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Apple on Tuesday morning released iTunes 12.5.1 for Mac and Windows, ahead of the release of iOS 10 later that day, and macOS Sierra on September 20th. This release brings along an all-new Apple Music design supposed to bring greater clarity and simplicity to an otherwise clunky application.

Besides basic support for iOS 10, iTunes 12.5.1 offers several enhancements designed specifically for macOS Sierra, including support for Siri, which lets you play music using your voice. Picture-in-Picture, is also a new addition for this version of iTunes that allows you to play videos from iTunes and have them lot above your desktop in any corner of the screen.

The big changes in iTunes 12.5.1 are mostly visual with the redesigned Apple Music, drawing heavy inspiration from its iOS 10 counterpart. Everything is now bigger, and bolder. Love it or hate it, it’s supposed to improve your Apple Music experience (I know it had the opposite effect on mine).

  • diggitydang

    How will this work/sync with iOS devices on 9.3.3? Anyone know? Hoping no effect at all.

    • Bill

      Unless there is a bug, which is unlikely, you’ll have no problems.

      • diggitydang

        From what I’m reading, sounds like iTunes update doesn’t work well with older versions of iOS Music App – something to do with iCloud Music getting wonky. I use Apple Music so I’m staying away for awhile.

    • leart

      typically form apple.. only the latest iTunes will work with ios 10, I’ll bet on this.. older iTunes will not work with this new ios

      • Bill

        It sounds like he was asking if the updated iTunes will work with iOS older than 10, which of course it will.

      • leart

        if so, my bad

      • leart

        in fact .. latest itunes yes did broken some old ios version, for example its no possible anymore to backup a device on ios 3 anymore, just to sync songs, apps or information..

      • Bill

        I did not know that, thanks. I am not all that surprised iOS 3 isn’t really supported any longer, but I couldn’t imagine them cutting off the very last one. You know? Since of course they literally just released 10.

      • leart

        iOS 3 was fully supported till iTunes 12.3.2. didn’t tried the first iPod 1 I have.. but when downgraded for test a 3G to iOS 3.1.3 noticed that the backup was broken.. still there is a workaround to downgrade iTunes but that will broke the lastest iOS lol

      • diggitydang

        Thanks leart. I’m not that far back! Thanks for the input though.

      • diggitydang

        Yes, Bill. That’s what I meant. Thanks for clarifying!

      • philip Mills

        looks like it

      • sg1969

        of course it won’t work. Why should it itunes support an OS that does not exist yet? that makes no sense. it may not make sense to update the entire app, but an update is required.

  • philip Mills

    there is a bug with the downloads

    • philip Mills

      wtf

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    I thought this would come bundled with Sierra.

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      It is

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      Look

  • Budz Camacho

    How many minutes/hours till IOS 10. ? I want it right away

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      About 25 minutes… precisely 🙂 🙂

    • mdrglz

      Is live I got the ota update about 30min ago. 🙂 loving iOS 10!

      • Budz Camacho

        Why I dont see it ? I have the GM do I need to restore to 9.3.5?

      • Ángel Javier Esquivel

        GM is the official release I think

      • Budz Camacho
  • djluna31

    When iOS 10 release

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  • Jon McGowan

    Do NOT Download OS10 on your phone , do it through iTunes otherwise you’ll be in the same boat as I , no phone and no iTunes

  • Axl Feliciano

    New itunes will not detect your device if you are jailbroken

    • ready1take1

      it detects mine just fine. 9.3.3

  • moparbob

    I am having problem, iTunes will not detect my iPhone or iPad.

    Windows 10 anniversary update.

    On iTunes 12.4 it detects it but then i updated to iTunes 12.5.1 and it does not detect my iPhone or iPad. I can go into Windows explore and view my pictures.

    non jailbroken

    Never had this happen before

    HELP!!!!
    Thanks

    • Axl Feliciano

      same issue apple online support says their servers are being hammered so iTunes is not downloading properly we will see if indeed that’s the issue

  • ready1take1

    Well I just lost all the artwork in the artist list. Anyone know how to get it back? They’re all microphones.

    • Paolo

      The artist artwork will show if there is a song purchased from the iTunes Store for that artist (also a song purchased by someone that’s not you). You have to add a purchased item to make the artwork show. Then you can delete it and the artwork will remain.

      • ready1take1

        you have got to be shitting me. this has to be one of the dumbest things apple has done recently.

      • stefan verna

        NEVER download an application as soon as it comes out. please read forum or reviews before. this is a ridiculous feature to delete artist artwork unless the song is from itunes stores.

      • ready1take1

        i swear it did it on its own automatically. i didn’t go out of my way to download this version it just opened that way. I’m assuming there’s no way to downgrade itunes versions?

      • stefan verna

        Check your settting of your Apple Store App ‘cuz it may have upgraded automatically. its super complicated to downgrade. if you backup your computer with Timemachine then your artwork is all there. but to re-import it in each song is another story.

      • ready1take1

        Thanks, yeah it’s not the artwork per se. The album art is still there. It’s the artwork in the artist list. Which I think is generated by Apple because it’s artwork I didn’t put on most of my artists.

      • Bill

        I’m with you…and this is bullshit. I am very angry about this!

      • ready1take1

        What I’ve done in the meantime is switch to sorting by “Songs” under Library. Sorts everything by Genres, Artists and Albums. A more clean look for sure, but at least there are no Pink microphones. Then if you go to View>Show View Options, you can check Show Artwork and it’ll show your album art, and can uncheck things you don’t need that may be on the list.

  • Shatterface

    Don’t download this crap if you have books from Audible because it strips away any HQ artwork you added and defaults to the low-res artwork which comes with the download.
    Worse still, you can’t change it a second time.
    It looks atrocious.

    • John Preece

      I have had the same problem since updating to iTunes 12.5.1. I have 144 audiobooks from Audible imported into iTunes. I never understood why the import always had album art of 95×95 resolution, when the related Audible webpage had a perfectly good 300×300 image. I just got in the habit of manually copy and pasting the higher resolution artwork whenever I imported a new book, but now (as you say) it has discarded these and you can’t copy and paste them back in again (iTunes won’t save them). I spent over an hour on the phone today to a senior Apple advisor, and despite his best efforts we weren’t able to work it out. For the moment, I have just changed audiobooks from grid view to list view and set artwork size to “Small”. You can even turn off artwork completely in that view, but 95×95 looks better than nothing when viewed small. I don’t see why I can’t have my HQ artwork, just like for all my music, it shouldn’t be rocket science. I know it’s just a cosmetic problem, but it’s annoying. Any ideas anyone? NB: Audiobooks bought from the iTunes store are fine. They are AAC/.m4b files, but the ones from Audible are .aa (Audible Audio) files.

      • Evie Andrews

        i have this problem as well with my audible audiobooks except with one. For some reason it still has the imported artwork I added. The only difference i can find is the file is not .aa its .aax I don’t even know what that is. I tried changing one some of the other audible files to that extension but then the book wouldn’t play. Have no idea why this one does though.

      • lymis

        It’s a different audible format called Enhanced. The file sizes are about twice the size of the non-enhanced ones.

      • Evie Andrews

        Yeah. Thanks. I did eventually figure it out after I googled it. I Remember messing with the downloads on audible as I had no idea what the different was with their formats.

      • Evie Andrews

        Figured how to fix it!!

        There is not a problem with the artwork showing on .aax audible files. These are the Enhanced files. You will need to go into your audible account and re-download the files in an enhanced format. Screen Shot 2016-09-21 at 10.33.48 AM.png

        The files are about double the size of a Format 4 file. The Format 4 files (.aa) seem to be the ones reverting the artwork back to the original horrible pixel artwork.

        Just delete the old files from your iTunes library and replace with the enhanced files. They synced over fine to my iPhone 6sPlus just fine. 🙂

      • John Preece

        I went ahead and re-downloaded all of my Audible audiobooks in Enhanced format. It took me a couple of evenings to do them all, but it was worth it. As expected, they work fine on my iPod Classic but not on my iPod Nano 2nd Gen. I guess I will just keep the latter for playing music when I’m at the gym. The Audible files now take up around 40GB instead of 20GB. I notice that the full resolution artwork was downloaded with all the new files, in addition to you being able to subsequently change the artwork with no problems. Basically, it looks as though the new iTunes does not like the old .aa files much (although it will still play them), but loves the Enhanced .aax files. Anyway, thanks again for the tip.

  • Mahou Shoujo

    After downloading iTunes 12.5.1, I laughed, I cried, I felt every emotion from anger to infinity and beyond. The only way to describe this latest machination from the bowels of smell without using every possible obscenity and profanity is impossible. It looks and acts like something a troupe of orangoutangs making their premier debut on the programming scene would do. Only missing the feces graphic to emphasize its simian origins. Worst version ever. Simple thing like transferring download from utube to play list, to iPhone is far beyond its technical abilities. The limp attempts at trying to explain the procedure would embarrass autotrophs with english as a second language.

  • hanbi27

    the new itunes design looks horrible.. i cannot stand the strong cyan blue…