Things Broken in iTunes 12.6

Apple released iTunes 12.6 a few days ago, and re-released it yesterday. (Why was it re-released? This might explain part of it.)

As we’ve been seeing in recent times, every new Apple release contains a number of really obvious bugs and interface glitches. Here’s what I’ve found so far.

Up next clearThe Clear button for the Up Next queue is at the bottom of the list, rather than at the top, which is a lot more logical. And sometimes, when I click the Up Next button on the MiniPlayer, it opens scrolled to the bottom, as you can see at the left. This makes the Clear button – well, text link – more visible, but it doesn’t show the next upcoming tracks. There’s no logical reason to put this button at the bottom of the list. It’s bad design, bad usability, and, frankly, it’s just lazy to allow iTunes to ship like this.

History glitches. If I click the Up Next button in the iTunes window, or in the MiniPlayer, then click History, I sometimes see just a few tracks like in the screenshot below, then a bunch of tracks that are dimmed, that I cannot access, and for which I cannot invoke the menu by clicking the … button.

History

The MiniPlayer close button was buggy. Sometimes it would not display, and you had to resize the window to make it visible. This appears to be fixed in the second version of iTunes 12.6.

TV & Movies in the Music library. This is no longer visible by default, as it was in the first release of iTunes 12.6, but it’s still visible behind the Edit menu. I think it’s because of this.

For now, that’s all I’ve found. Feel free to post a comment if you’ve found antything broken in iTunes 12.6.

42 thoughts on “Things Broken in iTunes 12.6

  1. A bug that has existed since version 12 (for me at least): View an album in ‘Albums’ and switch to another view (say: ‘Songs’); when you switch back the tracks in the album disappear. Happens in playlists as well. Tracks re-appear when you click on the album cover (close and re-open).

    • I don’t like that you can’t escape out of the search box with the ‘esc’ key when in full screen mode or you quit full screen. other full screens apps first escape the text field then exit full screen.

      Also if you change view to recently added you can’t press ‘page up’ or ‘home’ to scroll to the top of recently added. You have to click an album first then use keyboard shortcuts.

    • I have this problem too. Another issue is in album view, if I get info and then command-N to the next file, the album art for *EVERY* album visible disappears for a moment and then reappears. The same thing happens when one track ends and the next starts playing.

  2. A bug that has existed since version 12 (for me at least): View an album in ‘Albums’ and switch to another view (say: ‘Songs’); when you switch back the tracks in the album disappear. Happens in playlists as well. Tracks re-appear when you click on the album cover (close and re-open).

    • I don’t like that you can’t escape out of the search box with the ‘esc’ key when in full screen mode or you quit full screen. other full screens apps first escape the text field then exit full screen.

      Also if you change view to recently added you can’t press ‘page up’ or ‘home’ to scroll to the top of recently added. You have to click an album first then use keyboard shortcuts.

    • I have this problem too. Another issue is in album view, if I get info and then command-N to the next file, the album art for *EVERY* album visible disappears for a moment and then reappears. The same thing happens when one track ends and the next starts playing.

  3. Restrictions. I have Restrictions for TV Shows to: Restrict TV show to TV-14. In the past it would allow me to download TV Shows rated 14+. Not now. I have also unchecked the Restrictions for TV Shows to try and download new episodes of this series. No joy. I also had Movies set to restrict to PG 13. When I unchecked Movies PG-13 and still had TV Shows set to TV-14 I was able to download TV-14 shows.

    Go Figure

  4. Restrictions. I have Restrictions for TV Shows to: Restrict TV show to TV-14. In the past it would allow me to download TV Shows rated 14+. Not now. I have also unchecked the Restrictions for TV Shows to try and download new episodes of this series. No joy. I also had Movies set to restrict to PG 13. When I unchecked Movies PG-13 and still had TV Shows set to TV-14 I was able to download TV-14 shows.

    Go Figure

  5. Re: History glitches.
    I can sort of reproduce this. In all cases those are tracks / part of albums that I (recently) imported – those begin playing automatically on import (I never found a setting to prevent that…). I usually stop them ASAP, then when all tracks of an album are imported, edit the whole thing (meta data).

  6. Re: History glitches.
    I can sort of reproduce this. In all cases those are tracks / part of albums that I (recently) imported – those begin playing automatically on import (I never found a setting to prevent that…). I usually stop them ASAP, then when all tracks of an album are imported, edit the whole thing (meta data).

    • I’m not sure it’s a bug. I mention it in my article about playlist windows. I think they intentionally left them out of that menu for some reason.

    • I’m not sure it’s a bug. I mention it in my article about playlist windows. I think they intentionally left them out of that menu for some reason.

  7. In the first version of iTunes 12.6, I can no longer batch change metadata for multiple items. This is extremely annoying when I have just more than 3 songs sharing same field value, such as album artist, genre and year.

    I don’t know if this is fixed in the latest update.

  8. In the first version of iTunes 12.6, I can no longer batch change metadata for multiple items. This is extremely annoying when I have just more than 3 songs sharing same field value, such as album artist, genre and year.

    I don’t know if this is fixed in the latest update.

  9. That “Clear” button at the end of the Up Next queue is the most annoying new feature. Not that i use it all the often, but now i will use it probably even less.

    But other than that, i didn’t run into any bugs at all. Except of course, that something went wrong with the update-process and iTunes would crash upon every startup. Only a complete uninstall and reinstall fixed this. (That was on Windows, btw.)

  10. That “Clear” button at the end of the Up Next queue is the most annoying new feature. Not that i use it all the often, but now i will use it probably even less.

    But other than that, i didn’t run into any bugs at all. Except of course, that something went wrong with the update-process and iTunes would crash upon every startup. Only a complete uninstall and reinstall fixed this. (That was on Windows, btw.)

  11. When I’m in my Library and enter a filter string, rather than just immediately filter the displayed library, it first asks wouldn’t I rather switch to the Store and filter there? And not just once. It keeps bringing up this annoying disalog.

  12. When I’m in my Library and enter a filter string, rather than just immediately filter the displayed library, it first asks wouldn’t I rather switch to the Store and filter there? And not just once. It keeps bringing up this annoying disalog.

  13. Album title sorting ignores the “Sort as” field.

    For example, in my Classical music playlist, the album title “Bach Edition, vol. 4: Cantatas BWV 80, 82 & 61” should sort as “Bach Edition v4d1”, but iTunes ignores the “Sort as” field to sort by the album title instead.

    The playlist is set to view as Composers, and sort albums by Title/Ascending.

  14. Album title sorting ignores the “Sort as” field.

    For example, in my Classical music playlist, the album title “Bach Edition, vol. 4: Cantatas BWV 80, 82 & 61” should sort as “Bach Edition v4d1”, but iTunes ignores the “Sort as” field to sort by the album title instead.

    The playlist is set to view as Composers, and sort albums by Title/Ascending.

  15. When you “Show MiniPlayer Large Artwork” it displays along with the “track info” area at the bottom. When you mouse over the window the “track info” area turns into a “transport control” area. Ok fine. But when you resize that window to make it smaller the “track info” area disappears. Which is a good thing since that displays the “Artwork only” window like it used to do which is nice. The problem is when you do a mouse over it never displays the “track info” … only the “transport control”. So in a nutshell if you use the “Artwork only” view there is literally no way to see what song is playing. Just …. unbelievable! It would have made more sense for a mouse over of the artwork to display the “track info” and only when you mouse over that area would it change to “transport control”. That way no matter what view you use you could access both the “song info” and the “transport control”. But they didn’t ask me though. SMH

  16. When you “Show MiniPlayer Large Artwork” it displays along with the “track info” area at the bottom. When you mouse over the window the “track info” area turns into a “transport control” area. Ok fine. But when you resize that window to make it smaller the “track info” area disappears. Which is a good thing since that displays the “Artwork only” window like it used to do which is nice. The problem is when you do a mouse over it never displays the “track info” … only the “transport control”. So in a nutshell if you use the “Artwork only” view there is literally no way to see what song is playing. Just …. unbelievable! It would have made more sense for a mouse over of the artwork to display the “track info” and only when you mouse over that area would it change to “transport control”. That way no matter what view you use you could access both the “song info” and the “transport control”. But they didn’t ask me though. SMH

  17. The Mini Player has an issue where if you click the playlist button, it grows the window to show the upcoming tracks, but if you click the playlist button again to close it, it leaves the miniplayer’s window in the wrong spot (I keep it in the lower right corner of the screen and it always winds up about a third of the way up the screen.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/9hghkuxnjkd4b0j/01.png?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/osv91wa6nbchv5u/02.png?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/21jsj7j1iy8zzd6/03.png?dl=0

    It’s a minor annoyance, granted, as I can easily move the window back where it was, but the point is the old MiniPlayer didn’t do that. When I’d close the playlist window, the window went back to its original position. This feels like a fit and finish problem rather than a bug or a glitch. All in all, I’m not so much a fan of the new “improved” MiniPlayer. This is definitely a case of fixing something that wasn’t broken.

  18. The Mini Player has an issue where if you click the playlist button, it grows the window to show the upcoming tracks, but if you click the playlist button again to close it, it leaves the miniplayer’s window in the wrong spot (I keep it in the lower right corner of the screen and it always winds up about a third of the way up the screen.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/9hghkuxnjkd4b0j/01.png?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/osv91wa6nbchv5u/02.png?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/21jsj7j1iy8zzd6/03.png?dl=0

    It’s a minor annoyance, granted, as I can easily move the window back where it was, but the point is the old MiniPlayer didn’t do that. When I’d close the playlist window, the window went back to its original position. This feels like a fit and finish problem rather than a bug or a glitch. All in all, I’m not so much a fan of the new “improved” MiniPlayer. This is definitely a case of fixing something that wasn’t broken.

  19. ** Separate Playlist Window ** (Yeah, finally back! ummm, whatever) Open a playlist in a separate window. If I had a student submit that as their project … seriously, ‘F’ … amateur.

    Let’s see, what do we do with such a playlist once there are tunes in it, oh yeah, maybe we put them in some order, maybe we play a bit of one to see how it flows into the next. Apparently no one signing off on the UI thinks about such things. Never occurred to anyone coding the app to actually think about that.

    Try dragging a track up or down once it’s in that window and watch some ‘appear out of nowhere’ list of playlists pop open covering a huge part of the window on the left, why? This IS the playlist, I don’t need to chose others. Who thought of that?

    Now I can’t see the titles I’m dragging around. The big list of other playlists is blocking my view. Or, try playing a bit of a track – oh yeah, that’s right, you can’t needle drop the track – the play controls and timeline are anchored in the home iTunes window, so you are switching between windows to click around the track.

    It almost seems like it was done intentionally to spite users. Totally useless. The previous feature, editing in the right side playlist pane, within the main app window, is actually, while quite crippled, still more functional. Make me proud Apple – forget ‘Think Different’ … just find someone who can Think.

  20. ** Separate Playlist Window ** (Yeah, finally back! ummm, whatever) Open a playlist in a separate window. If I had a student submit that as their project … seriously, ‘F’ … amateur.

    Let’s see, what do we do with such a playlist once there are tunes in it, oh yeah, maybe we put them in some order, maybe we play a bit of one to see how it flows into the next. Apparently no one signing off on the UI thinks about such things. Never occurred to anyone coding the app to actually think about that.

    Try dragging a track up or down once it’s in that window and watch some ‘appear out of nowhere’ list of playlists pop open covering a huge part of the window on the left, why? This IS the playlist, I don’t need to chose others. Who thought of that?

    Now I can’t see the titles I’m dragging around. The big list of other playlists is blocking my view. Or, try playing a bit of a track – oh yeah, that’s right, you can’t needle drop the track – the play controls and timeline are anchored in the home iTunes window, so you are switching between windows to click around the track.

    It almost seems like it was done intentionally to spite users. Totally useless. The previous feature, editing in the right side playlist pane, within the main app window, is actually, while quite crippled, still more functional. Make me proud Apple – forget ‘Think Different’ … just find someone who can Think.

  21. Whenever I search for songs by a particular artist and add them to ‘Play Next’, it adds all the songs even though half of them are unchecked. This is one of the most annoying tings ever!!!

  22. Whenever I search for songs by a particular artist and add them to ‘Play Next’, it adds all the songs even though half of them are unchecked. This is one of the most annoying tings ever!!!

  23. Why oh why did they make “remove download” the first option now (when right-clicking on an album.) It used to be “play next” which is what I usually want to do. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost removed a download because of that! Just can’t imagine why they think people would want that option first on the list.

  24. Why oh why did they make “remove download” the first option now (when right-clicking on an album.) It used to be “play next” which is what I usually want to do. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost removed a download because of that! Just can’t imagine why they think people would want that option first on the list.

  25. Now I can’t move between films when in lists to see what is next or to copy and then paste same data or to add notes and such.
    I haven’t updated in a year or so and in error allowed for updates.
    What is this, a card game, shuffle the deck to see what to mess with now?
    How I miss the genius of Steve. Though such happened under him, what came was usually better. Not the case now or since his passing.
    There is nothing major to add or fix to iTunes. But I guess Apple figures muck-up shows they are doing something.
    Now all I ever feel about Apple is anger and regret. I would like a new iPad but I just can’t see wasting money for something that only offers ‘new’ with same old problems.

  26. Now I can’t move between films when in lists to see what is next or to copy and then paste same data or to add notes and such.
    I haven’t updated in a year or so and in error allowed for updates.
    What is this, a card game, shuffle the deck to see what to mess with now?
    How I miss the genius of Steve. Though such happened under him, what came was usually better. Not the case now or since his passing.
    There is nothing major to add or fix to iTunes. But I guess Apple figures muck-up shows they are doing something.
    Now all I ever feel about Apple is anger and regret. I would like a new iPad but I just can’t see wasting money for something that only offers ‘new’ with same old problems.

  27. In the Store, once I buy an episode, say, ‘download’ flashes up but then disappears and I can only ‘play’ it. You have to click to account/Family Purchases/select the TV Show you just paid for/click on Episodes then find the episode. Not listed numerically (Ep 1, Ep 2, Ep 3…) bit in sometimes alphabetical order.
    WTF Apple?

  28. In the Store, once I buy an episode, say, ‘download’ flashes up but then disappears and I can only ‘play’ it. You have to click to account/Family Purchases/select the TV Show you just paid for/click on Episodes then find the episode. Not listed numerically (Ep 1, Ep 2, Ep 3…) bit in sometimes alphabetical order.
    WTF Apple?

  29. Still cannot paste any text (whether or not it contains carriage returns) into the Comments field of a song. Why this section would be locked is a mystery for the ages.

    Completely useless.

  30. Still cannot paste any text (whether or not it contains carriage returns) into the Comments field of a song. Why this section would be locked is a mystery for the ages.

    Completely useless.

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