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Genius Sidebar(need it back!!!)

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Pokypal Calculating status...
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Sep 26, 2010 4:15 PM
I downloaded the new version of Itunes(Itunes 10.01) and I realized it had Ping. I made a Ping account and then went to check my Genius Sidebar. I saw it was replaced with my Ping Sidebar. I turned off my Ping and it still didn't work. I really want my Genius Sidebar instead of my Ping Side bar. How can I get my Genius Side bar back?
Macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Andrew Karelias1 Calculating status...
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    Sep 26, 2010 4:20 PM (in response to Pokypal)
    I would also like to have my Genius sidebar back. It was most helpful for finding music to download similar to one's tastes. The new Ping bar is useless for me, I will hardly ever use Ping. I am sorry to say but social networking through a computer is not my cup of tea.
    MacPro 2 x 3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Bobsax Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Sep 27, 2010 2:52 PM (in response to Pokypal)
    What do you guys mean by sidebar?
    You can still have Genius show up in the menu.

    In the next update (or two) Apple should let us hide Ping.
    I almost feel sorry for the team that came up with it.
    They're probably sweating serious bricks! :o
    all the latest of Leopard except the old Tiger eMac, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,330 points)
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    Sep 27, 2010 3:04 PM (in response to Bobsax)
    What do you guys mean by sidebar?

    The sidebar on the right side of iTunes. Click the arrow/slider button at the lower right of the iTunes window.
    10.01 removed the *Genius sidebar* and replaced it with the *Ping sidebar*
    Mac mini (mid 2010) - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.4), silver mini, blue mini, silver shuffle, iTunes 10
  • a2bucks Calculating status...
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    Sep 27, 2010 5:22 PM (in response to Pokypal)
    Yes, bring back the Genius sidebar! That was the best way for me to find new music...AND PAY FOR IT APPLE! How stupid is that to take way a key way to find new music that we can then purchase through iTunes.
    Dell XPS, Windows 7
  • An Clar Calculating status...
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    Sep 27, 2010 5:26 PM (in response to a2bucks)
    Sorry y'all. Unless we can convince the powers that be that we want the ability to select between either the Genius sidebar or the Ping sidebar, the only way to get the Genius sidebar back is to backrev your iTunes to 10.0.
  • uberfoto Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Sep 27, 2010 5:40 PM (in response to Pokypal)
    Here's another vote for getting it back. I'd like to be able to switch between the two.

    Ping might be a cool idea but until it really gets up and going and users can get the hang of it, it's a bit dead and useless for discovering new music.
    MBP 15" i7 8GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • rtln Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
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    Sep 27, 2010 6:21 PM (in response to uberfoto)
    Ping is worthless and a poor "me-too" attempt at social networking. I liked the genius feature but it was irritating to have to wait for iTunes to "update my genius settings" every time I want to use iTunes.

    Every time Apple updates something these days, it makes it worse.
    Dual 1.8G4, MacBook Pro, iPhone 3Gs, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 13" MacBook Pro 2.53GHz, 4GB, 500GB
  • skyfein Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 27, 2010 11:02 PM (in response to rtln)
    Leave feedback for Apple here:

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/itunesapp.html
    MacBook 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • TimterNett Calculating status...
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    Sep 28, 2010 9:24 AM (in response to Pokypal)
    Right, the Genius sidebar is gone! Why? It was a much more appreciated feature than the Ping service I don't use (and none of my friends do, because sometimes buying music is a very private task and not everyone has to know what I buy). The Genius bar was cool, enabling me to discover new music (and for Apple to do business).

    Not very nice just to change this without asking during installation. I'm very disappointed about that!
    Please let me choose what service I want to use...

    Message was edited by: TimterNett
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Don Stubbs Calculating status...
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    Sep 28, 2010 9:46 AM (in response to Pokypal)
    I agree with the majority here. I have absolutely no interest in sharing my musical tastes via Ping.

    The Genius Recommendations sidebar, however, was absolutely the easiest way for Apple to sell more music to me.

    I'm going back to the previous version of iTunes until I have an option to choose between the Recommendations sidebar and Pong. Sorry, Ping.
    iMac Intel Duo 2.8, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • LTorres23 Calculating status...
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    Sep 28, 2010 6:53 PM (in response to Pokypal)
    +1 here. I would like to have the option to switch between them at least.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Music Photographer
  • LTorres23 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 28, 2010 6:54 PM (in response to LTorres23)
    It stills shows as a feature on iTunes Feature page... http://www.apple.com/itunes/features/
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.10), I also have a Windows XP machine
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