Apple’s recent iTunes 12.4 update was a welcome arrival for a lot of users who have been experiencing frustration with the bloated software. There are many users who would like to see Apple entirely overhaul the iTunes experience, including separating parts of it out into individual apps for things like Apple Music, but for now, the simplified navigation experience will definitely appease a subset of those people. It also seems that the latest update has brought with it some undocumented changes, such as an increase in overall performance and a fix for a fairly serious bug that had resulted in the sporadic permanent deletion of music files from users’ hard drive.
A number of users are taking to social media sites such as Reddit and Twitter to confirm that the latest iTunes 12.4 update has come packaged with significant speed improvements and enhanced loading times. One Reddit user is particularly happy with the improvements made to iTunes, taking to the social site to confirm that the previous version of the platform had taken approximately three minutes just to get past the ‘checking library’ phase of load up. The latest version of iTunes appears to have reduced that initialization time down to around the 20-seconds mark, at least for that user.
The same user has also noticed significant scrolling speed and response rates in version 12.4. Considering iTunes is often criticized for being bloated and offering sluggish, sometimes unresponsive performance, it’ll be a welcome boost for Apple to see that the platform is starting to get some social praise for performing efficiently.
It seems that Apple has also taken the opportunity to address the issue of iTunes silently deleting music files from some users’ computers without any kind of warning or chance of getting those files back. The official changelog attached to version 12.4 doesn’t actually reference those fixes, but Apple appears to have delivered on its promise that it would introduce “additional safeguards” with a future iTunes update.
Apple’s official release notes with iTunes 12.4 focused on the fact that the software shipped with a redesigned interface that would hopefully simplify the experience and allow users to access content and menus in a more seamless, efficient manner. Given the excitement on certain social media sites, it seems that it’s the undocumented changes that have brought the most joy to users.
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