Initial Thoughts on iTunes 11

Apple finally released iTunes 11 on Thursday, and a number of readers have written asking what I think about it. I’ve been very busy looking into the nooks and crannies of the program for an extensive review which will be published on Macworld on Monday or Tuesday, so I haven’t had time to write anything here. My first impressions are mixed: while I applaud many of the interface changes, I’m unhappy about some of them which remove display options. Many users will need to get used to a lot to manage or organize their media libraries.

I’ll have much more to say in my review, and in future articles here, as well as in the update to my Take Control of iTunes, which I’ll be working on as soon as I’ve finished my review. So stay tuned for more about iTunes 11.

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3 replies
  1. asmeurer says:

    I used iTunes 11 for about 30 min before I went about determining how to downgrade to iTunes 10.7. The loss of iTunes DJ was a big one for me, though I probably could have worked up an equivalent solution using smart playlists and up next. The worst thing is that everywhere in iTunes 11 seems to assume that your track names are less than about 15-20 characters, which is bad news if you listen to classical music.

  2. Victor Carr says:

    Are you going to address the removal of the sort by Composer option? Being a classical music aficionado, I thought you would jump on this as it makes iTunes far less usable for classical music collectors.

    • kirk says:

      I mention in my extensive Macworld review that will go live tomorrow. But I’m going to post something here as well, dealing with the issues that affect classical music fans.


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