iTunes 11 Is Here With A New Look And Better iCloud Features

Apple has finally completed its redesign of iTunes. The update brings lots of new features, including a simplified view of your media, a less space-consuming MiniPlayer, and the ability to save your songs, movies and shows in iCloud and download them for offline use.

We found the updated app to be much faster and snappier, loading things more quickly. It's also a little easier to navigate and the hover-over menus make finding things easier.

Because it's a complete redesign, however, you might wonder where everything went. Gone is the left-hand Library sidebar. Now all your media is shown in a grid that takes up the whole program's window. A drop-down menu at the top left of the screen is now how you navigate to other media types.

With a new "Expanded View", album and song information drops down in place, so you don't have to click away from your library when selecting songs.

Apple has also added an "Up Next" button to the smaller MiniPlayer and in iTunes as well so you can see which songs are coming up or choose a different one. The MiniPlay is actually useful now!

If you don't know what to listen to, iTunes will offer some recommendations as well.

iCloud integration means your purchases from the iTunes Store will be available on any device that is running iTunes. iCloud also promises to remember where you left off in the app so you can pause and then pick up in the same place when you come back to it, even from another device.

Finally, the iTunes Store has been revamped so it looks the same across all devices. It also has a preview history list so you won't forget that killer track or movie you meant to buy.

The update is available now for both PC and Mac. We had to use the main Apple Software Update (not the update checker within iTunes) to find it. The update is still rolling out, so you might have to wait a bit before you get it.

Introducing the new iTunes [Apple]


Comments

    This is great news. All older versions of iTunes sucked so hard, I thought they were a vaccum cleaner - seriously, they SUCKED a lot. Supposedly, the Mac version was better, but after playing with it, it was only marginally better. Best described as a "Jack of all trades, not even remotely a master of any".
    Here's hoping this product isn't a total steamer like the last one.

    Still a resource hog. Good to see Apple has their priorities in order /scarasm

    changing layout for change sake..... they could have just made it more efficient!

    I have a list of iTunes bugs on the floor but it's too heavy to lift, so off the top of my head:

    Will it still launch bring itself to the front every 30 seconds while doing background tasks?

    Will it actually properly display and allow you to search for composers in the iTune store? Or are they still just irrelevant contributors to the catalogue?

    Will it display text without truncation when you alter the DPI level on your Windows display?

    I don't get what you people want?

    It's a program to play music (more or less).
    For me, it does that, and syncs wirelessly/online for my ipad/iphone/macbook.

    When on my desktop (4½ year old windows machine), i play music. The program plays music.
    I can play games, browse internet, watch videos, whatever, while itunes is open and listening to music.

    I'm not saying it's perfect, or is the best media player, but I don't see how it "SUCKS SO HARD".

    Feedback to Apple:
    I was hoping you had finally fixed "Display Duplicates"... to the point where the PATH to each song is automatically shown. [Media Monkey does this Quite Well]. Instead, you have hidden the "Display Duplicates" option.
    It doesn't even rate a mention in the Help Section.
    Some would say at this stage that you have removed this feature, But I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. You haven't been that silly... have you?

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