How to Disable “Connect” Tabs and Apple Music in iTunes
If you don’t use the Apple Music subscription service and you don’t have a need for the “Connect” tab in iTunes, you’ll probably find it helpful to know that you can clean up the interface a bit by disabling Apple Music and completely hiding the associated Connect tab and Radio tab in the new versions of iTunes.
Hiding Apple Music Tabs & Connect in iTunes
- Open iTunes on Mac or Windows and pull down the ‘iTunes’ menu, then select “Preferences”
- Choose the “Restrictions” tab
- Check the boxes next to “Apple Music” and “Connect” to hide both of these tabs and features
- Close Preferences, the changes will be immediately visible in the iTunes window
The result is a much simpler iTunes interface, and you won’t accidentally click on “Connect” or “Radio” any longer to be fed pop-ups about subscribing to a service.
Instead, you’ll have iTunes with only your music, and only the iTunes Store, a bit like it was before all the recent changes made to the app, and before the introduction of Apple Music.
This is one of several interface adjustments available in the latest iTunes release, though a bit like using the new sidebar for selecting iOS devices, it’s not necessarily obvious.
By the way, you can also hide Apple Music on the iPhone and iPad, and earlier versions of iTunes too, but the new version of iTunes changed the location, and it allows you to go further and completely disable Apple Music and hide just about everything related to the service. This si particularly nice for those who don’t have an interest in Beats Radio and the related subscription music service offering from Apple.
Of course if you use Apple Music and are a subscriber, you won’t want to do this, though it can be undone rather easily just by unchecking the preference boxes again.
Thanks to Lifehacker for the nice discovery.