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iTunes 11.0.2 Update Improves Syncing, Adds Composers View

February 20, 2013

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The latest iTunes update is available from Apple less than three months after it launched its revamped music service.

Fans likely won't notice much of a change, as Cupertino's update mainly offers simple bug fixes and performance enhancements. But there is one new feature the company is spotlighting: a Composers view.

Once the update is complete, open the iTunes Preferences window and click the checkbox next to Show Composers under the Views section. The new option allows users to select the names of different composers to see just their songs.

Though the update may sound to most like a miniscule, if not unimportant, improvement, it ultimately serves as a new way to categorize music.

Additionally, the new version improves responsiveness when syncing playlists with a large number of songs, and fixes an issue where purchases may not show up in the iTunes library. Apple also promised other stability and performance improvements.

The changes come after the late November release of the latest version of the music software — iTunes 11. The updated software discarded the old left-hand bar, moved playlists and radio stations to the top menu, and pushed other options (movies, TV shows, podcasts, and access to devices and shared libraries) into a drop-down menu.

Apple updated the desktop version to include an edge-to-edge design as well as the ability to expand album covers within the same window and simultaneously view song lists and playlists. The software also now includes a "mini player."

iTunes 11 was intended to go live by the end of October, but Apple wanted to "take a little extra time to get it right," eventually launching about a month later.



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