Today, Apple released it’s the 11th version of iTunes. Apple announced the new iTunes 11 during it’s media event where it announced the iPhone 5 and iPod updates. In my opinion, it is the best iTunes yet. It has new features that I know all the people who have iTunes would enjoy. Plus, unlike most Apple products, it’s free. Let’s take a look at the new features and you’ll see why you should spend a few minutes of your time downloading the best iTunes yet.
iTunes 11 features a new, slick, simplistic design. First off, you’ll notice that the new iTunes logo looks a lot like the Mac App Store (for those of you who are Mac users). After you click on this new logo, your eyes will be amazed. The new design of the new iTunes looks spectacular. Going through it, you’ll notice the boring left side bar and accompanying list that was next to it are both gone. Instead, the whole space, besides the top music control bar, is taken up by what you are looking at, whether it be your music organized by song, artist etc. or the iTunes store. Instead of the annoying side bar, there a small drop down menu that allows you to select what you want, such as music, videos, TV shows etc. This is the library drop down menu. As you move down through your different categories, the “look at” options on a sidebar below the music control sidebar changes to match what category you are looking at. Also, you can have an expanded view of your artists and albums. Just click on the album or artist to see the songs by the artist or in the album, from there you can add to your queue (which I will discuss in a moment) or play any song from the artist/album. The design of the new iTunes is stunning and you really should see it for yourself so download it or check out the image above. Okay, so we expected the looks of the app to change as it always does, what are the new features?
iTunes 11 has a new feature called Up Next, it allows you to add music that you want played in an order to a queue. You can add the songs to it randomly or you can select exactly when you want the music to be played. So for example, you scroll through your playlist and you want a song that you see to play next instead of whatever random song Shuffle will pick for you. Instead of waiting for the song that is currently on to change and hovering over the next song you want to play, just drag the song to the top music control bar and it is in your queue. Let’s say that you already put something in your queue but you want the song you just found to play next. At any time without pausing the song you’re on, you can change the song order, delete songs off your Up Next queue and add more to it. It really is a great feature and it particularly useful when you are working. Just search a song using the search bar, and drag the song into the queue. That’s it! This feature is also very useful with another feature called…
Let’s face it. The small minimized view of iTunes on iTunes 10 wasn’t very good. However, Apple saw this problem and decided to fi it and they did a great job with it. MiniPlayer allows you to play, pause, give a rating, add current song to queue or a playlist, you can go to the other songs by the band of the song that is playing if you have any other ones, you can see the song on the iTunes store and you can search any song that you want to play. In addition to being able to play the song, artist, genre etc. you look up, you can add them to your queue, whether it be a song, a 15 song album or all the songs of your favorite artist, you can add all the songs with one click, this goes for the search bar in regular sized iTunes as well. It can do all of this and the MiniPlayer is about the size of my pinky. It can do so much in such little space.
New Store Features
There are also new features from within the Store itself. There is now a history of the iTunes previews that you have listened to or watched in the past. Also, iCloud syncs these previews so that if you see a preview or listen to one on your iPhone on the go, you can see it again when you get home on your Mac, PC, iPad, iPod touch or another iPhone, any device anytime. All of the stores have been redesigned with simplicity in mind. There are easy to browse shelves that allow you to see popular music, movies, TV shows, apps etc. iTunes also has a genius-like feature which will give you recommendations based on music in your library, it’s called In The Store picks.
If Apple puts more and more emphasis on iCloud we are all going to run out of our 5 GB of free storage very quickly! Of course, none of what you do of what I’m about to tell you you can do with iTunes will use space but Apple is putting more emphasis on iCloud, for better or for worse. Anyways, there are a few new iCloud features in iTunes 11. With iCloud, you can access all of your content on all of your devices. Also, once you buy something off of iTunes on nay device, all of your other devices will have it too. If you’re online, you don’t even have to download it but if you want to download it for offline purposes, you can do that too with a press of a button. Also, iCloud will save your place on anything so that you can pause a video, be it a movie, TV show etc. on one device and continue playing it on another device at the same spot.
As you can see the new iTunes 11 has many new features that are very hard to turn down even if the program wasn’t free. So go and spend a few minutes of your time downloading it, it will be well worth your time.
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