iTunes 11 Update Fixes Search Speed

Apple has released an update to iTunes (version 11.0.1) which fixes a number of performance issues, notably the abysmally slow searching in the initial version of the program. The update also brings back the Find Duplicates command, which was, apparently, forgotten in the initial release. If you were disappointed in searching with iTunes 11, download this update and try again. For me, the searches that took more than 30 seconds with the initial release are nearly instantaneous now.

It’s worth noting Apple’s description of the update:

This update to the new iTunes addresses an issue where new purchases in iCloud may not appear in your library if iTunes Match is turned on, makes iTunes more responsive when searching a large library, fixes a problem where the AirPlay button may not appear as expected, and adds the ability to display duplicate items within your library. This update also includes other important stability and performance improvements.

The fact that it mentions “searching a large library” shows that Apple does, indeed, care about those of us with large music collections.

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13 replies
  1. Tom Negrino says:

    “…an issue where new purchases in iCloud may not appear in your library if iTunes Match is turned on…”

    I was bitten by this one last week. iTunes support was apparently clueless about it, since they were unable to even tell me it was an iTunes problem. I could download purchased songs on my iOS devices, but iTunes said all items had been downloaded, though that wasn’t the case. I think part of the fix was on the server side, as the songs finally appeared as being in iCloud a couple of days ago, before 11.0.1 was available.

  2. pjs_boston says:

    I’m pleased to learn that Apple is being responsive to users bitten by teething bugs.

    That’s for posting your experience. It seems Apple is listening…

  3. Jim says:

    It’s good indeed to find things fixed relatively quickly. I wonder if we should expect further tiny incremental updates to follow.

    Perhaps it was the case that the new version was pushed out the door before absolute completion: after all, it had originally been announced for release in October, and then we were told to expect it ‘before the end of November’, a timing which was just barely met. It wouldn’t have looked good if a further delay had been announced for the sake of getting everything sorted out before release into the wild.

  4. Bobby says:

    Since upgrading to iTunes 11 and then 11.0.1, I am having an issue with sorting by artist.

    For Bob Dylan songs, for example, I am getting two distinct groupings of songs with “Bob Dylan” as the artist. I checked for other possible sorting issues that may be the reason for the separation but cannot find anything. There is no Album Artist listed for any of them, none are part of a compilation and there appears to be nothing distinguishing the files at all. In fact, when I look in the Finder at my iTunes folder, all of these songs are contained within the same “Bob Dylan” folder, just not displayed that way in iTunes.

    Any ideas on what could be causing this?


    • kirk says:

      This happened to me last week. I tried everything, checking all the tags, and what fixed it was changing the artist name for all the files at once to Test (use whatever you want that doesn’t exist in your library), then changing it back

  5. mike miledi says:

    Itunes 11.0 is god awful, way to break what wasn’t broken, you just made my listening experience more difficult for me. just another reason to use Spotify. An unhappy customer.

  6. D Jenkins says:

    I’m using iTunes 10.7 on Snow Leopard and am reasonably happy with it (104,000 songs in music library). But now iOS 7 REQUIRES iTunes 11.1. Have most of the iTunes 11 problems been resolved? From all I’ve read I’m really hesitant to go to v11!


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