Apple Releases iTunes 11

Apple Releases iTunes 11

It’s finally here! After a great deal of anticipation – and a rare release delay from October to November – Apple has finally released iTunes 11. The new iTunes features an entirely new simplified design, redesigned iTunes, app, and content stores, and a preview history showing content you have already looked at.

Also new is a feature called “Up Next”, which allows you to que the next song or album you’d like to listen to. iCloud is also now able to remember where you left off when watching TV shows or movies in iTunes on the Mac.

But to really understand the new iTunes, you just have to jump in and use it! iTunes 11 is available now through Software Update on your Mac, or directly through Apple’s download page. It’s the biggest update to iTunes in years.

Enjoy – and let us know what you think!

Full release notes can be found below:

Introducing the new iTunes. With a dramatically simplified player, a completely redesigned Store, and iCloud features you’ll love—this is the best iTunes yet.

Completely Redesigned. iTunes makes it more fun to explore and enjoy your music, movies, and TV shows. You’ll love the beautiful edge-to-edge design, custom designs for each album, movie, or TV show in your library, and getting personal recommendations any time you click In the Store.

A New Store. The iTunes Store has been completely redesigned and now features a clean look that makes it simpler than ever to see what’s hot and discover new favorites.

Play purchases from iCloud. Your music, movie, and TV show purchases in iCloud now appear inside your library. Just sign-in with your Apple ID to see them. Double-click to play them directly from iCloud or download a copy you can sync to a device or play while offline.

Up Next. It’s now simple to see which songs are playing next, all from a single place. Just click the Up Next icon in the center display and they’ll instantly appear. You can even reorder, add, or skip songs whenever you like.

New MiniPlayer. You can now do a whole lot more with a lot less space. In addition to showing what’s playing, MiniPlayer now includes album art, adds Up Next, and makes it easy to search for something new to play—all from a smaller and more elegant design.

Improved search. It’s never been easier to find what you’re looking for in iTunes. Just type in the search field and you’ll instantly see results from across your entire library. Select any result and iTunes takes you right to it.

Playback syncing. iCloud now remembers your place in a movie or TV show for you. Whenever you play the same movie or episode from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV, it will continue right where you left off.

  1. MRonin says:

    Ook, been sitting with the new iTunes for an hour now and thus far can I see no compelling reason to update. I can actually see a couple reasons to avoid it.

    1. Yeah? Why is that?

      1. MRonin says:

        One is purely personal and that’s the redesign of the UI. I just don’t see it as being all that and a bag of chips. It doesn’t look ‘simplified’ it looks dumbed down, it looks like it was designed for an 8 year old. Second is the most annoying pop up in the world, which is the up next warning when it’s clearing items. Third is again personal which is the whole up next thing which seems to me a feature for the sake of saying “hey here is this new feature” but serves no other purpose. The elimination of showing duplicates. Oh and duplicates abound now. My iTunes library some how balloned to triple it’s size with two, three, and sometimes four copies of the same file. I’m currently running a script to attempt to eliminate the massive amount of dupes since there is no way to do it via iTunes anymore except manually. The other UI element of making non customizable buttons along the top third for ‘music’ ‘movies’ etc is the third most annoying feature after the up next pop up and the lack of duplicate display.

        1. cn says:

          ..and you can no longer have multiple windows!

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