iTunes 12 Update Fixes Layout of Info Window

Apple has released an update to iTunes 12, providing support for the new Photos app, but also fixing the Info window. In the first article of my iTunes gripe series, How I Would Fix iTunes, Part 1: The Info Window, I explained how this window was poorly designed. The tags were not grouped logically. Apple has fixed this, essentially returning it to the layout of previous versions of iTunes.

Here’s a window from iTunes 12.1:

Info window old

As I said in my article:

For most users, the tags you want to edit are the Name (song or track name), Artist, Album, Genre, and perhaps a couple of others. In the previous iTunes Info window, these tags were all grouped in the same area at the top of the window.

I also said:

Why would Apple decide to put the Album tag near the bottom of the window? This is one of the most important tags for music. And why would they promote the Composer, and even the BPM tags? This design was clearly made by people who don’t tag music in iTunes.

Apple has fixed this, as well as some of the other tags. Here’s the window now:

Info window new

Again, this is very close to the layout used in iTunes 11 and earlier. The only thing I’d change is to move the Comments field up a bit, and leave the Play Count at the bottom, since it’s not editable. But at least Apple realized they had made a mistake, and fixed this.

To better compare them, here they are side by side. The old window is on the left, the new one on the right (or top and bottom, if you’re looking at them on a phone).


Info window old   Info window new

So that’s one iTunes problem fixed, a dozen or more to go…

26 thoughts on “iTunes 12 Update Fixes Layout of Info Window

  1. Well that’s good to hear BUT does the update unfix something else that it’s not suppose to!? I’m SO leery of their updates lately!

  2. Well that’s good to hear BUT does the update unfix something else that it’s not suppose to!? I’m SO leery of their updates lately!

  3. And the fields now act as normal fields in terms of how they accept clicks. That should end some of my frustration in the Get Info windows also.

    • Thank God! And the comments field accepts to add a CR and start a new line. And Cmd+P and Cmd+N work to move to the Previous and Next tracks. Unfortunately you still can’t select a field from the keyboard via the Cmd key plus a letter of that field’s name. But I guess I should just be happy to get 95% of the functionality back.

  4. And the fields now act as normal fields in terms of how they accept clicks. That should end some of my frustration in the Get Info windows also.

    • Thank God! And the comments field accepts to add a CR and start a new line. And Cmd+P and Cmd+N work to move to the Previous and Next tracks. Unfortunately you still can’t select a field from the keyboard via the Cmd key plus a letter of that field’s name. But I guess I should just be happy to get 95% of the functionality back.

    • I’d like to see them adopt the “tags” concept that they’ve brought to the Finder (and really throughout OS X 10.10). I think Kirk has talked about it here before. Because not only multiple genres, I’d like Artist to be like a tag, allowing multiple artists (and perhaps Artist groupings, say like “Beatles:John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison”). Heck, I’d even go as far to say I’d like to see multiple ALBUM tags…since I have a significant enough number of songs that appear on Greatest Hits and collections. Why am I wasting SSD space for that stuff, the same song two, three, four times??

      • Oh, amen to being able to have a single track have multiple albums. It might be a bit clunky to have multiple track (or even disc) numbers, but it shouldn’t be completely impossible. But even without that feature, tags instead of (or in addition to) genres would be lovely. Being able to tag all of Weird Al’s stuff as “comedy” (and his parodies as “parody”) while having the genre still be pop would be brilliant and would make creating playlists a lot easier. The grouping tag sort of fills this role right now, but it’s kludgey.

    • I’d like to see them adopt the “tags” concept that they’ve brought to the Finder (and really throughout OS X 10.10). I think Kirk has talked about it here before. Because not only multiple genres, I’d like Artist to be like a tag, allowing multiple artists (and perhaps Artist groupings, say like “Beatles:John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison”). Heck, I’d even go as far to say I’d like to see multiple ALBUM tags…since I have a significant enough number of songs that appear on Greatest Hits and collections. Why am I wasting SSD space for that stuff, the same song two, three, four times??

      • Oh, amen to being able to have a single track have multiple albums. It might be a bit clunky to have multiple track (or even disc) numbers, but it shouldn’t be completely impossible. But even without that feature, tags instead of (or in addition to) genres would be lovely. Being able to tag all of Weird Al’s stuff as “comedy” (and his parodies as “parody”) while having the genre still be pop would be brilliant and would make creating playlists a lot easier. The grouping tag sort of fills this role right now, but it’s kludgey.

  5. I’ve discovered a new problem. One of the two delete keys doesn’t work. The large one works but the smaller one doesn’t. I use the smaller one a great deal while retagging my music. Very frustrating.

  6. I’ve discovered a new problem. One of the two delete keys doesn’t work. The large one works but the smaller one doesn’t. I use the smaller one a great deal while retagging my music. Very frustrating.

  7. Hmm! In your example it still shows Bach as the artist as well as the composer. I guess that’s because one often searches for classical music by composer, and searches on composer do not work so well. In my case I always put the composer AND the artist(s) in the ‘artist’ field, when tagging classical. Isn’t that just a kluge that persists? In fact, why not have tag fields for conductor, orchestra or ensemble, soloists, … as required?

    • I do that because it’s easier to search for composers on an iOS device by artist. You don’t need to do that; it’s just what I’ve always done, in part because, back in the day, Composer wasn’t on iPods.

  8. Hmm! In your example it still shows Bach as the artist as well as the composer. I guess that’s because one often searches for classical music by composer, and searches on composer do not work so well. In my case I always put the composer AND the artist(s) in the ‘artist’ field, when tagging classical. Isn’t that just a kluge that persists? In fact, why not have tag fields for conductor, orchestra or ensemble, soloists, … as required?

    • I do that because it’s easier to search for composers on an iOS device by artist. You don’t need to do that; it’s just what I’ve always done, in part because, back in the day, Composer wasn’t on iPods.

  9. Do you think these changes make the new Info window a suitable replacement for the old Info window? I noticed that the old one is no longer accessible via option-right-click -> Get Info.

    • I prefer the older window, which, as you say, is no longer available. But these changes at least make more sense than what was originally in iTunes 12.

  10. Do you think these changes make the new Info window a suitable replacement for the old Info window? I noticed that the old one is no longer accessible via option-right-click -> Get Info.

    • I prefer the older window, which, as you say, is no longer available. But these changes at least make more sense than what was originally in iTunes 12.

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