What’s New in iTunes 12.7

Apple released iTunes 12.7 yesterday. There are some major changes, and some minor tweaks. Here’s what you need to know:

No more App Store: As I wrote in this article, Apple has (surprisingly) removed the App Store from iTunes. This means that you can no longer browse, buy, or download apps on your Mac or PC, and you can no longer get updates that way. This is a problem for people with multiple iOS devices and limited bandwidth, since you will need to download apps and updates to each device.

No more app syncing: A corollary of the above point is that, since there is no more App Store, there is also no more Apps library, and you can no longer sync apps to an iOS device. You can, however, manually add apps that are already on your computer to your iOS device. See this article.

No more Tones: The Tones library, which housed ringtones and alert tones, has also been removed. You can sync existing tones – or ones you make yourself – using the above method. You can still purchase tones from Apple. To do this, on an iOS device, go to System Preferences > Sounds > Ringtones > Store, or to any of the alert tone options in the Sounds preferences, which also have a link to the Tone Store.

No more iTunes U: Apple has removed iTunes U and placed all that content in the Podcasts library. If you have any iTunes U content, or if you’re searching for any, you need to go to the Podcasts section of the iTunes Store.

SidebarNew sidebar libraries: The iTunes sidebar has been changed a bit. Internet Radio has been moved from the Media Picker – the menu above the sidebar – to the sidebar itself. You can display this item by hovering your cursor over the section of the sidebar that says Library, then clicking Edit. As you can see here, there are other options that you can show or hide. Downloaded is new; this should show music that you have downloaded from Apple Music, but it only shows a couple of my downloads. And the TV & Movies entry is for videos you add to your library from Apple Music’s Browse > TV & Movies section.

Listening History: A new feature to be rolled out in Apple Music is the ability to share what you’ve listened to to friends and followers. If you check Use Listening History, in the General preferences, you are authorizing iTunes to share this information. I’ll write an article about this new sharing next week, when iOS 11 launches. If you’re managing iTunes for a child, and you want to prevent this sharing, you can block in in the Restrictions pane of iTunes’ Preferences. There are also checkboxes under playlist titles that allow playlists you’ve created to be shared.

Listening history

There are a number of changes in the way certain items display: the download buttons on album artwork are no longer on the artwork, but below; there is no longer an Edit Playlist button, you just drag and drop and move and delete; and the process to create a playlist description is different.

Aside from a few minor changes to menu items and menus, that’s all I’ve found for now. If you spot anything, drop a note in the comments below and I’ll add it to the list.

108 thoughts on “What’s New in iTunes 12.7

  1. Artwork displays horribly on fullscreen, all cut or with a black bar at the right, cpu usage is incredibly high, now you have to login or be reminded (harassed) every 20 minutes, changes made to an album are not shown immediately like in any older version, instead you have to change the playlist and reload the one with the changes so you can see them, takes like 40 seconds more to load all the albums art, God, Apple knows how to make a useful little software into a big useless turd with each update, i bought a goddamned mac because of the software and the os, but now they are obsessed with destroying what they built in every sense, from the low quality of the materials used since Jobs died and this constant fucking up things that are not broken. I hate them now with a passion!

  2. Artwork displays horribly on fullscreen, all cut or with a black bar at the right, cpu usage is incredibly high, now you have to login or be reminded (harassed) every 20 minutes, changes made to an album are not shown immediately like in any older version, instead you have to change the playlist and reload the one with the changes so you can see them, takes like 40 seconds more to load all the albums art, God, Apple knows how to make a useful little software into a big useless turd with each update, i bought a goddamned mac because of the software and the os, but now they are obsessed with destroying what they built in every sense, from the low quality of the materials used since Jobs died and this constant fucking up things that are not broken. I hate them now with a passion!

  3. Less then thrilled that the column browser is no longer usable with the IPOD classic or the Nano. There are probably still alot of people like me who use both those devices.

    • I use it and the present situation is absolutely infuriating – surely even rudimentary testing should have spotted this?

  4. Less then thrilled that the column browser is no longer usable with the IPOD classic or the Nano. There are probably still alot of people like me who use both those devices.

    • I use it and the present situation is absolutely infuriating – surely even rudimentary testing should have spotted this?

  5. UPdated to 12.7 iTunes on Windows 7 the other day. Album artwork does not show up on any of my music views. It does show up in the mini-player and for the “now playing” song. It does not show up in the “up next list” or “history” list. It does not show up in the mini-player “up next” list.

  6. UPdated to 12.7 iTunes on Windows 7 the other day. Album artwork does not show up on any of my music views. It does show up in the mini-player and for the “now playing” song. It does not show up in the “up next list” or “history” list. It does not show up in the mini-player “up next” list.

  7. I have messing around with iTunes, since the update in September, because it throws an error every time I launch it and am connected to the internet.

    If I select “Debug”, it gives me a box with title of Visual Studio Just-In-Time Debugger and an error message that reads: “An unhandled win32 exception occurred in iTunes.exe [9204].

    Below that, it lists “New Instance of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010” in Possible Debuggers. If I select “Set the currently selected debugger as the dafault” and then select “Yes”, it brings up a Visual Studio 2010 Shell “Invalid license data. Reinstall is required” error. If I select Close, then I can select another debugger but that doesn’t work.

    Is this related to the visualization software requiring an update? Can I update the Visual Studio 2010 Shell? Or should I uninstall that and reinstall something else? How do I do that within iTunes?

    Thank you for any help you can give me on this.

  8. I have messing around with iTunes, since the update in September, because it throws an error every time I launch it and am connected to the internet.

    If I select “Debug”, it gives me a box with title of Visual Studio Just-In-Time Debugger and an error message that reads: “An unhandled win32 exception occurred in iTunes.exe [9204].

    Below that, it lists “New Instance of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010” in Possible Debuggers. If I select “Set the currently selected debugger as the dafault” and then select “Yes”, it brings up a Visual Studio 2010 Shell “Invalid license data. Reinstall is required” error. If I select Close, then I can select another debugger but that doesn’t work.

    Is this related to the visualization software requiring an update? Can I update the Visual Studio 2010 Shell? Or should I uninstall that and reinstall something else? How do I do that within iTunes?

    Thank you for any help you can give me on this.

  9. Fricking Apple!

    Tim Cook can prance around over emoji, but can’t protect my playlists. I suspect Apple is doing this intentionally. Do you think the transition to becoming the Evil Empire began before or after Jobs’ discovered he needed to shower?

  10. Fricking Apple!

    Tim Cook can prance around over emoji, but can’t protect my playlists. I suspect Apple is doing this intentionally. Do you think the transition to becoming the Evil Empire began before or after Jobs’ discovered he needed to shower?

  11. Thanks for the overview. I noticed a change that has to do with scripts. Any script applet has to be code-signed in order for it to appear in the scripts menu tab.

  12. Thanks for the overview. I noticed a change that has to do with scripts. Any script applet has to be code-signed in order for it to appear in the scripts menu tab.

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