iTunes 11.2 hits: improves podcast browsing, fixes Genius unresponsiveness and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 15, 2014

To go along with the just-released OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Software Update, Apple has also issued a second major update to iTunes 11. The new version 11.2 is now available for download and includes several improvements to the in-app podcast browsing experience.

For starters, there are now all-new Unplayed and Feed tabs which collate episodes you haven’t listened to yet and new ones that have become available.

iTunes now lets you save a podcast episode to keep on your computer and resolves a few annoying issues, including one where Genius would hang when updating itself. Jump past the fold for the full breakdown… Read More


Beta version of iTunes 11.1.6 restores local contact and calendar sync

By Cody Lee on Mar 18, 2014

Apple has seeded a new beta of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 to some of its employees today. The release comes one week after Apple released the second beta of 10.9.3 to devs, which included few noticeable changes.

The new beta build is not yet available to registered Mac developers, but should be via the Software Update tab in the Mac App Store soon, or as a download via the Mac section of Apple’s developer portalRead More


Apple releases iTunes 11.1.5 with compatibility improvements and bug fixes

By Cody Lee on Feb 26, 2014

Apple has released an update for iTunes this afternoon, bringing the software to version 11.1.5. Don’t get too excited though, it appears to just be a maintenance release with only a handful of improvements.

Those improvements include a fix for a problem that may have been causing iTunes to quit unexpectedly when a device is connected, as well as better compatibility with iBooks for users on OS X Mavericks… Read More


Apple releases iTunes 11.1.4 with Wish List and language improvements

By Cody Lee on Jan 22, 2014

Apple has released an update for iTunes this afternoon, bringing the software to version 11.1.4. Don’t get too excited though, it appears to just be a maintenance release with a handful of enhancements.

Those enhancements include the ability for you to view your Wish List while in your library, as well as improved support for Arabic and Hebrew languages. There are also the usual stability improvements… Read More


Apple releases iTunes 11.1.1 with bug fixes, stability improvements

By Cody Lee on Oct 3, 2013

Apple has released a Supplemental Update to OS X 10.8.5. The release fixes an issue with the FaceTime HD camera on late-model MacBook Airs, a bug that caused external drives to be ejected, and other problems.

Additionally, Apple has also seeded a new version of iTunes this afternoon, bringing the app to version 11.1.1. The update doesn’t offer up any new features, but it does bring about bug fixes and stability improvements… Read More


‘ColorLock’ adds an iTunes 11 inspired effect to your iPhone’s Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 4, 2013

I just got through covering MultiDock, and to be honest I wasn’t very impressed with it. But another jailbreak tweak from the same developer really holds some serious promise. The tweak, entitled ColorLock, is currently making its rounds on Reddit, as it has not been released on any of Cydia’s stock repos thus far.

ColorLock allows you to have an iTunes 11 inspired effect on the iPhone’s Lock screen, while playing music from the stock Music app. It basically causes the background color of the Lock screen to match the hue of the now playing album artwork, similar to the way that iTunes 11 displays a hue that matches the album art for the music you play.

Make no mistake about it, this is a jailbreak tweak that’s innovative and holds a lot of potential. Check out some additional screenshots and information inside… Read More


Apple releases iTunes 11.0.1 with duplicate item finding and other fixes

By Cody Lee on Dec 13, 2012

With iTunes 11, Apple’s music software received a complete, much-needed, makeover. Unfortunately, it also removed some much-loved features like Cover Flow and the ability to find your duplicate track listings.

Well today, users can get at least one of those features back via a new update. Apple has just released iTunes 11.0.1 to the public, and as expected, it includes the duplicate item finding feature and other fixes… Read More


Upcoming iTunes 11 update will restore duplicate song detection

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2012

I hope you’ve grown accustomed to the new, highly visual library views focused on media artwork in iTunes 11 and don’t mind Apple dropping Cover Flow because that feature ain’t coming back. What Apple will add to the redesigned jukebox software is the ability to detect duplicate song, which mysteriously disappeared with the latest iTunes update. That’s what the Wall Street Journal tech columnist Walt Mossberg heard from his own sources within Apple. The company reportedly told him it will restore the duplicate song detection feature “in a minor update of the program”Read More


BTIG Research: iTunes 11 feature could hint at future streaming service

By Cody Lee on Nov 30, 2012

As far back as I can remember, iTunes has always given users access to web radio stations. It comes pre-installed with hundreds of them, from practically every genre, from all around the world.

I’ve never really used the feature, and frankly I’m surprised that it hasn’t been eliminated yet. But according to BTIG Research, its presence in iTunes 11 could be the sign of something bigger… Read More


Poll: is iTunes 11 snappier?

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2012

More than anything, today’s release of iTunes 11 has put Apple’s reputation on the line. After delaying the media jukebox program for a month in order “to get it right”, and having fired iOS chief Scott Forstall while letting SVP Eddy Cue rise as “a prime architect of Apple’s software strategy”, the iPhone maker must not stumble now. While iTunes 11 does not exactly mark a fresh start for the decade-old app, it truly delivers important enhancements while de-cluttering the interface and introducing under-the-hood tweaks.

These all work in concert to make your experience enjoyable and more streamlined. And now that you’ve played with it, iDB wants to know whether iTunes 11 feels snappier on your system versus the previous version… Read More


Apple’s Remote app gains iTunes 11 support, Up Next, revamped iPad UI and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2012

Following the official release of iTunes 11 for Mac and Windows and an incremental Apple TV firmware update, today’s update bonanza continues with the release of a minor update to Apple’s Remote iOS app. It now plays nice with iTunes 11, of course, and includes a redesigned interface on iPad tablets that takes design cues from the new iTunes, just as the previous version was reminiscent of desktop iTunes. As for iTunes 11 support, the updated Remote app now includes overhauled library views, an expanded view for your media, improved search results, the new UpNext feature and more… Read More


New in iTunes 11: redeem giftcards with your Mac’s FaceTime camera

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2012

As we’re sorting through all of the major changes in iTunes 11, the Interwebs is starting to light up with reports of the little things and nice-to-haves that Apple did not include in the full changelog for iTunes 11. One of such features that I know will be hugely popular with parents and people who buy iTunes Gift Cards is the ability to redeem any such card with your Mac’s camera, without typing in a single character, just like that. It’s just one of those little things that make life more easier and enjoyable. Here’s how it works… Read More


Revamped iTunes 11 arrives: Up Next, new MiniPlayer, deep iCloud integration, more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2012

The Wall Street Journal, Apple’s unofficial mouthpiece, was right reporting yesterday that iTunes 11 would launch at some point today. Yes, the eleventh major version of the decade-old media jukebox software just went live on Apple’s servers. You can download it manually by heading over to Apple’s iTunes Download page (and reload if necessary). Alternatively, choose Software Update from the Mac’s Apple menu or run the Software Update app available in the Start menu in Windows… Read More


AppleCare reps given pre-release iTunes 11 builds ahead of today’s release

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2012

According to a new report, Apple Care representatives are installing pre-release builds of iTunes 11 as we speak, most likely part of an effort to give them a couple hour lead time ahead of the official worldwide release later today. As you know, the Wall Street Journal yesterday reported that iTunes 11, after being delayed for a month due to unspecified “engineering issues” requiring parts to be rebuilt, will be ready for public consumption on Thursday, November 29… Read More


WSJ: iTunes 11 arriving tomorrow

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2012

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is ready to finally push iTunes 11 right out of the gate Thursday, November 29. Apple delayed the software for a month because the redesigned media player was “taking longer than expected” and the company wanted to “take a little extra time to get it right”. The Journal reports that the new iTunes has been delayed due to unspecified “engineering issues” that apparently required parts to be rebuilt… Read More


Ars Technica takes a look at the history of iTunes

By Cody Lee on Nov 27, 2012

The first version of iTunes was released nearly 12 years ago in January of 2001. There was no iPod yet, or content store, it was merely pitched as awesome jukebox software with the tagline “Rip.Mix.Burn.”

Since then, iTunes has undergone a number of transformations. And with version 11 of the software due out any day now, Ars Technica’s Jacqui Cheng wanted to take a look at its many faces over the years… Read More


Apple to artists: iTunes 11 ‘is about to be released within the next days’

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2012

Last we heard, Apple delayed iTunes 11 until end of November because the team needs more time “to get it right”. With nine days until the deadline, Apple has now emailed record labels and artists, asking them to upload pictures and galleries of their artists to iTunes for use in the new Music Store layout that will debut with iTunes 11. The company specifically warned content owners that iTunes 11 “is about to be released within the next days”, indicating it’s about to hit the deadline… Read More


iPad mini box says the tablet requires iTunes 11

By Cody Lee on Oct 31, 2012

As we told you this morning, some customers started receiving their iPad minis today, despite the fact that the tablet doesn’t officially launch until Friday. This gave us early unboxing photos and new details about the product.

One of those details is that on the back of the iPad mini’s retail box, it says that the tablet requires iTunes 11 for sync. But, as we all know, Apple has pushed its iTunes 11 release back to November. So what’s the deal?

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Apple delays iTunes 11 for a month to ‘get it right’

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2012

That’s right, no new iTunes on Halloween for you! As you know, Apple promised to release iTunes 11, a major overhaul, by the end of October. Now it seems yesterday’s management re-shuffling has affected the release schedule a bit as the company said today that iTunes is “is taking longer than expected”.

The new release date is now being pegged at the end of November, a month from now, as Apple needs some more time to get the new iTunes right. That’s a repeat of last fall, when Apple similarly postponed the launch of iTunes Match.

And perhaps inadvertently, Apple may have silenced the critics, just like that: instead of shipping prematurely, which reportedly was one of Scott Forstall’s deadly sins (Maps, Siri), Apple is now taking its time to have such a critical piece of software in the perfectly solid shape before getting it out of the door… Read More


Expect sleeker, faster iTunes 11 today as well

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 12, 2012

iTunes, Apple’s more than a decade old jukebox and digital content management software, could be updated today alongside the iPhone, iPod and possibly iMac and the AirPort wireless base station lineup.

This comes by way of search engine queries that also revealed the iPhone 5 name earlier today alongside LTE, new iPod touches and revamped nanos.

This information aligns nicely with a Bloomberg report earlier in the summer which claimed iTunes would receive a substantial makeover by year’s end… Read More

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