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Currently the only filters for search in iTunes are by song, album, artist and composer. Is there a way to search by genre in iTunes?

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Seems like you cannot search by genre in iTunes, however you can perform a search request like this in Spotlight: kind:music genre:jazz which will reveal all for tracks that have genre set to jazz in their tags.

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That’s good to know, thanks, but is far from fast workflow (faster / more natural workflow for me: entering a keyword in MiniPlayer / search and getting instant results on Genre, just as there are for Song, Artist, Album, etc. –  Siniša Šašić May 7 at 16:31
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Unfortunately, you cannot do that from within iTunes. You can only search either with Spotlight or via an automator script. –  kervich May 7 at 17:57

Assuming you are using iTunes 11 then there is a bar under the window that shows what is currently playing and one of the buttons should say Genre and will usually be 4th from the left. If you click on that then it should sort your library by genre. Hope this helps!

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Yes, I know, but that’s not what I can use in search. Example of this would be entering a keyword in MiniPlayer / search and getting instant results on Genre, just as there are for Song, Artist, Album, etc. –  Siniša Šašić May 7 at 16:28

Just type genre name (or part of name) in search box in iTunes and it's find all results.

(Doesn't work in MiniPlayer mode, only in full mode)

Did you forget to press Return for actual search in library?

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This does not work. The closest you get is the filter by option on the search button but that doesn't even have a genre option. –  Appleguy1999 May 7 at 23:33
    
Nope, it won’t. If I enter i.e. new wave in search in iTunes it will just show albums and songs, not genre nor any relations to it. –  Siniša Šašić May 8 at 10:08
    
Select the Genres tab, or are you sure your tracks properly tagged? –  mtayler May 8 at 10:48
    
…Or I could simply go to the Genres tab itself and select it, but that’s not the flow (intuitively) expected from search field that shows instant results for all the other categories (Album, Artist, etc.). It’s simple: I should type ⌘ + F getting the search field in focus and then just start typing some genre and get instant suggestion. –  Siniša Šašić May 27 at 13:53

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