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Apple iTunes 12.1 update brings Notification Center widget

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has released one of the biggest updates to iTunes with 12.1 version for OS X. The update, which is about 212MB is available from the Mac Store brings a new Notification Center Widget and performance improvements.apple-itunes-12.1-screenshots

The widget can be used for viewing the song that is currently playing, skipping through a song and purchase of song through iTunes Radio. Playback controls in the notification center give the ability to access playlists without using the full iTunes window. The widget lacks volume control and the ability to view queued songs in a mini window. Movies, TV shows, podcasts can also be controlled through the Notification Center.

Apple stated that bug fixes for sync issues in iPod, iPhone and iPad while connecting to iTunes were fixed though it did not detail the performance improvements in the update. After the release of OS X Yosemite and iTunes 12, this is the first major update. However the feature is available only for OS X users who can launch the notification center and click the ‘Edit’ option to sign in.

The purchase option in iTunes Radio must be used cautiously as tracks are directly purchased once the song is added to the library and the user is not taken into any iTunes page to confirm the purchase. This can definitely trouble a section of users who might accidentally add a song to listen to it but does not intend to purchase.

The widget does lack certain features like library search, display cover art or track listing though they might be added gradually in the future. Apple released a series of updates this week including the latest iOS 8.1.3 update which fixed storage issues in iOS 8. OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 update was released for fixing Wi-Fi and web browser bugs. Download iTunes directly here.

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