Apple Releases iTunes 12.4 With a Redesigned Layout

Continuing with its string of update releases today, Apple has just released iTunes 12.4, bringing some minor design tweaks and important bug fixes to its media software. iTunes 12.4 comes seven months after the launch of iTunes 12.3, which was released to the public in September, and nearly two months after the last minor iTunes update.

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The new layout was actually hinted at earlier this month, with leaked screenshots sharing the new design layout of iTunes before Apple publicly released the software. Time will tell if the new design does indeed make navigating any easier.

As far as the new software goes, aside from the new design, iTunes may now also incorporate a safeguard patch that aims to fix a bug that causes locally-owned music files to be deleted without the user’s express permission.

iTunes 12.4 is now available, and users can download and install the new software through the Updates tab in the Mac App Store.

Here’s the changelog from Apple:

  • Now enjoy all of your music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and more in a simpler design.
  • Navigation. Now you can use Back and Forward buttons as you navigate between your Library, Apple Music, iTunes Store, and more.
  • Media Picker. Easily switch between Music, Movies, TV shows and more–and Edit to choose just the items you want.
  • Library and Playlists. Use Sidebar to view your Library in new ways. Drag and drop songs to easily add them to Playlists. And Edit Sidebar to show only your favorite views.
  • Menus. Menus in iTuns are now simpler and easier to use. Use the View menu to customize your Library or try context menus to act on specific items.

Apple is working on OS X 10.12, set to be unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. iOS 10 is rumored to be gaining Apple Music changes, and it’s possible OS X 10.12 will bring additional design tweaks to iTunes for a more streamlined Apple Music interface.

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