XP/Vista: How to Remove Genre from Browser in iTunes 8

Posted September 10, 2008 by tipmonkies in Windows

In iTunes 8.0 no option exists for removing genre from the browser view. This tech-recipes tutorial describes how to do it manually.


Editing the files to do this requires a special free editor. Backing up any files before editing is highly recommended.

Be sure that iTunes is closed before starting.

1. Download and install Notepad++
2. In Notepad++ click File then Open
3. Paste the following location into the filename box and click the Open to open the correct file

%AppData%\Apple Computer\iTunes\iTunesPrefs.xml

4. Scroll just below the following section <key>User Preferences</key>
<dict>

5. Copy and paste the information below right after the “dict” section.

<key>show-genre-when-browsing</key>
<data>
AA==
</data>

6. Save the file and restart iTunes.

To reverse the changes, just delete this section or revert to your backed up version.

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