FAQ: Hide “Genre” in iTunes 8 under XP or Vista. [solved]
Tags: Genre | iTunesPrefs.xml | User Interface
Added On: 7th Mar 09
There used to be an option in the Preferences panel to Hide Genre when browsing, which changed the layout of the “browse” (Ctrl+B) panel to just 2 parts – artist and album. In iTunes 8 however, it proves to a little more tricky.
If you’re using a Mac, here’s how you fix it.
Thanks to Ocram’s Blog, we now have a solution:
- Close iTunes
- Open the iTunes Application Data folder*:
- In XP: “C:\Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes”.
- In Vista: “C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes”.
- Backup the “iTunesPrefs.xml” file by creating a copy named “iTunesPrefs.xml.backup” or similar.
- Open the iTunesPrefs.xml file in a text editor (eg *)
- Scroll down to the following line:
<key>User Preferences</key>. Below this line is this line:
<dict>. Immediately below this line, paste in the following:
- Save the file, and restart iTunes.
- Enjoy Genre-less browsing!
* The easiest way to get here is by typing “%appdata%” in the Run Command (Windows+R).
** NotePad++ is recommended by both me and the original post author.
Note: Thanks to the anonymous commenter for letting us know!
See posts with the “iTunesPrefs.xml” tag to see what else you can do with this!