iTunes - Where's the Sidebar?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Hustler1337, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. Hustler1337 macrumors 68000


    Dec 23, 2010
    London, UK

    Trying to enable the Sidebar on the new iTunes but can't find it. I'm guessing Apple removed it?

    Absolutely hate the non-sidebar look of iTunes. :(
  2. Lord Hamsa macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2013
    Sort of. Select "Playlists" from any view and it comes back, at least wile you're in that view.
  3. Yoshi Yogurt macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2010
    I think you need to be in playlists now.

    iTunes 12 is so ****ing bad. I thought 11 was garbage but this is truly horrid.

    10.7 was the best, really with it would work with ios8.

    Really sad that I might have to move away from mac and iphone because how badly they **** up a simple media player and remove our customization options.
  4. Hustler1337 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Dec 23, 2010
    London, UK
    Thanks, seems like they've got rid of it. I half-knew this was coming soon based on their previous iTunes releases excluding the Sidebar view by default.

    Now we have to use this small mingy icons to navigate through iTunes. :(
  5. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    Seems there might be a marketing hole opening up for people who:
    A) Have a large music library
    B) Actually listen to vast chunks of it semi-regularly
    C) Use a variety of different playlist/search/sorting techniques to get the particular sort of mix they want at a given time.

    I tried Clementine, but it seems to suffer from the usual ills of open source ware: inconsistent interface, feature holes etc. Perhaps now something better will come along, but I suspect we're stuck with a slowly declining musical experience here in Mac-land.
  6. ixxx69 macrumors 65816

    Jul 31, 2009
    United States
    I totally agree - I lost track of when iTunes hit its peak design-wise (probably around version 9 or 10), but iTunes 11 was terrible, and iTunes 12 is just making everything even worse.

    I would love to find a third-party solution at this point, but that's still a challenge when I'm so tied into the iTunes ecosystem (Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, AppleTV).

    I've already ditched iTunes for podcasts since iTunes completely bungled that simple task.

    I've tried a few music players, but they either seem buggy or poorly designed. It really shouldn't be that hard... earlier versions of iTunes actually worked great for playing music. Go figure.
  7. iosuser macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2012
    Crap I always backup the previously version first when I update iTunes, and wouldn't you know it the one time I forget to do so and it's the worst update ever :mad:

    I got the idea that Apple's been wanting to rid the sidebar for the longest time, and they finally did it :(

    Can anyone tell me how to make Apps stick, without having to click the ... drop down menu? This is horrible.

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  8. mikef07 macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2007
    Click the 3 dots and select edit. Tick the apps box with a checkmark.
  9. smorris macrumors member


    Jul 13, 2008
    Northern Ohio
    Click "Edit" in the dropdown, and then check what you want to show all the time (or uncheck what you don't.)
  10. iosuser macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2012
    Thanks guys. I was stuck in duh mode and completely didn't see EDIT lol, still in awe at the horrible new interface and mourning the total loss of the sidebar :(
  11. mikef07 macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2007

    I miss the sidebar also. One other annoyance although I think it has never been available. When I select my iPad and then movies (meaning I am ready to tick what movies I want to sync) it is only in thumbnail format. Why can't they make it so it could be in list format ? It is so much easier to read in list format.
  12. Hustler1337, Oct 17, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2014

    Hustler1337 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Dec 23, 2010
    London, UK

    I think i've found a workaround. It's not a full proper sidebar as we've seen in previous iTunes versions, but it's the closest we'll get.

    1. Click on the Playlists tab on the top of the screen.
    2. Click Songs for a full list of your songs.


    My main reason for disliking the no-sidebar look is because it makes it less easier to navigate quickly and I hate the simplistic, album-art or iPad style look.

    Hope this helps.
  13. Zerozal macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2009
    Click "Movies" at the right hand side of the bar, then select "Movies List".
  14. robertcoogan macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2008
    Joshua Tree, California
    This is pretty bad. At least the sidebar can be sort of restored. Safari took an even bigger hit. I'll be using Firefox full time now.

    This sucks.

  15. Bookshelf macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2008
    iTunes 12 Horrible

    I can't believe how bad this is.
    The only button I want to find now is the roll back button.
  16. dan.synergy macrumors member


    Oct 9, 2014
    Having a giant library of Drum and Bass (80+ Gb) and have been using smart playlists for a while to try and tackle it. For the past year I have been incorporating Beatunes 3.5 for my organization and its nice because it integrates with the iTunes library and adds BPM, Key, color, mood, etc.

    Using the following tool I have been able to enhance my playlists and create setlists for DJing at house parties with friends. Check it out:
  17. desertfool macrumors newbie


    Jun 7, 2013
    Won't go to Yosemite

    I won't be upgrading if the rest of the apps look like iTunes. The sidebar is the best way to navigate through the app, now I have the album art and a lot of useless scrolling.

    OSX is not the interface to an iPhone. Stop trying to make that happen!
  18. jayes macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2011
    After several upgrade mishaps, I made a promise to myself to read comments BEFORE blindly upgrading my Apple products.
    This morning, I noted that iTunes had an upgrade. Instead of hitting INSTALL, I decided to see what others are saying first. Glad I did!
    The sidebar in iTunes is the only thing that keeps me sane. I am lost without it.
    Hoping if enough people express their displeasure with its removal, it will some how come back. :confused:
  19. scottwaugh macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    Definitely will not be downloading v12….

    Until forced to, of course, but will keep Yosemite at bay for a while. Downloaded a copy of the OS X and Windows installer for 11.4 the day before Mavericks rollout as I'd heard the rumors of Apple getting rid of the Sidebar.
  20. r3m1 macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2012
    Not to mention that the iBooks section has disappeared completely; to be replaced by a separate app thats even worse than the old version as part of iTunes ... why o why ...

  21. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    iBooks was already broken out as a separate app in V11
  22. Smellmet macrumors regular


    Dec 15, 2012
    Goole, UK
    I don't see the problem - I use the sidebar with list view 100% of the time, I'd be lost without it. In the 'playlist' tab you can still have all the other views as before with the album artwork etc but the sidebar is always there when in this mode, so what's missing? Or am I missing something here?
  23. jammybastard macrumors regular


    Apr 26, 2010
    In Trasnic
    I've been an iTunes apologist for years but after updating to v12 I can't defend it any longer. I honestly believe no-one on at Apple uses iTunes, especially not as a media library manager.

    From now on I'm canceling my Match account and using Spotify for music.
    For video I'm sticking to the Beamer app from my MBP to the AppleTV.
    Less hassle on both counts.
  24. auhagen macrumors regular

    May 30, 2010
    Yeah the new design sucks big time.
    Before when using iTunes, everything went so snap, now you have to press a small icon, then chose from the list, then make a new click, and first then your on your device.

    Apple what the hell are you thinking??!
  25. Smellmet, Oct 20, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2014

    Smellmet macrumors regular


    Dec 15, 2012
    Goole, UK
    No you don't, it's still one click, only the icons are arranged across the top left.


    It is still there. I use it all the time.


    It is the best way to navigate through the app you're right. That's why they didn't get rid of it. In 'playlists' mode it is there all the time, regardless of the view you prefer, whether it's list, (my preferred) column, or album artwork view - the sidebar remains!

    I don't really see how realistically Apple can get rid of the sidebar - how else would you be able to drop tracks on a playlist without there being a 'source' - your library, and a 'destination' - your playlist, so to speak. If they get rid of the sidebar altogether I'll drop itunes in a heartbeat, as it stands I think it's an excellent update, stripped back and simple.

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