iTunes 11 – More Complete Search Results


This is the last in a series of articles about how to take advantage of some of the new features in iTunes 11.

Search results in iTunes 11 are better since iTunes now searches across all media types — songs, podcasts, movies, TV shows, books and apps. You no longer need to know which media type to search.

As in prior versions of iTunes, Search is located on the top right of the iTunes screen.
itunes search

After entering your search term(s), iTunes will return a list of results segregated by type (albums, songs, apps, etc.). In the initial result set, at most four items of each type are displayed.
itunes search list

If a media type has more than four results, the number of undisplayed results will be shown. In the example above, there are 43 more songs that were returned in the search for “one”. To see all of the results, click on the bar (‘Songs’, for example) to expand it.

If a search returns no results from your library, you can go directly to the iTunes Store and review the search results from there.
itunes search not found


If you only want to search a certain media type (such as music) and not across your entire library, you can do so by clicking on the down arrow next to the search icon.  Doing so will render a list of search types to pick from.  The list is context sensitive, meaning that depending on where you are (music, movies, apps, etc.), the list will be different.  Below is the search type list for Music.

itunes search by type

While the Search capabilities in iTunes 11 are not a major overhaul, the ability to return results across various media types (or not) is a pretty nice little feature.

About the Author

Judy Novotny

Judy is a computer veteran with 30 years of experience. She has owned everything from a TRS-80, Apple IIe and various Windows-based PCs. She is currently living in her Apple ecosystem at home consisting of an iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook, Apple TV, iPod nano and two Time Capsules. She is a fan of all things mobile since she got her first Palm Pilot in 1999. Check out her iPad app, Number Wizard, in the App Store. Follow her on Twitter @junovotech or at Junovo.com.

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