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How to navigate iTunes 12 more efficiently

Christopher Breen | Jan. 15, 2015
As you're likely aware, iTunes 12 brings a lot of changes to Apple's venerable music/everything-else-in-the-world app and, because of these changes, some people find it frustrating. And a subset of those people find it frustrating because they find its unfamiliar interface a little tricky to navigate. My goal in the next few minutes is to show you how to more easily move around the interface. Let's start with ripping CDs.

Now, about the sidebar. If you've been using iTunes for awhile you're used to seeing a sidebar. It's not entirely gone, but it too is now contextual. To view it, you must select one of the Playlists entires. When I do that while viewing Music, the sidebar appears along with my playlists.

Within this view I can then change how my media appears from the menu on the right. If I want to see all the tracks in my music library, for example, I just choose Songs. Likewise, I can switch to my movie library and then view a movie list. Same idea with TV shows. One nice thing about this is that the view is sticky. When I move between media types, the last view is maintained.

Yes, iTunes 12 is a big change and not everyone is going to like those changes. That said, once you know how to navigate through the interface, those changes aren't nearly so hard to swallow.


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