updated 01:24 am EDT, Fri July 25, 2014
Apple pushes iTunes 12 beta as optional update for OS X Yosemite beta
Apple is pushing OS X Yosemite public beta users access to the new iTunes 12 beta. Developers were granted access to the iTunes 12 beta earlier in this week, and similarly OS X Yosemite public beta users will receive a notification via the Mac App Store software update function to install the optional update. iTunes 12 comes with a redesigned interface along with new features. Like the OS X Yosemite beta, the software is not finalized for release and may not alway work as expected, but gives Mac users an opportunity to provide Apple with feedback ahead of its official introduction.
The most welcome change in the iTunes 12 beta is the removal of the drop down toggle interface that marred the iTunes 11 user experience. This forced users to constantly move from either the left hand side of the app window to the right hand side of the app window when navigating iTunes 12 functions. Now, all the major functions are grouped together separately on the left hand side of the app window making it much simpler and more logical to switch between user content including music, movies, TV shows, any connected iOS devices and the iTunes store. The app also comes with a new red iTunes icon in the new 'flat' theme that replaces the previous blue colored icon seen in earlier versions of OS X.
In addition to the much improved navigational functions and new OS X Yosemite look, iTunes 12 also introduces Family Sharing that allows up to six users in a family to share their purchases from iTunes, iBooks and the App Store. Playlists have also been improved to allow users to see their full library and playlist side-by-side making it easier to add songs, while the Get Info window has also been rearranged for easier navigation as well.