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Apple Already Working on First iTunes 11 Update, Will Restore Duplicate Song Detection

Apple Already Working on First iTunes 11 Update, Will Restore Duplicate Song Detection

In his largely positive review of iTunes 11, veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg reveals that Apple is planning an upcoming update to iTunes 11, which will restore one of the main features missing from the update – duplicate song detection.

He also notes, as others have, that Cover Flow is missing from iTunes 11, although that feature appears to have been dumped, and is unlikely to return. He also notes a couple of other bugs that will be fixed in the update:

The long-touted Cover Flow carousel of album covers has been dumped. The company says it found too few users considered it useful. A feature that finds duplicate entries is missing. Apple says it will soon be restored in a minor update of the program. 

In my tests, some album covers were missing in album view. Apple says this is a rare bug, but one it has solved and will fix in a minor update soon. Another bug the company says will be remedied prevents owners of Apple TVs from wirelessly streaming cloud-based movies to their TVs.

The most significant bit is the restoration of the duplicate finder – something which has been present in previous releases of iTunes for many years.

  1. MRonin says:

    This is a good start, now if they can fix the “fisher price” look they’ve given iTunes that would be awesome. But I’ll take the duplicate song function returning and album cover bug being fixed. After I fixed my bloated iTunes library (manually) I discovered that same bug effecting my library and iTunes claims it can’t find album covers from stuff I bought from the iTunes store.

    1. The new look is very thoughtful. I understand your feelings about the “fisher price” look but, if you want to reach a lot of people, you have to factor in that the majority aren’t very smart, lowering the average for the rest of us. It, therefore, becomes necessary to simplify so not to raise the bar too high for people who vote, play the lottery and celebrate birthdays.

      1. MRonin says:

        There is a vast gulf of difference between simplified and dumbed down. What Apple has done with the new UI in iTunes falls squarely in the dumbed down category. Given the sheer market share that iTunes has I suspect this is a design move based more on a designer(s) with a personal bent and nothing at all do with needing more eyes/ears/wallets in iTunes.

        Now it’s Apple’s product and they can do what they like with it. I as a consumer that pays for their products and have for the better part of thirty years now, will do my due diligence in pointing out when they have made a misstep and the redesign of iTunes is a HUGE one.

        Apple is increasingly making design decisions on both a hardware and software level which puts them in a precious position with it’s end users. This is obvious given the sheer number of people scratching their heads and asking “WTF?” when it comes to changes Apple is making. My fear is these aren’t risks which are as calculated as some perceive they are

  2. Alex says:

    How did they get their statistics for the cover-flow thing? Did they interview 6th-grade children or something? There’s a lot of people out there – in fact, I don’t know anybody who didn’t enjoy cover flow – that used it!

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