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The recently launched iTunes 11 happens to be the most comprehensive overhaul of the media management software from Apple since the launch in 2003. The latest interface has been refurbished and users will take some time to get acquainted with the new interface and so also to a number of features which has been dropped.
From a humble beginning in 2003 when it was just a jukebox for Macs, iTunes has come a long way to become one of the most popular software for playing, managing as well as buying music, movies and TV shows. Today the number of subscribers hooked to iTunes is in millions.
The iTunes had become a bit sluggish and bloated over the years of its existence as more and more features were added. An update was long overdue and finally Apple has effected it with iTunes 11. The update has definitely improved the look, feel and the speed of the program.
However it is not possible to please one and all. Users have been used to the features on the iTunes for such a long period that they will not be exactly happy about the axing of a number of features in the name of simplification. Overall the updated iTunes 11 is better with new capabilities and quicker search features.
One particularly useful feature is the expanded view which gives a bird eye view of all the details of the album which includes all the songs in the album.
There have been some minor changes in the program like The Sidebar which was featured in the earlier versions of iTunes has been dropped in the new version. The different media types such as music, movies, TV shows and podcast can now be selected from a drop down box and the choices are displayed on the top for a particular media type.
Another welcome addition is a feature which is known as Up Next where the user can place any song on the top of the queue and play it next. One can also see a history of songs which was played before.
One of the most ground breaking changes in the iTunes 11 is the integration of the program with the Apple’s iCloud service, which stores music and videos you have purchased from Apple. So now you need not worry about storing the songs on your systems hard disk. iTunes 11 allows you to stream the media files directly without downloading it.
The earlier Mini Player has been give a facelift and now features some extra functions like search, and Up Next.
Apple has with iTunes 11 made the program more user friendly and has also eschewed unnecessary features leading to a slicker and faster performance.