Apple Releases iTunes 11 With Re-design, Mini-Player, And New Navigation Controls [Updates]

iTunes 11 icon   Apple Releases iTunes 11 With Re design, Mini Player, And New Navigation Controls [Updates]Apple just released version 11 of iTunes, nearly a month after it was originally scheduled to release. The new cross-platform Mac and PC update includes a significant re-design to the user interface, plus new and expanded features designed to make the application easier to use.

Also for the first time, the iTunes 11 update can be downloaded through the Mac App Store instead of via the application itself, or directly from the Apple website. Over the years iTunes has expanded well beyond a music player. It now serves as a mobile app and iBooks store, as well as a video rental and DVD download outlet.

When you launch the new update, you definitely see differences in the design. It sports a cleaner, more minimalist look, with emphasis on album covers rather than playlists.

iTunes 11 update   Apple Releases iTunes 11 With Re design, Mini Player, And New Navigation Controls [Updates]

Clicking on an album reveals its song list, and play controls.

iTunes song list   Apple Releases iTunes 11 With Re design, Mini Player, And New Navigation Controls [Updates]

The background color for the list of songs matches the primary colors of the album itself. Clicking on the “In the Store” button reveals other songs and albums by the selected artist or group. This new feature keeps both the user’s iTunes library and the Store open and accessible at the same time.

The mini player for iTunes has also been expanded so that users get a list of upcoming songs, the ability to search songs, switch to Air Play, as well as the ability to favorite songs and add them to existing playlists.

Mini itunes player   Apple Releases iTunes 11 With Re design, Mini Player, And New Navigation Controls [Updates]

MakeUseOf will have a full review of iTunes 11 posted soon.

Source: Mashable

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18 Comments -

Ryan McGee

I just got iTunes 11 a few days ago, and i must say its a great improvement

Din One

Yes i already try it and i agree with what are you saying about..

Bakari Chavanu

I agree, Ryan, it does seem to have cleaner user interface, though all the features are still there.

NotoriousZeus

Love the new look and the direction apple is heading..

Jagbir Sembhi

nice improvements

Macwitty

Faster but all of these drop-down menus and extra clicks. Glad that you can choose the old menu at the right. I would love more shortcuts to be able to use the keybord all the time

Bakari Chavanu

Macwitty, totally agree about more keyboard shortcuts.

John Hannibal Swift

I actually like this new version. The match functions are much easier to use, playlist creation likewise, and it doesn’t constantly chew my hard drive like version 10 did, permanently scanning for new matches for the cloud. All in all a definite improvement. Now get them to add Twitter and/or Facebook posting.

Bakari Chavanu

Hey John, you’re right, they did take out the social networking connections. That is a step backwards, especially those features now exist in other Mac apps.

Félix S. De Jesús

Super Great improvement, they are returning some features from previous versions, including Mini Player, which is good!!

Bakari Chavanu

Yep, agree, Félix, the Mini Player is awesome.

Rajaa Chowdhury

I updated day before yesterday at evening and already started liking the new interface.

Anonymous

don’t know about this update but i used the 9 and 10 version and i swear to never install iTunes in my windows :p

thu ya

thanks for the update.

Bakari Chavanu

You’re welcome.

Kamelion Kamel

it’s nice
but i have a problem with itunes store :(

Bakari Chavanu

What problem is that?