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iTunes Update 12.1

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Apple has updated iTunes to version 12.1.

You can download the app via the App Store or directly here.

The update introduces a new iTunes widget for Notification Center in OS X Yosemite. The update is supposed to allow you to see what is playing, skip ahead, and buy songs while listening to iTunes Radio directly from Notification Center when the notification appears.

Notification Center iTunes

To modify settings, go to System Preferences > Notifications or click on the gear icon at the bottom of Notifications next to the Spotlight icon and adjust the settings to your liking.

The update also improves performance when syncing with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

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How to Find Top Apps (and more) on iTunes Store

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Did you ever want to know what the tops apps are so you can see if there is something that may be of interest to you that everyone else seems to have?

You can browse the top 100 paid and free apps from Apple’s iTunes Charts page.

iTunes Charts top 100


This same page allows you to look for the top books, songs, TV Shows, Movies and Music Videos.

So if you find yourself wondering what everyone else is getting on their iOS device, check out the Apple iTunes Charts page.

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iTunes Updated to 11.3

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Apple has updated iTunes to version 11.3. The update includes the following new features:

  • iTunes 11.3 includes all-new iTunes Extras for HD movies. iTunes Extras can include behind-the-scenes videos, short films, high-resolution image galleries, director’s commentary, scenes, and more. These immersive iTunes Extras can also be enjoyed on Apple TV with Software Update 6.2 now, and will be available on iOS 8 this fall. New iTunes Extras will be automatically added to your previously purchased HD movies as they become available at no additional charge.

To download the new update, go to Apple’s iTunes page or run software update on your Mac   > Software Update.


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iTunes Updated to 11.2.1

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Apple has updated iTunes to version 11.2.1. You can download the latest version of iTunes from here or use Software Update.

Apple released version 11.2 that contained a bug causing some users home folders to be hidden at startup and permissions set improperly for a shared folder.

The update includes improvements to podcast browsing and resolves an issue where iTunes may become unresponsive when updating Genius.

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Breakout Books Offered by Apple

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Apple has begun a new section of its US iTunes bookstore called Breakout Books.

Apple invites readers to “Find the next reading sensation with this hand-picked collection of books from emerging talents. All are independently published and have earned high ratings from customers like you. Check back regularly – new titles are added as they begin taking off.”

The book categories range from Romance to Sci-Fi Fantasy to Mysteries and Thrillers.

Check out the selection of books with various price points varying from Free to about $9.99.

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iTunes Update

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Apple has again updated iTunes.

The 11.0.1 download is available via the software update or here.

The improvements or fixes include:

  • Addresses an issue where new purchases in iCloud may not appear in your library if iTunes Match is turned on.
  • Makes iTunes more responsive when searching a large library.
  • Fixes a problem where the AirPlay button may not appear as expected.
  • Adds the ability to display duplicate items within your library.
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How to Use iTunes 11 to Arrange Apps

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With the introduction of iTunes 11, the way to accomplish some tasks, like arranging apps on your iOS device, has changed although the function remains. To access the various services, including rearranging your apps via iTunes, read on.

1. Open iTunes on your computer.

2. Connect your iOS device to your computer via wi-fi or USB cable. To connect via Wi-Fi, you first have to connect your device to iTunes on your computer via the USB cable. Then, you can turn on the feature Sync with this device over Wi-Fi (shown below in Step 5).

3. Once iTunes is on, look for your iOS device(s) in iTunes below “Search Library”. If  you have more than 1 iOS device connected, you may see the number of devices connected listed. Click this tab.

iTunes iOS Device Selection

4. Choose the device you wish to access by clicking on the devices tab and then selecting your device. If you have only one device, you will see it instead of x devices.

Access Device Tab

5. Choose the tabs (Summary, Info, Apps, Tones, Music, TV Shows, Podcasts) along the top of iTunes to make changes to your device. To sync via Wi-Fi, check the tab as shown below. You must then click apply (bottom right) to make changes.iTunes Sync Tabs

6. To arrange apps on your iPad via iTunes, select the Apps tab and move the apps around to the screen location you want. This was explained on an older post.

iTunes Arrange Apps

In sum, although the way in which you initially access the tabs to make changes to your iOS device via iTunes has changed, the method of implementing the changes once you access the tabs has not.