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iTunes 12.7

March 29 2018 - 4:54 pm

iTunes 12.7.4 Released

Apple has released iTunes 12.7.4 (build 12.7.4.76) today. It adds support for “a new music video experience” in Apple Music. I’m not sure why the app needed updating in that regard since most of that stuff is server-side. A chance for some additional mainenance perhaps. You can update through the App Store app, as usual.

January 23 2018 - 5:23 pm

iTunes 12.7.3 Available

Apple has released iTunes 12.7.3 with support for HomePod and improved AirPlay interface. (Update: I’m not sure I am able to detect the “improved AirPlay menu”.) More as it develops.

December 7 2017 - 2:44 pm

CD Support in iTunes 12.7.2

iTunes 12.7.2 will detect if an optical drive is available on the system and if one isn’t, you won’t see the CD Actions settings in iTunes > Preferences… > General. Kirk has posted more details at his blog.

December 6 2017 - 7:46 pm

iTunes 12.7.2 Available

Apple has released iTunes 12.7.2 (build 12.7.2.58). I’m not aware of specific fixes or features. They’ve also posted macOS 10.13.2, which seems to resolve the problem with displaying album artwork as the file icon for audio files.

November 20 2017 - 4:24 pm

Album Artwork in the Finder

I have seen some observations on the interwebs that some AAC and MP3 files are not displaying their artwork metadata as the file’s icon under High Sierra 10.13.1. That is: the file for a track with assigned artwork in iTunes displays in the Finder with a generic audio icon rather than the album artwork. If I recall correctly, there have been periods over the years where this has both worked and not worked as expected.

I’ve paid little attention to this issue because I don’t care about artwork for my audio files. Assigned artwork for tracks in iTunes is one thing, but how the files appear in the Finder is of little interest to me. But obviously this is something that many users have come to expect if not rely on.

My understanding is that Apple is aware of this issue. In fact, I’m running the latest High Sierra 10.13.2 beta and don’t detect a problem. So don’t sweat it.

UPDATE, December 6, 2017: This issue appears resolved after installing macOS 10.13.2.

November 1 2017 - 7:11 am

iTunes 12.7.1 Available

Apple has released iTunes version 12.7.1 (build 12.7.1.14) and it should be available from the App Store. Apple hasn’t mentioned any specific enhancements, features or fixes.

October 28 2017 - 7:43 am

Bug or Feature: Downloaded Playlist Not AppleScriptable

iTunes 12.7 introduced the “Downloaded” playlist that can be made accessible in the Library section of the Sidebar. Ostensibly, this playlist contains all the tracks you have downloaded in one way or another from the Apple Store, iCloud Music Library and Apple Music.

Unfortunately, the Downloaded playlist is inaccessible to AppleScript. The following script should 1) get a reference to the selected playlist and 2) get a reference to the selected tracks, but it does neither:

Thus, any script that needs this information to work with the Downloaded playlist will fail.

October 9 2017 - 7:47 am

Update to an iTunes that Syncs Apps and Ringtones

Apple has somewhat relented to criticism about removing Apps and Ringtones syncing in iTunes 12.7 and has made iTunes 12.6.3 available with these abilities. iTunes 12.6.3 will install over iTunes 12.7, unlike the non-trivial process previously required to downgrade back to 12.6.2.

I suppose that for people who felt ambushed by installing iTunes 12.7 and weren’t able to get their Apps and Ringtones in order, this will enable some extra time to do so. But I wouldn’t want to stick around on this version. Apple has warned that 12.6.3 won’t provide notifications for future updates and it presumably does not have 12.7’s new features and fixes. So once you’ve made any adjustments (say, getting your Fabulous Ringtones Collection uploaded in toto to your devices, extricated older iOS apps and so on) you may want to upgrade back to 12.7.

September 27 2017 - 4:06 pm

Plays and Last Played Sync Sometimes

Probably shouldn’t have to keep checking what syncs and doesn’t with iCloud Music Library.

Looks like Plays and Last Played Dates are still an issue. If I play a track on my iMac, the Plays and Last Played date update as expected. The same track on my MacBook Pro does not increment. If I play a track on my iPhone, the tracks on the iMac and the MBP increment Plays and Last Played correctly. Played from an iPad mini, nothing updates.

Playing tracks through Home Sharing works as expected.

This mishigas seems to be what is happening for others.

September 19 2017 - 11:18 am

NEW: Apps By Apple ID

Now that iTunes 12.7 no longer manages iOS apps, you’re left with a “Mobile Applications” folder containing the apps iTunes has been backing up for all these years. For most users this folder can be Trashed after updating to iTunes 12.7. But if your Mobile Appplications folder contains apps purchased with multiple Apple IDs, you may want to re-install the appropriate apps on the appropriate devices.

But which apps belong to which user?

Apps By Apple ID will list the apps in the “Mobile Applications” folder by app name, file name, purchaser’s Apple ID, size, version and last date modified.

Additionally, a tab-delimited text file of this information can be exported or the apps copied and sorted into “Purchased by…” folders (iTunes 12.7 and later only, see the Read Me for other important information).

Apps By Apple ID is free to use—you’ll probably only use it once—and more information and link to the download is on this page.

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