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

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.

Before:

After:

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

defaults write com.apple.itunes show-genre-when-browsing -bool FALSE

3. Close and reopen iTunes

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

defaults write com.apple.itunes show-genre-when-browsing -bool TRUE

David Kirk
David Kirk
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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