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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser Apps
In iTunes 7, a preferences setting let you disable the Genre column when using the Browser pane -- so you'd see just Artist and Album. In iTunes 8, that preference is gone. Thankfully, for those who dislike seeing Genre, the ability to disable that column still exists. Quit iTunes, launch Terminal, and enter this command:
defaults write com.apple.iTunes show-genre-when-browsing -bool FALSE
Relaunch iTunes, open the browser, and you'll notice the Genre column has vanished. You can reverse this by quitting iTunes and repeating the above command, but with TRUE instead of FALSE. (You can also delete the pref if you wish; see the iTunes 8 store links hint for an example of how to do that.)
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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: zukitt on Sep 09, '08 09:43:36PM

What happened to Ministore?



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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: scotty321 on Sep 10, '08 01:30:18PM

Ministore is part of Genius.



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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: junklight on Sep 09, '08 11:13:30PM

Thank you. This was my first annoyance on trying it last night. This morning - sorted...

I knew the internet wouldn't let me down!



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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: brett_x on Sep 10, '08 09:14:30AM

I second that. THANK YOU!!



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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: maaac on Sep 10, '08 12:12:27AM
Why not simply do this via the menu: view or via cmd+b?

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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: maaac on Sep 10, '08 12:15:10AM

Nevermind, I didn't read the hint thoroughly.



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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: RobertBen on Sep 10, '08 05:24:55AM

Maybe because I had Genres enabled when I updated, but in View > View Options... (Command-J) I still see Genres and I can activate and deactivate it.

So is my iTunes 8 special or didn't the writer of this hint know where to activate and deactivate this option?



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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: Peganthyrus on Sep 10, '08 07:02:33AM

You're misreading it. Go to the list view and do apple-b (view->show browser) - he's referring to the 'genre' column at the left of the three panes that apple-b toggles on and off.



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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: Black on Sep 10, '08 07:05:59AM

Yes, the option to turn the genre option on and off is still in View Options, but that is not, I believe, the column that this hint is talking about (and yes, I was confused about it as well). The genre column that this hint appears to be describing is the column in the upper portion of the browser - the one that is used to filter the displayed tracks, not the genre column in the actual track listing (i.e., the one controlled by View Options).



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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: joseph.sofaer on Sep 10, '08 06:03:46PM

This is so helpful thank you



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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: RobertBen on Sep 11, '08 04:41:36AM

O.K, I see.

But because the browser (which starts with Genre) can be disabled with Command-B this hint seems a bit useless...



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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: RobertBen on Sep 11, '08 04:49:28AM

Sorry, I was wrong. I finally get what this hint is about and it definitely isn't useless.

Since I never use the Browser pane it took me a while to get this one...



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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: vmedlock on Sep 11, '08 08:43:23PM

Excellent! Thanks a million!



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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: asmeurer on Sep 13, '08 02:35:52PM

Thank you. The genre column is pretty useless to those of us who listen to one genre, or use that as our primary playlist division.



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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: Anonymous on Dec 25, '08 06:47:16PM

Thanks heaps! I thought id be the only freak annoyed by "genre" in the browser!



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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: clmason on Sep 09, '09 08:24:27PM


Argh, it's back in iTunes 9! Anyone have any idea how to disable?



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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: NestorHamblay on Sep 10, '09 03:24:46AM

Yep, iTunes 9 has changed something so that this hint doesn't work anymore. I'm now reminded constantly of how useless the genre browser column is.



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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: MartiNZ on Sep 10, '09 04:27:11AM

Yes they brought it back by default, but they also happily added in options (OMG!) for the view.

These are quite well hidden, I have to say, along with preferences for Grid View that seemed to have been lost as well. For browsing, when you have the browser active you can go View -> Column Browser for options on which columns to display, and also where to position the browser.

For Grid View, while I'm here, you can show the old size slider and options via options under View -> Grid View.

Most of this I've found out from MacRumours and AppleInsider, along with the keyboard shortcut that still exists for mini-player (thank goodness), cmd-shift-m.



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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: clmason on Sep 10, '09 06:34:15AM


Ah, you're right, this is a very nice improvement!



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Disable the Genre column in the iTunes 8 Browser
Authored by: NestorHamblay on Sep 10, '09 12:35:09PM

Excellent! Thanks for pointing that out, very helpful.



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