iTunes 11 Now Available: It’s Different In a Good Way

Apple has massively overhauled iTunes. The newest version, iTunes 11, is now available for download.

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Apple has massively overhauled iTunes. The newest version, iTunes 11, is now available for download. I haven’t spent a ton of meaningful time with it so far, except to make the following observations:

  • It didn’t make me restart my computer after being installed. (+1)
  • It didn’t make my computer sound like a Boeing 757 during takeoff. (+1)
  • It did (still) make my computer sound like a motorcycle with a sidecar traveling along a dirt road for 20 minutes while it downloaded all my recent purchases. (-1)
  • It did (still) make me wish this could all just be web-based instead of a program I have to install on all my computers. (-1)
  • Everything looks nicer. (+1)
  • The “Up Next” feature is cool. You can set all your music to shuffle, for instance, and it’ll show you which tracks are next in line. You can drag a track in there to hear it next or remove upcoming tracks to skip them. (+1)
  • I forgot that I own the Dumb and Dumber soundtrack (+Interesting)

The program seems to run considerably more smoothly than previous versions, so that’s a big plus. Here’s a list of the new features if you’re interested.

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3 comments
johnnyt74
johnnyt74

I had to reboot too on win 7.

TomBower
TomBower like.author.displayName 1 Like

That's odd. It DID require a reboot on my Win 7 machine.iTunes has consistently been one of the most troublesome programs I have ever used. Quicktime for Windows has always been a problem also compared to other media players. After eight years of use I have watched iTunes become more bloated and slower with each new version. Indeed I just tried to run the tutorial on iTunes 11 and it crashed which required a visit to the task manager to close it.I continue to use it as a way to get my music without paying a monthly fee as some other sources used to do. I now have lots of iTunes-based music so I'm almost locked into using it. I wish it were otherwise.