The new iTunes includes 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.
This update to the new iTunes addresses an issue where new purchases in iCloud may not appear in your library if iTunes Match is turned on, makes iTunes more responsive when searching a large library, fixes a problem where the AirPlay button may not appear as expected, and adds the ability to display duplicate items within your library. This update also includes other important stability and performance improvements.
iTunes 11 has been released by Apple, offering a fairly significant update to the music player and iOS device syncing app. A variety of new features have been added, the user interface has been redesigned and modernized, a new mini-player has been included, and there’s even a redesigned icon to go with it. This is the first major update to iTunes in quite some time and is available for both Mac OS X and Windows users.
Download iTunes 11
There are a variety of ways to grab the latest version:
Download from the Mac App Store (OS X 10.8 or later)
Get it from Software Update from the Apple menu (OS X 10.7 and before)
If you find any particular method unavailable, downloading directly from Apple should work without incident. Entering email addresses is not necessary to get it from Apple, clicking the giant blue Download button is sufficient to start downloading the installer
Apple will be delaying the launch of a much-anticipated refresh to iTunes by a month. It had earlier announced that iTunes 11 will be released in October but that has been pushed to November-end. “The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right. We look forward to releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface, and seamless integration with iCloud before the end of November,” Apple spokesperson, spokesman Tom Neumayr told All Things D.
We are not sure whether this delay is due to the top management change at Apple that were announced yesterday or simply a learning from the Maps situation, when Apple released a software that wasn’t even close to ready for primetime. The iTunes refresh is supposed to make the aging sync and media player software simple and intuitive to use. When Apple had introduced iTunes, it was only supposed to be a music player software but now also does movies, TV shows, books, apps apart from being the sync software for all iOS devices including iPods, iPhones and iPads. Needless to say it has become a bloated piece of software, which is at the top of almost every iTunes user’s list of major irritants.
The refreshed iTunes aims to solve that problem by making the interface simple and cleaner. iTunes 11 is expected to offer a simpler library view with content segregated according to type and bring an expanded view when one clicks on an album so that the user can continue to browse other albums without having to go back. It will also bring a MiniPlayer that provides easy access to next tracks queued in the playlist along with a search option to add new tracks. The iTunes Store will also get a UI refresh. It will also play better with iCloud providing users access to any new content bought across all devices and the option to download the content for offline use.
While no one would be pleased by the delay (unless you are Google, Microsoft, Nokia or Samsung), we prefer having the delay than using a half-baked product.