Review: iTunes 11 adds cool features, but can be jarring to longtime users
Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:20 AM
The missing sidebar is an annoyance and the "add to" button which will bring up a sidebar is misleading.
All in all I will not upgrade any of my other computers to iTunes 11 until these items are fixed.
In a sad, note I think Apple's Quality Control is slipping.
Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:22 AM
Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:26 AM
I had just started a new iTunes library with higher quality rips of our own music. The library was maybe 60 albums strong when I updated to 11. All I saw was a huge jumble of "cloud albums", which I had never seen, with our albums interspersed. No sidebar. No list view. No album size adjustment slider. Tiny thumbnail in the progress area. ... Found the sidebar and status bar. Turned off the "cloud albums" and things were mostly back to normal.
These "cloud albums" must have been a few long forgotten iTunes purchases of compilation albums, which had their individual tracks listed as albums.
I do like the idea of expanding the album art and displaying the track list, the concept of up next, and that is about it. Several handy or visual features have been removed for no apparent reason. Search only showing for results at first. Searching my library I'm getting "unknown album" search results that link to additional albums in the iTunes store?! Still no option to verify the track list data & album art before converting a CD. Plenty of times it will have incorrect info and no cover or sometimes a different cover. No cover flow, which I typically use for the over size album art while the system is playing music.
And those are just some of my observations.
When we had the iMovie makeover, we gained some functionality we couldn't have gotten otherwise. No such thing with iTunes. It is a huge program without practical improvements where it needed it most, which is dealing with mobile devices. For me they should separate the whole mobile apps, backup, sync thing and return iTunes to a sleek fast music library.
Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:45 AM
I agree the button could be more prominent, but the fact that the green button now does what all other MacOS applications does is a huge step forward. It was always frustrating to press the button and get the miniplayer instead of a fully expanded window.
I was surprised that I quickly warmed up to the new interface, although many of the old interfaces are still there and just as ugly. The songs view is one that jumps to mind.
Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:08 AM
Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:39 AM
Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:50 AM
In Albums view, double-click an album to start playing it. This also expands it.
Posted 05 December 2012 - 07:26 AM
I find this view best suited for me.
I rip my CD's and then I want to give the album cover art or to change tags. Easy to do with Command+I in Album List view. This is now no longer possible.
I don't mind the disappearance of Cover flow; it was a nice gimmick. That's all.
The review confirms my initial impression. I don't like what Apple is doing with this new version of iTunes. Too much clicking. Useless interface gimmicks.
The additional bar with "Songs" "Albums" "Artist", etc. take up too much vertical space (annoying with small screens such as Macbook Air 11 inch).
And why the change of font to Helvetica which simply does not look all that good on a non retina screen.
I have reverted to iTunes 10,6.3 (yes) the easiest way: restore the whole system to the state just before installing iTunes 11 from a complete Time Machine backup.