What’s new in Apple’s iTunes 5

Apple today announced iTunes 5, bringing new features and a refined look to the world’s most popular digital music jukebox and online music store.

Using the new features included in iTunes 5 you can:

Fine tune your search results: You can use the search field and search bar to quickly locate songs and other items in your library or a playlist.
1. Select where you want to search in the Source list. (Note: You cannot search radio listings, because they are not available until you connect to the Internet and retrieve them.)
2. Click in the search field in the upper-right corner of the iTunes window, then type the text you want to find. As you type, iTunes displays the items that contain the text you entered.
3. When you start typing in the search field, a search bar showing buttons with items like Music, Audiobooks, Artists, and Albums appears. Click buttons on the search bar to narrow your search.

You can use the search bar without typing anything in the search field. Choose Edit > Show Search Bar. To hide the search bar again, choose Edit > Hide Search Bar. Unless you narrow your search using the search bar or search field pop-up menu, the artist, composer (or DJ), album title, and genre fields are all searched. The comment field is searched only if its column is visible in the library or playlist. To see all your music again, delete the text from the search field (or press the Escape key). To scan through all the artists or albums in your music library, select Library in the Source list and click the Browse button in the upper-right corner of the iTunes window.

Fine tune your shuffling: You can play songs or albums in random order. You can set iTunes to shuffle all songs, complete albums, or groupings (collections of the movements of a classical work). Finally, you can use “Smart shuffle” to adjust the likelihood that iTunes plays multiple songs in a row by the same artist or from the same album.
– To shuffle songs, select your library or a playlist and click the Shuffle button in the bottom-left corner of the iTunes window. When you click the Shuffle button, iTunes shuffles by songs, albums, or groupings, depending on the settings in the Playback pane of iTunes Preferences (see below).
– To turn off shuffling, click the button again.
– To choose whether iTunes shuffles individual songs, complete albums, or groupings, choose iTunes > Preferences, then click the Playback button. Select Song, “Complete albums,” or Grouping. If you select “Complete albums,” or Groupings, iTunes plays the songs in the order in which they appear on the album or in the grouping, and then chooses another album or grouping randomly.
– To adjust the likelihood that iTunes plays multiple songs in a row by the same artist or from the same album, choose iTunes > Preferences and click the Playback button. Then move the “Smart shuffle” slider to choose your setting. You can move the slider towards “more likely,” “less likely,” or somewhere in the middle (“random”).

For information about a button, move the pointer to it. For some buttons, you can press the Command key and point to see more information. When shuffle is turned on, you can’t drag songs into a new order in a playlist.

Restrict access using parental controls: If you have administrator access to your computer, you can disable access to podcasts, the iTunes Music Store, or shared music using the Parental pane of iTunes Preferences. You can also use the Parental pane to hide these items in the Source list without requiring a password to see them again.
1. Choose iTunes > Preferences and click the Parental button.
2. If necessary, click the lock and type your administrator password.
3. Select an item to disable it. For example, if you select Disable Podcasts, the Podcasts item won’t appear in the Source list.
4. If you want to require a user to enter an administrator password to re-enable the items you disabled (or make any other changes in the Parental Control pane) click the lock.

Note: You must be using Mac OS X v10.3 or later to be able to password-protect disabling these items. If you’re using Mac OS X v10.2.8, you can hide the items, but a password is not needed to show them again. You can also use the Parental pane of iTunes Preferences to restrict access to explicit content in the iTunes Music Store. If you disable podcasts, you won’t be able to subscribe to podcasts in the iTunes Music Store. Make sure you protect your password. Anyone who knows an administrator password for your computer can change parental control settings.

Use folders in the Source list: You can add folders to the iTunes Source list to better organize your songs, videos, and other items. After you make a folder, you can add playlists and other folders to it. You can’t add individual songs or videos directly to a folder.
1. Choose File > New Folder.
2. Type a name for the folder and press Return.
3. In the Source list, drag playlists or other folders into the folder you just created, or drag your new folder into another folder.

Note: To remove a folder from another folder and move it to the top level of the Source list, drag it to the bottom of the Source list. When you select a folder in the Source list, the main iTunes window shows all the songs from all the playlists and folders inside that folder. The window doesn’t show duplicates of songs.

Enter and view lyrics: If you know the words to a song, you can enter them in iTunes and view them anytime.
1. Select a song and choose File > Get Info.
2. Click Lyrics and enter the words to the song.

To view lyrics you’ve already entered, select the song and choose File > Get Info, then click Lyrics. With some iPod models, you can view a song’s lyrics on iPod if you’ve entered them in iTunes. Make sure your iPod has been updated with the latest software. See the documentation that came with your iPod for more information. Some types of files, such as WAV and QuickTime files, don’t support lyrics.

Also of note: iTunes 5 now supports iPod syncing for Outlook and Outlook Express on Windows PCs.

More info and download link for Apple’s iTunes 5 here.

Related articles:
Apple introduces iTunes 5, iTunes Music Store catalog tops two million songs – September 07, 2005


  1. I love what I have seen so far. The new theme is an improvement to the last iTunes and I hope Safari is the next application to use it.The new Search Bar is a great idea. Lyrics should make searching a lot more accurate. I hope a good application comes out for finding and importing lyrics. Variable Bit Rate AAC encoding is now possible. In short it’s all good. The best just got better.

  2. – a folder created into a folder can’t be dragged out. You must delete it, then create it again, paying attention not to have any folder selected.

    – You can’t shift-click on playlists to add more than one to a folder.

    – Still no option to auto remove from library that lost their original.

    – If you locate one tune, every tune from that album should also get their location fixed. A locate album would be great.

  3. For those that want to use the visualizer when manipulating iTunes:


    1.-Use the visualizer in fullscreen and use hotkeys to change the music (the most basic setup, must know your playlist perfectly)

    2.-Use a visualizer application that supports fullscreen while having the itunes controller in a different monitor (Quartz Composer)

    3.-Use a screensaver set to display in the desktop of the secondary monitor and keep that one without icons and windows. Use the primary monitor to control itunes (G-Force, etc.)

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