itunes 12 about

Alongside Developer Preview 4 of OS X Yosemite, Apple launched a new beta version of iTunes 12 this morning. The most notable change in the software is its refreshed interface, which features flatter UI elements, greater space between buttons, and other iOS 7-esque design language.

iTunes 12 also brings about a new icon, as well as a host of new features. Included in the new functionality is support for Family Share, a new option Apple announced at WWDC last month for sharing iTunes purchases, improved playlists, a redesigned information window, and more…

Here are a few screenshots of iTunes 12:

itunes 12iTunes Store

iTunes 12 device managerDevice view

itunes 12 get infoGet Info screen

iTunes-12 musicMusic page

And here are your release notes:

– This beta version of iTunes introduces an elegant new design, the ability to share purchases with your family, and improvements that make organizing your library fun and easy.

– Streamlined Design. iTunes now has a beautiful new look and simplified design that makes browsing your library easier and more enjoyable.

– Family Sharing. Share purchases from iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store with up to six people in your family – without sharing accounts.

– Improved Playlists. You can now see your full library and playlists side by side, making it even easier to add your favorite songs to playlists.

– Redesigned Info Window. The Get Info window has been completely redesigned featuring a clean look that displays the most useful information about your media.

iTunes 12 is expected to launched alongside OS X Yosemite this fall. What do you think so far?

Thanks Matthew!

  • Der Faust

    it looks nice :)……i am getting way excited about iOS 8 and Yosemite 🙂

    boom! 🙂

    • Steve R.

      Warum heißt du “der Faust”? =P

      • Der Faust

        ich weiß ….. es wird immer autocorrected 🙂

      • Anmol Malhotra

        sdbausdbaudbajbassbd 🙂
        ( NO offence for your language.. I wrote what im feeling after reading that sentence 😀 )

      • Steve R.

        Almost identical 😉

      • Der Faust

        uninformiert …. mehr lernen als Englisch, bitte 🙂

        Sie wissen, dass wir in einer riesigen Welt zu leben?

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Wow! -.-
        knsdbfbdalaknoqpjds 🙂 sdkjadvadvaydad 😀

      • Der Faust

        nichts für ungut 🙂

        yay for wordz! 🙂

      • Bugs Bunnay

        I wanna join!
        hope I did it right

      • olivo42


      • Guest

        Englisch klingt aber soo viel besser als deutsch 😛

      • Robin Keanu Keim

        Englisch klingt aber so viel besser als deutsch!

      • im2slick4u

        Ich spricht nein Deutsch! Du sprecsht English? Tut mir leid fur nicht gut Deutsch, Ich sprich Englisch!

    • elrocc

      I feel you, I was close to jumping ship and grabbing the LG G3

      • I just hope that there will be some backend stuff improved in the next version of iTunes. Right now for example I’m importing the ‘iTunes Music Library.xml’ file into iTunes on Yosemite and see this an awful lot in

        21/07/2014 19:48:10.133 iTunes[863]: Possible unresolved transaction race -108/(Music/Imagine Dragons/Night Visions,(null))

        I have no idea what any of this means but it’s repeated an awful lot and iTunes doesn’t seem to be doing anything 🙁

      • Der Faust

        gah…..then you would be stuck in the world of no-support-apps-not-working-data-losses-very-ugly-interfaces(android)……. 🙂

        i kid i kid :)… each their own :)….

  • Shave those purchases! Shave ’em!!

  • David Gitman

    how about windows?

    • Nothing on the Windows front yet afaik. This update was included as part of an upgrade for Yosemite. It is only logical to assume though that the Windows iTunes will be updated at some point in time.

      • David Gitman

        oh okay thanks

    • Der Faust

      probably won’t see the windows version for a bit?

      • David Gitman


      • Der Faust

        or more accurately…. I’m sure it will look very similar :)….. and will probably drop when they release iOS8 and Yosemite 🙂

      • David Gitman

        thank you very much for you answer

      • PhoneTechJay

        Windows version will come once Yosemite is released.

  • Tony

    Typo in the release note: “Family Sharing. ‘shave’ purchases…” I wonder how one can “shave” purchases.

    • Why with a virtual razor of course…

      • Guest

        Damn it, that was a shitty dictation error I didn’t notice.

  • Now if only it has the dark mode option for it.

  • Define Redesigned?

  • AppleFanboy

    Screenshot the mini player please.

    • The mini player is the same as in iTunes 11 (no design changes)…

      • AppleFanboy

        bummer 🙁

      • Looks like I lied! If you open the mini player with nothing playing you get the old iTunes 11 mini player but with something playing it looks like this with an all new square design (at least I’m sure it was rectangular before right?):

      • AppleFanboy

        Actually you can switch between both by clicking on the album art on the bottom left. Thanks anyways 😀

      • Really? I didn’t know that. You learn something new everyday…

  • Mr.DnQ

    New design control center, new handoff with suggestions, new display tab… Feels much more fluent, best beta yet….


    STORY TIME: Their once was a man a man with blue hair and brown eyes who had a jailbroken iphone 5, with night mode and f.lux tweaks. Then one terrible day he updated to ios 7.1.1 (at the time wasn’t at the time)…. Later that night (around 2:25 p.m.) he goes to use his phone. BAMM it hits him it immediately through his body in shock, the man falls to the floor no body is their to here him fall. But thank GOD. he had LIFE ALERT.

    THE END~(8—-)~

    • Alternate Ending: One day this man developed a fault with his iPhone. Ordinarily this would have been covered by warranty but since the device was jailbroken Apple refused to service it. The end…



      • puggsly

        Factory Restore Phone….warranty still intact. But ultimately…..why bother.

      • Dustin Boyechko

        Nice post! iTunes 12 now sucks now without original sidebar. Way to go and ruin a perfectly good program Apple.

    • Bugs Bunnay

      Another alternative ending: Their once was a man that never existed!
      THE END

  • Jason Baroni

    Just beautiful.

  • Philippe Vézina

    Sidebar is definitely gone…

    • If that’s so, that’s horrific news! They’re ruining the UX with each update.

      And this is a cheap redesign, nothing of the new aestetics of Yosemite is coming through.

      • We don’t really need sidebars though. From the looks of it everything that used to be in the sidebar has been put into a more inviting top navigation bar of some sort:

      • Sure, but I like to see everything I have in one glance like the sidebar allows more than that new little menu (based on the screenshots) but Apple can do whatever they want.. unless the older iTunes runs on Yosemite’s final release

      • Dustin Boyechko

        I am running Yosemite and iTunes 12 sucks without the sidebar. Everything was at your fingertips, now it is all over the place.

      • Dustin Boyechko

        Thank god I jumped ship to Android. Best move ever. Don’t have to worry about sinking my phone anymore to iTunes. I will definitely find a new media program to use. Also won’t be buying anything from iTunes, or Apple Store anymore, not that I did anyways.

    • Gavin Jones

      Oh no

    • orbitly

      It’s been hidden by default since like 10. I’m sure 12 will still allow you to enable it.

  • Marcus

    RIP iTunes Sidebar… I know it was replaced by that thing at the top of iTunes but it’ll take me a long time to get used to this new feel. D:

    • Anthony Snyder

      They added a sidebar for when you connect your phone!

      • Marcus

        I saw that but it’s just not the same D:

      • onehotgrill

        the sidebar also reappears when you click on the playlists tab.

    • Khanh

      iTunes does have a sidebar if you enable it though; at least in Windows, I don’t know about Mac .

  • Der Faust

    i look forward to the family share thing :)…. having a 5yr old computer nerd myself, that is going to be fantastic :)….

  • Matt Dowdy

    Does anyone know if family share will include additional purchased icloud storage?

  • Lazy-fugly-flat as expected…let’s see if that’ll make it lag free.

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    I just came.

  • wwian

    I’m guessing it will still be a 15GB install and eat 92% of CPU? LOL

  • Daniel Beecham

    can someone give a link to download iTunes 12?

    • Philippe Vézina

      Only compatible with Yosemite DP4… then it will be offered as a normal update.

  • Donovan

    Hey, this looks nice. Did not expect that to happen.

  • im2slick4u

    Will there be a Linux version? Or Windows if we are lucky? *crosses fingers*

  • Foellarbear

    I was expecting a more significant design change, but nonetheless is looks much better than iTunes 11.

  • Phil Randle

    Subtle iTunes Redesign, but looks like that all it needed, its honestly gorgeous. The icons make so much sense and its easier to navigate, I like the device view how it shows everything that you have on your device as well as sync settings, makes it less confusing for people who don’t understand it.

  • andy

    To be honest, looks fantastic!!! 😀 great job apple.

  • Dan

    I don’t care about visual redesign, I just hope it’s more responsive. I’ve got a high end PC and iTunes is the only software that lags.

  • Joseph an

    and how can i get transfer purchased item in the new iTunes 12?

    • Jaelen D Josiah H

      They are all in the cloud. All you have to do is go into purchases and then you can download them for free!

  • queen_ir3ne

    Where’s the lyrics tab in get info window?

  • Jaelen D Josiah H

    It looks like multiple people can have their own music libraries. That means multiple iPhone’s can be synced to the same computer!

  • Nojoch

    I am having a huge problem with itunes and yosemite as of right now….

    My ipad is stuck in the itunes logo with usb screen logo and when trying to recover or plug in to the mac the itunes shuts down and can’t be opened as soon as the ipad gets unplugged itunes works perfect.

    Ipad is a brick atm. HELP?

  • Матт Реякіпѕ

    I don’t like the removal of the side bar with no option to bring it back on the apps section. I don’t care if it can be brought back on the media section.

  • Adan

    Whenever you get new updates, it no longer shows text of what’s new… where did it go??

  • Stefan

    Why, oh why, do they keep making it worse and worse. It was bad enough when I couldn’t manually clean up my podcasts in iTunes 11, but now I can’t even delete things off my podcast playlists anymore. Are the willfully making things worse or what?

  • hiroshima

    Bitchs!!! where is that damn repeat button mfs???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Justin Endo

    Apple needs a UX designer for this shit. Seriously.

  • Channing Tater

    Holy shit. Another massive turd fro Appppple.

  • Shawn Miller

    This is awful. You can’t drag and drop songs and folders anymore. Can’t copy/paste artwork from the web anymore. Apple took out all of the features that I actually liked. Way to ruin functionality, Apple. I think I’m going back to Fubar.

  • Rob C

    I urge everyone to NOT download iTunes 12. It is the worst iTunes design ever. Avoid at all costs

  • steveh46

    I’ve had iTunes 12 for a week or two and still don’t understand the point of the changes to the UI. Needlessly complex and confusing. The old, simple drag and drop to add things to Playlists seems to be be gone. Don’t upgrade to 12 if you can avoid it.