Apple Releases Revised Version of iTunes 12.6, Eliminates Strange 'Profile Page' Toggle

Apple today released a revised version of iTunes 12.6, which appears to eliminate a hidden option that may have accidentally been built into the software release.

Shortly after the original release of iTunes 12.6 on Tuesday, a reddit user discovered a "Show on Profile Page" toggle on a Playlist edit page.


The toggle didn't appear to do anything because there's currently no individual profile page feature in iTunes, and now the non-functional feature has been eliminated from the 12.6 iTunes release, suggesting it was added by mistake and could be destined for some kind of future iTunes profile addition.

It is entirely unclear what a Profile Page might entail, but reddit users speculated that it could be for a future social network or a Spotify-style searchable playlist database.

The new iTunes 12.6 update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for free. It includes a "Rent once, watch anywhere" feature that lets iTunes users watch iTunes movie rentals across all devices with the as-of-yet unreleased iOS 10.3 and tvOS 10.2 updates.

Prior to the iTunes 12.6 update, iTunes movies could only be watched on a single device at a time. A movie rented on a Mac transferred to an iPhone would remove the movie from the Mac's iTunes Library, while a movie rented on an iOS device or Apple TV could not previously be transferred to other devices.

We don't yet know when the iTunes 12.6 update will become functional, as it is reliant on iOS 10.3 and tvOS 10.2, but those who are running the betas can use the cross-rental feature. The iOS 10.3 and tvOS 10.2 software updates could come at any time.


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22 months ago
PING!
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22 months ago

I believe this was released yesterday, not today. But no matter :)


Yes, I received the update yesterday, and checked the build numbers to figure out if it was the App Store being confused or an actual update from what I had installed.

I wish Apple was more transparent with their changelog notes.


* "Removed non-functional toggle switch that was intended for a future release"
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22 months ago
They did add back in the "open in new window" for playlists in iTunes 12.6.

That alone is worth the update to me.

SCR
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22 months ago
Why is the Apple media universe still called iTunes? Are movies "tunes"? This is like building an outhouse, then later adding a mansion around it and still calling the whole thing an outhouse. It stinks. And it is very awkward since expansion has been piecemeal and they refuse to dynamite it and start over. The attitude seems to be "if it ain't broke" with iTunes. And yet with everything else they have no problem "breaking" things (e.g. remove headphone jack, only USB C on MBP, etc.).
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22 months ago
Bah, they didn't fix the annoying UI bug that makes the "X" disappear on the miniplayer so you can't restore it to the normal player without resizing it. :P
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22 months ago
Is Apple Music becoming a music sharing community? Share personal curated lists on your "Apple Music Profile Page?"
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22 months ago

PING!

The other day, I was looking at the box of one of my iPod classics and it mentioned Ping and I laughed. Goes to show that even under Steve, Apple could produce absolute failures
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22 months ago
I believe this was released yesterday, not today. But no matter :)
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22 months ago
Who else has noted that when right-clicking on an iTMS music title, the first entry in the context menu is not "Play next" anymore but "Remove download"? Accidentally removed a whole album and had to redownload it...

Fair, it didn't take long. But this is really bad UI design. Why do they think what most people want when right-clicking a title is removing the download?
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22 months ago

Yes, I received the update yesterday, and checked the build numbers to figure out if it was the App Store being confused or an actual update from what I had installed.

I wish Apple was more transparent with their changelog notes.


* "Removed non-functional toggle switch that was intended for a future release"


Could be worse, it could just say:

Thanks for using <APP NAME>! To make our app better for you, we bring updates to the App Store regularly.

Every update of our <APP NAME> app includes improvements for speed and reliability. As new features become available, we’ll highlight those for you in the app.
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