First Look on Apple’s iTunes 11

Apple's iTunes 11

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After rolling out iTunes 11 yesterday, Apple’s latest media store iteration represents a clean up interface, improved performance, and enhanced features. Basically, the media store ditches numerous menu options.

There’s also the new user’s library that can be navigated via drop-down menu. This features various options for Music, Movies and TV Shows. What’s cool about this is that Apple automatically greets its users with instructions on how navigate the new software.

Movies, Songs and Other Features

Apple made a dedicated list under the “Movies” section to help users sort their content. This includes the “Unwatched” tab and a dedicated section for the “Home Videos” category.

On the other hand, the “Songs” section is ideal for those who prefer the classic look of their music in iTunes. It still has the default sorting options such as Genres, Artists and Albums, which can be found above the available collection.

Albums, Artists and MiniPlayer

The “Albums” tab offers users their entire collection of albums, which is presented in large album art. For content that is available through iCloud and not locally stored, it is identified with an iCloud logo at the upper right corner of the album cover. The logo will appear regardless whether the content is purchased from iTunes or made available through iTunes Match.

Clicking the album art also opens a larger window that displays the cover and iTunes control. Users can bring back the player to full-size by clicking the icon at the upper left corner of the MiniPlayer. In addition, the MiniPlayer can be accessed via link in the upper right part of the window.

On the other hand, the “Artists” tab presents the artist’s name on the left with one square album art. On the right are the songs that are sorted by album with album cover, names, and dates. It is also easy to identify if the content is available through iCloud because of its download link at the right side.

The Albums and Artists views also features Apple’s new “In the Store” link. This makes it easy for users to find more content from their favorite artists. The good thing about this is that the available content is presented on the same window. That way, users no longer need to check a separate window for store content.

Those who access the iTunes Store using their iPad will find the new layout to be familiar. That’s because iTunes 11 blurs the line between the iPad and Mac platforms more.

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