How to: View Your Music Videos in iTunes 12

If you’ve had time to check out iTunes 12, you may have noticed something missing. In iTunes 11, when you selected your Music library, the navigation bar at the top of the window included a button to access your music videos. In iTunes 12, there is no such button:


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It’s odd, but, while there is a way to view your music videos, it’s well hidden. To see them, select the Music library, as I’ve done above, then click Playlists, to show the iTunes Playlists sidebar. Only then can you see your Music Videos library:


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I wonder if this is a bug, or if someone simply forgot to add a button for the Music Videos library in the navigation bar…

22 thoughts on “How to: View Your Music Videos in iTunes 12

  1. I already hated iTunes 12 because of the loss of the sidebar, and it still was crashing on exit. I’ve now rebooted several times (Win 7) and now iTunes 12 hangs every single time as soon as I fire it up and it goes to access the Store (why does it even need to do that???). Right now, my iTunes is completely busted! I am beyond disgusted. Since 10, iTunes has just gone straight into the crapper.

  2. I already hated iTunes 12 because of the loss of the sidebar, and it still was crashing on exit. I’ve now rebooted several times (Win 7) and now iTunes 12 hangs every single time as soon as I fire it up and it goes to access the Store (why does it even need to do that???). Right now, my iTunes is completely busted! I am beyond disgusted. Since 10, iTunes has just gone straight into the crapper.

  3. In my library, all but two of my music videos are ripped from bonus DVDs that came with albums. Since I tagged them with disc numbers (usually disc 2) when I imported them, they simply display like any other album’s second disc in the music views. Even the two releases that are standalone display as albums. The only indication in the view is the music video icon next to the track running time.

    The separate video view disappeared partway through the Yosemite beta process. I was surprised, but it’s not too hard for me to remember which albums have video tracks, as there are only 15 albums in my library.

  4. In my library, all but two of my music videos are ripped from bonus DVDs that came with albums. Since I tagged them with disc numbers (usually disc 2) when I imported them, they simply display like any other album’s second disc in the music views. Even the two releases that are standalone display as albums. The only indication in the view is the music video icon next to the track running time.

    The separate video view disappeared partway through the Yosemite beta process. I was surprised, but it’s not too hard for me to remember which albums have video tracks, as there are only 15 albums in my library.

  5. I sent feedback about this during the Yosemite Public Betas; I wasn’t surprised that they didn’t add a Music Video option.

  6. I sent feedback about this during the Yosemite Public Betas; I wasn’t surprised that they didn’t add a Music Video option.

  7. I thought I’d lost a ton of videos when I upgraded, but it turned out that the upgrade to iTunes 12 put them in this hidden “Music Videos” tab.

    There’s an easy way to fix this if you want everything on the one “Movie” tab:

    (1) Go to “Music Videos” (2) select all videos (3) right click and select get info (4) Go to the Options tab (5) For ‘media kind,’ change “Music Video” to “Movie” (6) Click ok, and be ready to wait several minutes and be locked out of iTunes, depending on the number of videos.
    (optional 7) Do the reverse for actual music videos you want out of your “Movie” tab, skipping step 2, of course. (In addition to the problem above, several music videos were not moved to the “Music Videos” tab, so I didn’t have cause to go looking for them being elsewhere.)

    I can see Apple’s thinking in wanting to separate out music videos – but the faulty importation, then not giving you any guide/clue that you have to follow this string of steps to get iTunes back to the way it was – was not the way to go about it.

    • Music videos have always been part of the Music library, with the thinking (I assume) that you might want to add them to playlists with music. If you don’t, then setting them as Movies makes sense. But they shouldn’t be hidden the way they are.

  8. I thought I’d lost a ton of videos when I upgraded, but it turned out that the upgrade to iTunes 12 put them in this hidden “Music Videos” tab.

    There’s an easy way to fix this if you want everything on the one “Movie” tab:

    (1) Go to “Music Videos” (2) select all videos (3) right click and select get info (4) Go to the Options tab (5) For ‘media kind,’ change “Music Video” to “Movie” (6) Click ok, and be ready to wait several minutes and be locked out of iTunes, depending on the number of videos.
    (optional 7) Do the reverse for actual music videos you want out of your “Movie” tab, skipping step 2, of course. (In addition to the problem above, several music videos were not moved to the “Music Videos” tab, so I didn’t have cause to go looking for them being elsewhere.)

    I can see Apple’s thinking in wanting to separate out music videos – but the faulty importation, then not giving you any guide/clue that you have to follow this string of steps to get iTunes back to the way it was – was not the way to go about it.

    • Music videos have always been part of the Music library, with the thinking (I assume) that you might want to add them to playlists with music. If you don’t, then setting them as Movies makes sense. But they shouldn’t be hidden the way they are.

  9. I also did this with “Home Videos” so maybe it was just those that were hidden. In any event, glad there’s a simple fix to get everything back to one place.

  10. I also did this with “Home Videos” so maybe it was just those that were hidden. In any event, glad there’s a simple fix to get everything back to one place.

  11. It’s not a bug. It’s not an oversight. It’s simply one more part of Apple’s new “Gotcha!” game. I’ve been a Mac user (and lover) since ’88 but for the first time (beginning with Mountain Lion) I find myself saying…”I HATE (the new) Apple!” Why are they going out of their way to either remove things that the user found either handy or essential or hide them so that you had to Google to find them? Are they still better than Windows? Yeah…but who knows for how long.

  12. It’s not a bug. It’s not an oversight. It’s simply one more part of Apple’s new “Gotcha!” game. I’ve been a Mac user (and lover) since ’88 but for the first time (beginning with Mountain Lion) I find myself saying…”I HATE (the new) Apple!” Why are they going out of their way to either remove things that the user found either handy or essential or hide them so that you had to Google to find them? Are they still better than Windows? Yeah…but who knows for how long.

  13. Thanks for the explanation for finding my 200+ music videos.
    I’m using Yosemite on on an iMac and El Capitan on my Macbook Air. I had occasion to boot the iMac from an older external drive that was running Mountain Lion, and my heart sank to see how beautiful and luxurious the interface and icons were.
    I agree with the previous poster about the decline in Apple aesthetics and usability plus, am I the only one who sees the original 1984 Mac commercial and thinks that now WE MAC USERS are the ones marching in step in drab grey on grey clothing (and UI’s now that Yosemite and El Cap have arrived).
    My first Mac was an SE30 in 1985. Truly I’ve “lost that loving feeling” for Apple software designers.

  14. Thanks for the explanation for finding my 200+ music videos.
    I’m using Yosemite on on an iMac and El Capitan on my Macbook Air. I had occasion to boot the iMac from an older external drive that was running Mountain Lion, and my heart sank to see how beautiful and luxurious the interface and icons were.
    I agree with the previous poster about the decline in Apple aesthetics and usability plus, am I the only one who sees the original 1984 Mac commercial and thinks that now WE MAC USERS are the ones marching in step in drab grey on grey clothing (and UI’s now that Yosemite and El Cap have arrived).
    My first Mac was an SE30 in 1985. Truly I’ve “lost that loving feeling” for Apple software designers.

  15. I use VLC too. And I wish I could find a decent replacement for the rest of iTunes. Apple seems to have buried user-friendliness, user customization, and the concept of Adding features instead of removing them along with Steve Jobs. There is simply no comparison between Steve’s management and Cooks. Downhill all the way!

  16. I use VLC too. And I wish I could find a decent replacement for the rest of iTunes. Apple seems to have buried user-friendliness, user customization, and the concept of Adding features instead of removing them along with Steve Jobs. There is simply no comparison between Steve’s management and Cooks. Downhill all the way!

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