iTunes v12 Now in Beta

I have this love-hate thing with iTunes that’s been tipping over to the “hate” side since about version 7.  It’s bloated. It doesn’t handle FLAC and other high-resolution files. And it goes a little nuts when faced with big music libraries. It needs a complete re-writing–or better yet, a complete deconstruction.

I (and a lot of other users) have been hoping that Apple will give us a no-frills music management system.  But after looking at the beta for v12, we’re out of luck.

iTunes v12

The good news, though, is that it may be a little more user-friendly with navigation options slimmed down.  Plus up to six members in a family will be able to share an iTunes account.

If you’re running a developer build of Yosemite, you can download v12 now.  Everyone else will have to wait until the upgrade goes public in the fall.

(Via Apple Insider)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “iTunes v12 Now in Beta

  • July 22, 2014 at 10:35 am
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    Might I suggest a Nokia Lumia 1020 with Xbox music, syncs with phone, Xbox, PC… Hi RES mp3’s (320) for phone, wav files for PC , and stream anything from anywhere all for $99.00/year or $9.99/month. Simply awesome! I could go on, but I shan’t.

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  • July 22, 2014 at 10:40 am
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    Can’t recommend Foobar2000 enough for PC users with massive libraries. It’s more user-friendly nowadays for non-geeks, but it’s insanely powerful if you’re savvy. It’s capable of doing practically anything you could imagine wanting a music-player to do, but in a 3.6 MB download. Components can be downloaded for additional functionality if something is missing in the box.

    Handles 100 000+ tracks with no latency.

    http://www.foobar2000.org/

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