iTunes 12.1 Released for OS X Yosemite & Mavericks
Mac users can find iTunes 12.1 available if they are running OS X Yosemite or OS X Mavericks. The update is said to include some performance improvements for syncing an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iTunes, and may include bug fixes as well. Perhaps the most notable change to iTunes 12.1 is the addition of an optional widget for Notification Center in OS X Yosemite, though prior versions of OS X will not include the widget feature.
The new iTunes widget allows users to see what song is playing, as well as navigate their playlist in iTunes, or if listening to iTunes Radio, skip songs and favorite them.
Users can download and install the iTunes 12.1 release from the Mac App Store, accessible from the Apple menu > App Store and by selecting the ‘Updates’ tab. The download is roughly 200mb.
Users who wish to enable the iTunes Widget can do so manually if interested, either through System Preferences or by choosing the “Edit” button within Notification Center of OS X.
An interesting “Welcome to iTunes” visual tutorial launches automatically with the new iTunes 12.1 update. The tutorial and brief walkthrough could be included purely for educational purposes, or it may be aimed at some of the perplexed user responses to various adjustments made to the functionality of iTunes with the 12 update.
Aside from the inclusion of the Notification center Widget, there are no obvious user interface changes made in iTunes 12.1. Users can opt to change the font size of playlist text and learn how to show the sidebar if they’d like to modify the appearance of iTunes.
Mac users running prior versions of OS X, like Mavericks, will also find the update to iTunes available, minus the widget addition.