Apple released its newest version of iTunes yesterday, and it’s a complete overhaul to the entire program. As you would expect, that means there’s a few cool (somewhat) hidden features. Here are a few we’ve found especially helpful.
With any new iteration of software, you’re bound to have a bit of a learning curve as you get used to it. iTunes 11 is no different, and the first thing you’re greeted with when you launch it is a completely different main screen. The big news with iTunes 11 is the new interface, but hidden beneath that is some pretty cool functionality you might not notice at first glance.
Yes, You Can Get the Old iTunes Look Back (Sidebar and All)
- Get the sidebar back by clicking View > Show Sidebar (or hitting Alt+Cmd+S).
- Get the status bar back by clicking View > Show Status Bar (or hit Command+/).
- Click Songs in the top bar, and sort by Artist for the traditional list view.
Now, iTunes 11 should look about the same as iTunes 10.
Scan iTunes Gift Cards with Your Camera
- Head into the iTunes Store, and Click “Redeem” at the bottom of the screen under the “Manage” list (or click this link)
- Click “Use Camera”
- Hold your gift card up to the camera and wait for it to register.
That’s it! No more fumbling around typing a random string of letters and numbers together.
Expanded View Replaces Cover Flow
Expanded View also uses the album artwork as a background for the view (see image at right), so it creates a different background for each album. You can disable this if you want under iTunes > Preferences > General Preferences. Just uncheck the “Use custom colours for open albums, movies, etc” box.
The “Up Next” Feature Is Actually Awesome
You can do this from anywhere. Just right-click an album, artist or song, click “Add to Up Next” and it’s added to the queue. You can also click “Play Next” instead to add it to the top of the queue. To see what’s in your queue, click the list button in the middle of iTunes, and to view the previously played tracks, click the little clock icon. “Up Next” replaces iTunes DJ/Party Shuffle, so if you’re looking for those, you won’t find them. [clear]
Your Place Is Now Saved Across Devices
MiniPlayer Is More Functional
To enable MiniPlayer, just click the window icon in the top right corner and iTunes will shrink down. When you mouse over the window, you can control playback or search for new tracks. Otherwise, it displays the currently playing track.
Preview History Tracks What You Listen to In the Store
Search Is Now Universal
Also nice is the instant search results you get. Start typing a search, and iTunes starts delivering you results. Select what you want, and you’re taken there directly. It’s simple, but it works really well. [clear]
Apps Get a List View for Easy Trimming
All you need to do is select the Apps tab, then click “List”. This should come in really handy when you’re cleaning out old apps you don’t use anymore.