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]