iTunes 12: How to Display the Sidebar

It’s that time again: a new version of iTunes is available. And this time, the sidebar, as we knew it before, is gone for good. However, you can still display a sidebar with your playlists, and this duplicates much of the previous sidebar functionality.

To do this in any library – choose a media library by clicking the icons at the top-left of the window – just click Playlists in the navigation bar.


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You can also use the Column Browser, if you are in Songs view (choose Songs from the menu at the top-right of the window), to approximate an older iTunes layout:


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94 thoughts on “iTunes 12: How to Display the Sidebar

  1. it’s not gone for good. WHAT can you use to ask your itunes to transfer purchase from your device without having the sidebar? it is there for a reason and they can’t just take it away without putting back the function somewhere else.

  2. it’s not gone for good. WHAT can you use to ask your itunes to transfer purchase from your device without having the sidebar? it is there for a reason and they can’t just take it away without putting back the function somewhere else.

  3. Was struggling to get the sidebar back too. However, I wondered what would happen when I tried to drag some music from my music library towards the phone icon at the top left of the screen. As soon as I started to drag, the side bar for the phone appeared. It’s different to the old way – but now that I know what is going to happen, it’s not a huge problem. Just wish Apple would stop trying to determine exactly how people should think instead of letting us (the paying customers) use our gear the way we would like.

  4. Was struggling to get the sidebar back too. However, I wondered what would happen when I tried to drag some music from my music library towards the phone icon at the top left of the screen. As soon as I started to drag, the side bar for the phone appeared. It’s different to the old way – but now that I know what is going to happen, it’s not a huge problem. Just wish Apple would stop trying to determine exactly how people should think instead of letting us (the paying customers) use our gear the way we would like.

  5. Over recent years I have become more and more convinced that the major players in the computer industry have allowed themselves to become the tool that satisfies the over exaggerated egos of their own program writers. They are no longer interested in the needs of the consumer but more concerned with their own ability to write a more complicated and intricate program than that of their rivals at other companies regardless of the practical useability of their product. The average Jo is not a computer wizkid, but just someone who has become reliant on the primary players to provide them with a simple but functional product that allows them to access their entertainment files with as little frustration as possible, this sadly is no longer the case and nobody in a position of responsibility gives a toss so unless you want to lose the whole of your user base totally, WAKE UP and start listening to the average user and not the self indulgent, egotistical techies.

  6. Over recent years I have become more and more convinced that the major players in the computer industry have allowed themselves to become the tool that satisfies the over exaggerated egos of their own program writers. They are no longer interested in the needs of the consumer but more concerned with their own ability to write a more complicated and intricate program than that of their rivals at other companies regardless of the practical useability of their product. The average Jo is not a computer wizkid, but just someone who has become reliant on the primary players to provide them with a simple but functional product that allows them to access their entertainment files with as little frustration as possible, this sadly is no longer the case and nobody in a position of responsibility gives a toss so unless you want to lose the whole of your user base totally, WAKE UP and start listening to the average user and not the self indulgent, egotistical techies.

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