Red Echo

September 16, 2008

I accidentally upgraded to iTunes 8. It comes with a new “Genre” column in the track browser. This feature is wasted space to me, but there is no menu item or preferences checkbox which will disable it. You can turn it off by pasting the following text into a Terminal window and pressing enter:

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

Relaunch iTunes and the Genre column will disappear.


  1. …there’s always been a genre column, hasn’t there?

    Comment by Asher — September 17, 2008 @ 4:59 am

  2. The track listing lets you choose from dozens of different columns, but what’s new in iTunes 8 is that the browser area (above the track listing) also has a Genre column in addition to Artist and Album. It’s possible that this column existed before, but that there was a way to disable it; in iTunes 8 there is no such option.

    Comment by Mars Saxman — September 17, 2008 @ 10:01 am

  3. They added the Genre view in the browser a while back, but had an option to disable it in preferences. It looks like they removed this option in iTunes 8. Thanks for the tip Mars!

    Comment by Mike Bailey — September 17, 2008 @ 1:17 pm