 back in late 2014, I said, “Overall, I find the navigation confusing—it requires too many clicks to get around.” I find the changes Apple has wrought to the interface of iTunes 12.4 to be both positive and intuitive, and I think all users will find these new ways of navigation to be more efficient, once they get used to them.

Read the rest of the article on Macworld.

Also, see Some Minor Changes in iTunes 12.4 for an overview of the smaller changes that I didn’t mention in the article.

6 thoughts on “Apple Simplifies Navigation with iTunes 12.4

  1. Command-L works like before if Apple Music is hidden.

    I also noticed that compilations are now grouped together in their own section at the bottom of album view. I like it.

    • Yes, the Command-L thing wasn’t working because I was listening to Apple Music Radio.

      Compilations were always at the end in Albums view, if you sort by artist. I still have 12.3 on my other Mac, and I just checked.

      • Strange – compilations were definitely never in a separate section at the end of Albums view for me. They were listed alphabetically by album artist.

  2. It does look as though a few nav elements have improved. But one large step backward would seem to be the return of the 11.x media selector drop-down (and resultant doubling in the number of clicks required to switch between media libraries). Its replacement by the 12.x customisable icon set was my favourite UI improvement…which it would seem has now been removed.

  3. …quite right, although those keyboard shortcuts aren’t new to 12.4. Adding clicks/complexity to mouse-based media nav is an unfortunate regression, and from your comment in the other thread it sounds like device management has gone the same route (only way out from a sync is via ‘back’).

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