Apple releases iTunes 11.1.3

Apple yesterday released iTunes 11.1.3 which resolves an issue where the equalizer may not work as expected.

The update also improves performance when switching views in large iTunes libraries.

In addition, iTunes 11.1.3 includes additional minor bug fixes.

The previous version of iTunes added support for OS X Mavericks, Arabic, and Hebrew.

Note: If you are using OS X Mavericks, your book library can now be found in iBooks for Mac.

iTunes 11.1.3 is available via Software Update and also via standalone installer here.

18 Comments

  1. Hopefully it fixes syncing issues. I am unable to sync anything to my iPhone 5 since upgrading to iOS 7. It says the music is there, but it just skips over it when I try to play it. The few songs that are actually playable were all purchased on the iTunes Store.

    I’ve tried everything possible. Wired sync, wi-fi sync, manually managing music, restoring the device. Restoring the device did work on the initial sync, but all subsequent syncs fail.

      1. Sorry, that was poorly worded. All the files show on my iPhone, but if I try to play them, it just skips to the next track until it finds one that is truly on the device. It puts an icon next to the tracks it skips, a circle with a square inside of it.

        Everything works fine in iTunes, I just can’t sync. The sync starts and goes through the steps, and things like Play Count are synced back to iTunes, but no files are ever added to the phone, and it would seem a bunch of them are actually removed, even if iOS doesn’t think they have been.

        1. I had that issue. I’ll tell you what fixed it for me, although given what you’ve said you tried, this may not work for you.

          — Connect your iPhone. Quickly cancel any sync that starts. (The first time I tried this, I let the sync go and that messed everything up.)
          — Open the iPhone in iTunes. Select “Manually Manage Music and Videos”. Confirm in the dialogue box, then choose Apply. There’s a brief sync process.
          — Unselect “Manually Manage Music and Videos”. iTunes will warn you that this will wipe out the music on your phone and replace it with your iTunes library. Click “OK” (and “Apply”, IIRC).

          If all goes as planned, the sync that occurs should start copying over everything that’s missing. In my case, it was almost 700 songs, like 1/5 of my library.

          The reason this should work is that it’s wiping out the corrupt music index on your phone and replacing it.

          I hope this works, because I know what you’re going through and it drove me nuts.

          ——RM

    1. I was experiencing the syncing issue (would never finalize) on all of my iDevices as well. iTunes 11.1.3 did in fact resolve it! Plus as mentioned, it’s really responsive and works quite well now.

  2. Apple obviously has packed a lot of functionality into iTunes, and of course there is little practical way to link iOS devices and Macs without it. It does perform well.

    Unfortunately, iTunes 11 is also the ugliest and least unintuitive iTunes yet. The flurry of Mac articles instructing users how to “fix” iTunes to restore prior iTunes version functions and appearance tells you how poorly received the new design direction has been.

    iTunes 11 does not even look like a program developed by Apple. Like Mavericks, the GUI changes didn’t improve anything – just another step in Cook’s crusade to make Macs more gray, more flat, less intuitive, and therefore dead-looking.

    1. Agree that iTunes has become bloated trying to be all things to all applications. It really, really needs to be broken up into two or three appropriate pieces.

      Even the name “iTunes” is a deterrent to the uneducated CEO/CFO when it comes to Enterprise. It gives cover to Windows-centric I.T. folks; allowing them to keep saying that the iPad is just for “entertainment”.

      1. Sorry, but I disagree that iTunes is “bloated”. “Bloated” does not just mean “does a large number of different things”. “Bloat” only occurs when the number of features adversely impacts the software’s quality, either by making it slow or hard to use. iTunes is not slow, at least not on my Mac, and other comments here have mentioned how fast it seems now. The features don’t impact ease-of-use either, as I see it. Features are designed to be hidden if you’re not not currently using them, so they don’t get in the way.

        I also disagree that the new iTunes is “unintuitive”. I think this is more a case of people getting used to the old interface, and so finding any change “harder to use” just because it’s not the familiar thing they’re used to.

        ——RM

        1. We must agree to disagree. I still see the occasional spinning beach ball using iTunes.

          Also, with regard to bloat, i believe an objective measure of this is the number of megabytes taken up by the program. 90 MB. It does too many things. One doesn’t need to have a single application to manage both video and audio collections. I would also argue that the kludged-on storefront would be more natural if it was a division of the App Store on a Mac — so if you want to purchase anything through Apple, there would be one application to find all your audio, video, application, widget, audiobook, and maybe even hardware purchases. Then split iTunes into two different programs: iTunes and iCinema, for managing your different archives.

          Of course, it’s obvious why Apple won’t ever do this. Apple doesn’t intend to sell video — that is intended to be rented only, just as Apple is strongly pushing iRadio for renting music and iCloud for renting server space.

          1. First, a spinning beach ball can often mean your computer is too old. A lot of my beach balls went away when I upgraded earlier this year. But I don’t know, maybe you have a new model and you’re slow for some other reason. All I know is iTunes is plenty speedy for me.

            Second, the idea that there’s some “objective” measure of the precise number of megabytes software can take up before it can be called “bloated” is, quite frankly, ridiculous. How would you make such a measure? Understand that “objective” means no opinions are allowed. It has to be purely scientific.

            I repeat, software is not “bloated” unless the software is somehow negatively impacted by its feature set. A piece of software could do everything in the world, but if it still fits nicely on your hard drive, isn’t too slow, and does what you want it to do without too much effort, it’s not bloated.

            And I do want one app for my audio and video collection, thank you very much. I don’t see why filling my App folder with a collection of Balkanized apps, each doing one little thing, is in any way desirable. Audio and video are both media. iTunes is a media organizer.

            ——RM

  3. I would get bad beach balling when synching my iPhone, and it’s only gotten worse with iOS 7. I can always expect long periods of ‘Application Not Responding’ when doing anything, now.

  4. It does seem faster, especially to sync my iDevices and to get itself started, which at one time was taking about three minutes or more. Still, after downloading app updates, it takes its sweet time _installing_ them, during which time nothing else can be done, and that remains a pain. The organization of apps on iDevices still wants a real solution, however.

  5. Until they restore multiple windows in iTunes, I’m sticking with 10.7. Unfortunately I can’t upgrade to Mavericks because it won’t run 10.7. I have a big screen iMac and can’t work on multiple playlists? ITunes 11 forces you to do do endless selecting, right mousing, scrolling and adding, where in 10.7 you could just drag and drop from any window to any other. ITunes 11 is a serious bummer to me.

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