Hot on the heels of updates to iOS, watchOS, and OS X, the Cupertino-based company has also pushed out an update to its iTunes software, taking it to version 12.3.1. The latest update to iTunes is a relatively minor update and doesn’t bring any real user-facing changes to write home about.
As is always the case with any update or software progression, version 12.3.1 contains the obligatory bug fixes, enhancements, and overall improvements that Apple will be hoping provides an improved user-experience to those interacting with the software. This is particularly relevant now, given the fact that Apple has invested a lot of time and financial resources into building and releasing Apple Music, a service that is predominantly accessed directly via iTunes on desktop. Stability and performance is key to keeping users engaged with the service.
This latest version of iTunes lands on our machines just a month after Apple introduced iTunes version 12.3, a release that introduced dedicated support for iOS devices running iOS 9 and offered support for Apple’s latest version of OS X, 10.11 El Capitan. The ongoing point upgrades of iTunes 12 continue to build on the major overhaul of the long-running software that was introduced with the launch of OS X Yosemite back in 2014. It’s highly likely that Apple will continue to bring small improvements and enhancements over the course of next few months.
Once you’ve gotten over the initial shock of Apple’s release activity, and downloaded the latest version of OS X, iOS, and watchOS if applicable, iTunes version 12.3.1 can be obtained directly via the usual mechanisms from the Update section of Apple’s Mac App Store on OS X, and Apple’s Software Update Utility on Windows.
This small and relatively insignificant update to iTunes will more than likely fall from memory relatively quickly when you take into account the rest of the updates made available today by Apple. But with that said, it’s still great to see Apple applying engineering resources and time into continually progressing iTunes with the aim of making it a lot more stable. Even if the changes are relatively minor with each point release.