Apple Releases iTunes 12.7.3 With Support for HomePod

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    Alongside the public debut of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, Apple today released an updated version of iTunes for Mac.

    iTunes 12.7.3, according to Apple's release notes, introduces support for the HomePod. A new AirPlay menu built into iTunes 12.7.3 is designed to make it easy to choose the HomePod as an audio source and control what plays next using an Apple Music subscription.

    Apple's full release notes for iTunes 12.7.3 are below:
    Today's iTunes update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for free using the Software Update function.

    iTunes 12.7.3 follows iTunes 12.7.2, a December update that also focused on minor improvements. iTunes 12.7, released in September, was the last major update to iTunes, eliminating the built-in App Store to focus solely on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks.

    Article Link: Apple Releases iTunes 12.7.3 With Support for HomePod
     
  2. dampfnudel macrumors 68030

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    What about some of us with 12.6.3 which kept the App Store and more importantly for me continued to give me the option of restoring my ringtones to a new iPhone (which is what I did with my new X three weeks ago) that were customized by a third-party app that would’ve been broken in 12.7.x? The third-party app was purchased on the App Store, not jail broken. I don’t need the App Store in iTunes, but I would like to keep my ringtones and the ability to restore them to a new iPhone in the future. Apple could also come out with its own ringtone customization app, but I guess it still wants to sell ringtones.
     
  3. tywebb13, Jan 23, 2018
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  4. timborama macrumors 6502

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    Sadly, I think you already KNOW the answer. I’m not buying a HomePod, so I can stick with 12.6.3.
     
  5. rmcq macrumors newbie

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    Errrr... GarageBand
     
  6. smorrissey macrumors 65816

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    Apple today released an updated version of iTunes for Mac..... so no love for Windows users what a pity....
     
  7. tywebb13 macrumors 68020

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    But if you saw my post above you will see that there is a version for windows too.
     
  8. smorrissey macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for telling me, nothing appearing on Apple Software update, guess im gonna download manually...

    update: LOL it just appeared on Apple Software update 5 seconds ago...
     
  9. Cmd-Z macrumors 6502

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    You can drag and drop ringtone files from outside of iTunes 12.7 onto your device in iTunes' sidebar, I've done it and it works fine so you don't need iTunes 12.6 for that.
     
  10. jonnysods macrumors 603

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    Man I don't even use iTunes anymore. I used to use it as my go to until Spotify. And when they removed the app store I moved to icloud backups for our devices.
     
  11. Bniel71403 macrumors newbie

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    i wish they could fix a way for the apple tv and iTunes to actually let each other know what has been played, and update play counts
     
  12. B4U macrumors 65816

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    How about 12.6.4 to fix the reset play issue?
     
  13. bernuli macrumors 6502

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    Wait Home Pod isn't out yet and we already have iTunes bloat?
     
  14. DeepIn2U macrumors 601

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    Either way this itunes update makes no sense since the HomePod doesn't support Home Sharing so any tracks you ad to your music library will NOT be playable on HomePod.
     
  15. -BigMac- macrumors demi-god

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    It is still a bloated, inefficient, piece of trash on Windows. No effort by Apple to make it run any better.

    Great representation of good Apple software UX for all those Windows users!!

    Microsoft does Office on Mac, very well.
    Apple does iTunes on Windows, very badly.

    Haha they got something else coming their way... I’ve already made the change, some friends of mine are already hitting the windows bandwagon.. not a bad wagon to be on.

    Windows 10 is very solid.
     
  16. jb-net macrumors member

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    Me too. I want to stay on iTunes 12.6.3 as long as possible.
     
  17. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    As Long as there is no App Store support, ringtone support and the ability to backup ipa files, I won’t update to any later version of iTunes. Apple Watch series 3 does not need iTunes 12.7 to function.
     
  18. x34 macrumors 6502

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    ios 11? i dont buy any new iphone as it still runs on that.

    homepod? wont buy as it can't play non itunes store tracks and ripped mp3's

    itunes on mac without app store? another reason to buy no new mac. i will stay on iTunes 12.6.3 and my old system until i can't.
     
  19. blaichch macrumors member

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    You should try Apple Music for Android - it’s like worst app you can get...
     
  20. dumastudetto, Jan 24, 2018
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    I've just finished selling all my Sonos equipment. HomePod is the future and I'm going all in.
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    Almost nobody makes any effort when it comes to Windows applications anymore. It's a dead platform that exists almost purely to run old legacy applications. Windows doesn't even have a small thriving indie scene like the Mac still has going for it.

    Also to be fair, iTunes is hardly a slim, efficient, elegant and delightful to use application on the Mac. It's definitely not as bad as the Windows port, but that's to be expected.

    As for Office, that used to be the biggest pile of trash on the Mac. Microsoft has improved its capabilities on rival platforms in recent simply because it had no choice. Either Office got better on the devices people own and use everyday, or a lot of people would stop using Microsoft Office.
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    Apple Music on Android is probably as good as it can get on that platform. Apple can't make Android better and it simply has to work within its limitations.
     
  21. blaichch macrumors member

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    Right... And because of these limitations it crashes all the time, doesn't play at all or plays two songs at the same time

    Of what limitations are you talking about anyway?
     
  22. OllyW Moderator

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    You might have jumped the gun if you have got rid of a functioning multi room set up.
     
  23. -BigMac- macrumors demi-god

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    I like your reply and thanks for taking the time to write it :)

    I agree windows is not very exciting.. the App store is largely trash, and definitely its not as energetic as the mac app store.

    But i do think there is a place for windows.
    I know for a fact, serious mac gaming is still very much a joke, unfortunately apple never REALLY gave mac a chance here (yet?) with their gpu selections, and yes i gave it a real crack.. had an 8 core Mac Pro back in the day - fresh out the apple store.. it was okay but not even on release was it the top.. now thats a lot of money!!

    I still to this day am hoping for 120hz imac screens with a current gen nvidia desktop line up. Id drop windows in a heart beat..

    I just fear apple is too much about aesthetics and thinness to give windows machines a run for its performance (albeit editing and benchmarking on the imac/mac pro).
     
  24. dumastudetto, Jan 24, 2018
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    I almost never use the multi room capabilities with Sonos, but obviously I'll regain those capabilities with HomePod pretty soon with an upcoming software update.
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    For a start there is no consistent experience because different Android devices come riddled with bloatware and differing specifications. So you don't even know if the problems you speak of are Apple Music or just a really crappy Android device or a device running an old and crashtastic build.
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    You are absolutely right to be fair, I did neglect to mentioning gaming because I'm not a gamer. I'm sure there are still interesting things happening for PC gamers and plenty of great new titles. I know that both nvidia and amd continue to push the envelope with graphics cards for gamers. So there still cool stuff happening here if you are a Windows gamer.

    If I was into gaming on computers, I would buy a Windows machine for sure. Apple isn't interested in this space, and as you say their priorities most of the time are thinness, silent cooling, and not cutting edge graphics.
     

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