iTunes 8: How to Remove Genre from Browser View in OS X

   Posted September 9, 2008 by David Kirk in Apple Mac

Many people do not use the genre setting in iTunes. The genre window therefore becomes annoying in the browser view. Here is how to disable or hide the genre column from iTunes.

Music often falls into more than one genre. People often classify songs differently. For these reasons and many more, the genre classification is frequently not used in iTunes. In the browser view, the genre column takes up a great deal of space.

This tutorial is for older versions of iTunes. In versions of iTunes 10 and later it is much more simple to configure the browser (or column) view.

Here is how to remove it.



1. Open Terminal
2. Enter this command and then hit Enter:

defaults write show-genre-when-browsing -bool FALSE

3. Close and reopen iTunes

Obviously, you can reverse these changes with the following command:

defaults write show-genre-when-browsing -bool TRUE


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David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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  • Tony

    Thank you for the fix, i could not for the life of my figure out how to remove the genre bar.

  • Paul

    Thanks for the usefull tip

  • great tip


  • azazaz

    thanks man, genre bugs the hellhounds out of me.

  • Leo

    This tip has saved my love of Macs. So incredibly lame that Genre is even included.

    Thanks a million.

    • My pleasure! Thanks for all the kind comments!

  • Jason Wilson

    Very nice and thanks. You should offer more cool terminal scripts if you don’t already.

  • Thank a lot 🙂

  • Brian

    Thank you SO MUCH.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks a million!

  • JIM

    Thank you so much.

  • Nick

    Thanks a million

  • Dan


  • tim

    genius. been trying to get rid of the genre list…’s ridiculous.
    Thanks a million!!!!

  • music is for lovers

    Thanks! So annoying that it’s not just a checkbox…

  • danny g


  • shawn

    man that pisses me off
    why would they take away ones ability to control that.
    thanks for the tip.

  • Jak

    Awesome – Thanks a bunch 🙂

    • guervo

      Ditto, genre is Lame.

  • luke

    thanks so much! why the hell did they remove the ability to hide/show genre in itunes 8?

  • Andy

    Thank you! I’ve hated the genre screen so much that i haven’t used iTunes in months.

    I wonder why Apple put that window there with no easy way to remove it…

  • genius! Honestly, does ANYONE actually use the genre thing/

  • mick

    Thank you, thank you!

  • Dustin

    Thanks that was getting annoying and now it looks so much better.

  • Howard

    duhhh… sorry I’m such a dolt but in the directions above… What does “Open Terminal” mean? Where’s the Terminal?