Monday, December 3, 2012

iTunes 11 is Finally Here

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We've been expecting iTunes 11 for a while now.  It was supposed to be released in October, but word came from Cupertino that they needed a little more time to work some bugs out.  So… at the end of November, iTunes 11 was released to not  too much fanfare.  However, there are some things in it that should make most users happier with this version over some of the previous more bloated versions from the past.
Over the years, iTunes had migrated from a regular old "music player" to the center of the Apple media world.  It ran iPods, iPhones, and iPads.  It stored and played movies and kept track of Apps.  It grew and grew to the point where it had become bloated, heavy, and slow.  It desperately needed to be reworked and so Apple had taken the bull by the horns and tried to tame the oversized multimedia beast.
All in all, I think they did a decent job of it.  While I do miss the lefthand navigation panel, they have made the experience easy to navigate by providing a button that allows you to toggle through the different sections like "movies",  "TV shows", "Playlists", etc.
The sheer number of images of album covers, book covers, etc is a bit overwhelming, but I think that may just take some getting used to.
The biggest thing for me is that the program appears to be more responsive & works with fewer delays than the bloated versions of the past.  Enjoy!

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