Apple changed the default iTunes user interface several versions ago. They dropped the Windows Explorer-like user interface in favor of a more modern one. Unfortunately, I didin’t like the new one.
Although the default changed, we can select some options in iTunes to restore the look &mdassh; and uasability — of the Explorer-like interface. Even better, it takes a few steps, but they’re easy steps.
The first step is to selsct the option pulldown in the top left corner of the iTunes windwo.
Once we click on the pulldown, the resulting options menu allows us to display the iTunes Menu Bar, which is one of the things that was missing in the new display.
So, we click on Show Menu Bar.
Now that we have a menu bar in iTunes, our next selection is under the View option on the menu bar.
The View menu bar selection gives us a number of options.
The one we want is Shaw Sidebar
Now, we have restored the original Explorer-like user interface of iTunes.
Once we add music, books, tv shows and movies, the right-hand side of the display will be populated.
In this case, iTunes is installed on my laptop so I can get the Apple drivers installed for tethering my iPhone with a USB cable (I can also use wireless to tether). I don’t sync my iPhone to this notebook, as you can only sync to one computer.