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  • The new Album View
  • The List of Songs
  • This is how the new MiniPlayer looks
  • More More White Space!
  • And again this beautiful beautiful art of the extended Album view
  • This beautiful art of the extended Album view

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Nordine Bjerke Senior editor

The long-expected new version of iTunes is finally out. Many have been waiting for it since Apple announced they were going to bring a complete redesign of their product. And an upgrade to iTunes 11 makes rather drastic changes as besides greatly altered interface, Apple has introduced such features as New MiniPlayer, Up Next and Playback syncing with iCloud.
The alterations were applied to many aspects of the utility: even the icon has a new look and can actually now be easily confused with the Mac App store one on the Dock. iTunes now has a much more colorful interface. The automatic background color for albums is a particularly delightful feature even though the whole interface now has even more white space than ever before. Unfortunately, Album view gives you no option of changing the overwhelming size of the album icons.

After cutting a great deal of features such as Cover Flow, DJ, DeDuper and Multiple windows iTunes became lighter and faster, which seems a great improvement since the program’s slow performance has been its greatest disadvantage for years. But it obviously became fast to the certain limits.

The new MiniPlayer sports some changes as well. Now it has the Up Next button enabling you to see what’s going to be played next as well as the search option. Now it likewise displays album covers. Some rather important features are now missing in it, though: a progress indicator and a volume bar.

The search option now allows you to search for your entire library including movies, TV shows, Podcasts and so on, which is a disadvantage for those with large collection of media files as they will have to wait for the results for quite some time. This problem, however, can be solved by unchecking the Search Entire Library function.

The interaction of your iTunes media across all your devices is much better now due to iCloud. Now you don’t need to have physical copies of all your content purchased in iTunes on all of your devices and machines. Besides, iCloud remembers where you stopped playing a movie or a TV show on your computer so you can continue watching it on, say, your notebook.

As Apple promised, iTunes has gone through radical amends. I cannot deny the beauty of its new Album view, though I can see how impractical it is. And now I can say that it can even be used as a player, not only as a music organizer. I didn't notice that it worked faster for me and I think that the features that have been omitted were actually rather useful. Well, there’s still a lot of space for perfection.

Pros

  • It seems to have become lighter and faster.
  • Improved search.
  • iCloud playback syncing.
  • The Up Next button in New MiniPlayer.
  • New colorful interface.

Cons

  • It is still rather heavy and resources consuming.
  • The New MiniPlayer misses a progress indicator and the volume bar.
  • You cannot change the overwhelming size of the album icons in Album View.
  • Such features as Cover Flow, DJ, DeDuper and Multiple windows have been removed.

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  • 10
    FAKHRU ISSA 2 months ago

    Welcome to the world of the new technology.

  • 2
    Lucas Axl Gamaleri 10 months ago

    It is one of my favourite programs installed on my laptop ever! It's very useful for music and movies' lovers and for students and teachers.

  • 1
    Sunny Cloud Last year

    Yes! This is must and grate software for music lovers and not just for them created by Mega Corporation called Apple! All should be fine with these guys if they wouldn't 'steal' not just uploaded music from CD's, but even purchased music! And I am very serious with and taking all responsibility of my words! At the time of writing this comment I've lost about 150$ on purchased music on iTunes. And all this mystical disappearance happening after the next iTunes version arrives.
    Am I alone with this statement or there are anyone with similar experience out there?
    User friendly? NO!
    Yes - and customer support is just horrible!


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