Itunes Really Sucks

IdRatherBeSkiing

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Rather than start a new thread -- I notice now when I am working on adding music or adjusting music in MY iTunes library, on the right it shows biographies of the artist and a whole bunch of useless crap like 'similar artists'. How do I disable this complete waste of space? It also cuts off the right side of some long song names to accommodate this shit. I can't seem to find any options to kill it.
 

jef

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I think the only way to make that go away is to change the view from Artists to Albums. It's the space that used to be "Genius" and now seems dedicated to Apple Music. There's a dropdown in the upper right corner (at least on the Mac version - can't speak to the Win version).

The downside being that you:
a) have to open up each album separately to see songs.
b) encounter "place remembering" bugs. I've seen this many times where you have an album open, pop in a new disc to rip, then go back to Albums and find yourself back at the top of your Album list. I *think* the rationale here is that you told it to rip the disc, so it's taking you to "Recently Added", which is at the top, because you added something. They may call it a feature, I call it a bug.



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IdRatherBeSkiing

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I like the Artists view. It remembers the last artist I have clicked on when I rip something new.

I have noticed it is not doing it to all artists. And some apparently I am "following" although I get this for some artists I am not following. As I never followed any artists anywhere, I am unclear how it is making this decision. As a precaution I am unfollowing all I see following but so far no difference.

The strength of the iPhone has always been the music integration for me. This is turning that strength into a weakness.
 

IdRatherBeSkiing

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Another annoyance: when editing playlists or looking at a certain artist, the background will change various colours. I like the old just plain white background. I have no frikin idea what the new background colours mean other than they are but ugly.

ETA: I found the setting to turn this feature off [Edit/Preferences/General/Use Custom Colours]. Found out I can turn off that annoying love button too [Edit/Preferences/General/Ratings=Stars].

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IdRatherBeSkiing

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Just a note, re-reading the original issue I had, this appears to have been fixed by the latest version of iTunes. One step forward, 2 steps back as they say.
 

IdRatherBeSkiing

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Not sure what you mean. My pics are organized by date. I have a some music playlists that I rarely edit. The rest is organized by meta info.

What kind of organization do you do?
I have several playlists. I make tweaks all the time. I am adding pics all the time based upon catagories. When I sync I have to pick and choose as I have more pics & music that will fit on my phone and iPad.

Do you have your pics on your PC as well? Or just on your iPad?
 

memebag

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I have several playlists. I make tweaks all the time. I am adding pics all the time based upon catagories. When I sync I have to pick and choose as I have more pics & music that will fit on my phone and iPad.

Do you have your pics on your PC as well? Or just on your iPad?
I don't sync unless I have to, like when I get a new device.

Most of my pics are in Google's cloud.
 

IdRatherBeSkiing

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I knew I had this thread somewhere. Re-reading, I have had a lot of issues with iTunes. But it also looked like I have forgotten to post updates. Most of these issues have been corrected.

So now for a new one, which I have also corrected. It started with the SXM Classic Rewind Top 500 on labour day weekend. I got a copy of the list and decided to make a playlist of it with the songs I had. I filled the rest with a little filler mp3 I have called Silence. I synced it to my phone and 500 songs turned into 457. Then I noticed songs were missing in a lot of playlists which I hadn't noticed. I decided to apply the same fix for a simular issue I had earlier in this thread. In that case the song looked to be there but was skipped. The issue then was that iTunes could not handle 2 songs with the same name and artist from different albums (duplicates). In that case marking the live one with a (L) fixed it. I removed all the music from the phone then resynced and everything was fine. I did the same thing. I had bought a couple albums which I had previously owned 1 or 2 songs and this made duplicates. I marked one of each of them with a (D) and rebuilt the library and this fixed the issue.

Of course, I found an issue rebuilding the library. There were 176 songs which I could not delete from my phone. I eventually ignored this and resynced and everything seems fine again. I know to fix I would probably need to restore from a backup or reset to factory specs but I don't want to do that. Another iTunes annoyance.

Also it came up and said it had an iTunes update. I clicked yes and was directed to the Microsoft Store. Nope. I am not buying anything from Microsoft even if it is free. I assume the apple updater will eventually prompt me for an update.