Alongside the public debut of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, Apple today released an updated version of iTunes for Mac.
iTunes 12.7.3, according to Apple's release notes, introduces support for the HomePod. A new AirPlay menu built into iTunes 12.7.3 is designed to make it easy to choose the HomePod as an audio source and control what plays next using an Apple Music subscription.
Apple's full release notes for iTunes 12.7.3 are below:
iTunes is now designed to work with HomePod. Use the improved AirPlay menu to easily choose HomePod can control what plays next with your Apple Music subscription. To learn more about HomePod, visit https://www.apple.com/homepod.
Today's iTunes update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for free using the Software Update function.
iTunes 12.7.3 follows iTunes 12.7.2, a December update that also focused on minor improvements. iTunes 12.7, released in September, was the last major update to iTunes, eliminating the built-in App Store to focus solely on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks.
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[doublepost=1516783603][/doublepost] Almost nobody makes any effort when it comes to Windows applications anymore. It's a dead platform that exists almost purely to run old legacy applications. Windows doesn't even have a small thriving indie scene like the Mac still has going for it.
Also to be fair, iTunes is hardly a slim, efficient, elegant and delightful to use application on the Mac. It's definitely not as bad as the Windows port, but that's to be expected.
As for Office, that used to be the biggest pile of trash on the Mac. Microsoft has improved its capabilities on rival platforms in recent simply because it had no choice. Either Office got better on the devices people own and use everyday, or a lot of people would stop using Microsoft Office.
[doublepost=1516783756][/doublepost] Apple Music on Android is probably as good as it can get on that platform. Apple can't make Android better and it simply has to work within its limitations.
So HomePod definitely will be something to watch. It has potential for those of us HomeKit loyalists. But with the limited info Apple is parsing out (why so stingy announcing all the things it can do outside of Apple Music and reading the news if it's such a "magical" product) it just doesn't seem like it's fully baked yet.