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Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.7

Sorry to hear that once again the modifications are not about improving the quality of what iTunes dishes out. The whole iTunes system is still audio ‘lo resolution’. Just today I did a sonic comparison between an iTunes track (delivered by an iPhone to my home audio system)  and the same recording from original vinyl. The dynamic range was embarrassing as was the sound stage and separation. Apple - if you want to improve iTunes…improve the quality of the sound. Oh, and some legacy stability in playiist management would be nice…I’m sick of rebuilding all my playlists with every major OS change.

Posted by Paul Gilbert on October 9, 2017 at 8:44 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.7

I need lyrics for iTunes 12.7 for when I practice public singing in my personal time.

Posted by Michelle on October 1, 2017 at 11:36 AM (CDT)

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Yes it’s very annoying. Definitely didn’t happen on previous iTunes.
I’ve figured out a workaround, if you start iTunes without Bluetooth connected, make sure all outputs are selected and then use system preferences to change your computers output to the Bluetooth speaker.
Hopefully they’ll fix in the next version

Posted by Paul Dryden on September 30, 2017 at 5:03 PM (CDT)

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This is about the only post I’ve seen that comes close to my issue.  iTunes 12.7 will only allow me to connect to a wifi OR bluetooth.  It won’t allow me to connect to both, which I’ve been doing for as long as I can remember.  The screenshot you posted above, seems to be allowing you to do so.  Maybe I have a setting issue.  (?)

Posted by Michael Kahler on September 30, 2017 at 1:54 PM (CDT)

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Yup, macOS High Sierra was released on Monday.
Glad to hear you got it sorted. It hadn’t even occurred to me that there could be a Bluetooth speaker involved, but I can see why Bluetooth and AirPlay destinations wouldn’t be able to be simultaneously selected, so it makes sense.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 27, 2017 at 8:54 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.7

I think I have found the problem, one of my outputs was a Sony Bluetooth speaker connected to the Mac mini. When I turned that off it allowed me to choose multiple destinations again.
Didn’t know there was a new MacOS.

Posted by Paul Dryden on September 27, 2017 at 8:50 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.7

Strange. I’m assuming by “latest version” you mean macOS High Sierra, which came out this week, right?
Here’s what I see in the AirPlay dialog…
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Targets are a pair of AirPort Express units (1st and 2nd gen 802.11n versions), a Denon AV Receiver, and a fourth-generation Apple TV.
I can select any combination of destinations and they all seem to work just as well as they did before. I’m guessing you’re seeing something different…

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 27, 2017 at 8:38 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.7

I’m on latest version of MacOS. It seems to only let me select one output. I have an airport express, and Apple TV

Posted by Paul Dryden on September 26, 2017 at 1:51 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.7

Are you using iTunes on Windows or Mac? Streaming to multiple devices is still working fine for me on macOS….

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 26, 2017 at 11:56 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.7

Does anyone know why you can no longer stream audio to more than one device on Airplay?

Posted by Paul Dryden on September 26, 2017 at 11:48 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.7

It looks like Apple has taken out the separate “Edit” mode in favour of just making playlists editable by default. You can drag-and-drop songs into playlists and reorder them within your playlist normally now, and it’s always been possible to remove tracks without going into “Edit” mode.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 26, 2017 at 9:28 AM (CDT)

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If your apps aren’t updating, it’s probably not the cellular size limits that are the problem….  iTunes doesn’t know the difference between a cellular connection and a normal Wi-Fi connection, so it wouldn’t be enforcing these limits — it’s the App Store app on iOS that limits download sizes, not the App Store on Apple’s end.
In fact, I’ve been able to use Personal Hotspot to download larger apps even onto an iPad or another iPhone many times over the years — I once connected my iPhone to Personal Hotspot on my partner’s iPhone to get around this exact limitation.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 26, 2017 at 9:26 AM (CDT)

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Fair enough. When I wrote the conclusion I was mostly focused on the possibility of other reasons to avoid the update such as bugs or performance problems, but I totally see your point, and it’s a good indication that I need to try and be more clear next time

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 26, 2017 at 9:12 AM (CDT)

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Sorry, was disagreeing with your conclusion that you couldn’t find any reasons to avoid the update. In my situation, had I been aware of the iPhone music library limitation, I would have postponed updating.
Yes Siri can be used to initiate a track/album/playlist, but that still requires you to know what it is you want played, doesn’t help if you want to review a large library. Obviously different people use their phones in different ways. Mine was as a way of having access to a large personal music library. Cheers.

Posted by Kerb on September 25, 2017 at 10:08 PM (CDT)

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Thank you for your thoughts, and I completely understand where you’re coming from, although to be fair I’m not sure what you’re actually disagreeing with

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 25, 2017 at 8:53 AM (CDT)

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You can use Siri on the Apple Watch to launch and start playing any music content.  “Hey Siri, Play “name of Playlist” shuffled”

Posted by HamWeg on September 24, 2017 at 2:00 PM (CDT)

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What happened to the EDIT PLAYLIST button? How do I edit now?

Posted by 24 Hour Man on September 23, 2017 at 10:52 AM (CDT)

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Guess what: custom lyrics support is utterly borked in this version. Get Lyrical.app was just rendered useless by this “update” (you can actually add lyrics manually, but you have to do it one song at a time, which is plainly insane). I’m seriously considering a downgrade to iTunes 12.6, but with High Sierra right around the corner, I can’t see how I’m going to do that…

Posted by João Gomes on September 22, 2017 at 11:35 PM (CDT)

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Unfortunately I have to disagree.
Your comment regarding the inability under Watch OS4 to start music playback directly on your iPhone is an understatement.
Previously I could peruse my iPhone music library (much bigger than my watches), choose tracks, change playlists on the fly etc all without needing to be within reach of my phone.
Now if I want to listen to music via the iPhone I need to physically pick it up, select and start it on the iPhone first and then I can use the watch to FWD/RWD/Pause etc.. How is this an OS change that Apple has allowed!
Many may say big deal, you have to pick up your phone. I myself have a spinal injury and the phone would often be on charge away from me. Getting to it and selecting/activating the music was a big deal and I loved my Apple Watch for what it could previously do. Unfortunately I jumped to an upgrade early (something I don’t usually do) and have now lost what I saw as a fundamental feature of the watch.
I would advise others not to upgrade until Apple fix this flaw.

Posted by Kerb on September 22, 2017 at 5:06 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.7

Of course you still have to deal with two weaknesses of this solution. The first is that you share a combined recent calls list and the second is that if people share photos with you and you comment on them you need to remember to put your initials underneath your comment to differentiate yourself from the other person who shares your Apple ID.

Posted by Philip Benjamin on September 22, 2017 at 4:24 AM (CDT)

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Thanks Jesse for the customary cogent answer.
You’re so good at sharing what you know I just want to share something that I’ve learnt as well. As someone who has continued to battle to have a shared primary iCloud account with my wife (so that we can share a single cloud photo library and avoid having to pay for two lots of storage) Whilst using individual Apple ID is for services such as messages and FaceTime, it’s been tough because after each recent iOS upgrade Apple has overridden individual messages on FaceTime settings to make the match the primary iCloud account Apple ID. As if people who are choosing to have different Apple ID is for the services would just ignore it but how do use their phones and iPads. However the update to iOS 11 seems to signal a change of approach. Apple is no longer bossing people into changing their messages and FaceTime Apple IDs but instead is making it impossible to sign into Messages and FaceTime with a different Apple ID unless you first sign out of your primary iCloud account. So if you want to continue with the combination of shared and solo Apple IDs you can and in fact you may going forward suffer less turbulence. But only if you don’t upgrade to iOS 11 With in overwritten Apple ID and messages or FaceTime.

Posted by Philip Benjamin on September 22, 2017 at 4:16 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.7

No worries… it’s never too late :)
This is definitely the case for apps that have simply been updated. A friend of mine had become obsessed with maintaining a special Product(RED) edition of a game because she liked the colour scheme, and despite the fact that the game had been updated at least a half-dozen times, every time she restored her new iPhone, she got the same version back.
Unfortunately, when it comes to apps that have been withdrawn from sale, this is a bit of a grey area, as it largely depends on why the apps are no longer available.
As a rule, if a developer simply pulls their own app from sale on the App Store, older versions of that app will still remain available — in fact you should still be able to see those apps in your “Purchased” section in the App Store on your iOS device. On iOS 11, you’ll see a lot of greyed-out download icons now for older apps, but that’s a different issue — those are the apps that are no longer compatible with iOS 11 due to the new 32-bit requirement.  Note that this has also long been the case for media content — if an album, movie, or TV show that you’ve purchased gets pulled from sale, you’ll still have it in your purchase history and iCloud library, and can continue to stream or download it.
However, if Apple pulls an app for violating App Store policies, in most cases that means the app is gone from the App Store completely, and therefore won’t likely be restored to your iOS device either. This is still a bit of a grey area, however, as it depends on why the app was pulled by Apple — if a developer gets banned from the App Store entirely, you can safely assume that all of their apps will go away with them, and similarly apps that are banned for containing offensive content are likely going to be pulled entirely. Apps pulled for more minor technicalities — especially where it’s an update to an existing app that causes the issue — may continue to be available for re-download.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 21, 2017 at 8:14 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.7

A question - I hope I am not too late as this article is a few days old.
Jesse you mention in the article that the version of the app whose data you backed up is the version that will be restored from the cloud in the new regime.  Does this mean that if an app is withdrawn from sale it will still be accessible to be restored?  This I thought was one of the big reasons to bother keeping your App Updates in iTunes up to date.

Posted by Philip Benjamin on September 20, 2017 at 11:15 PM (CDT)

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The reason so many people still using Itunes to download apps, including me
– the stupid restriction made by Apple limiting to 100 (now 150MB) apps when downloading on an iphone
–  I’ve unlimited data line with no fixed line, and use this phone as personal hotspot for the entire house. Now I’ve got office apps not updating (>300MB). The unnecessary constricting policies by apple.

Posted by one9712745 on September 20, 2017 at 7:17 PM (CDT)

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Jesse, thank you so much (again) for all the responses and information.  This has been most helpful for me, and I’m sure for others who have had the same questions (fears) and have not been able to find specific answers.

Posted by Pat A on September 20, 2017 at 7:09 PM (CDT)

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