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Old Dec 8, 2012, 01:49 PM   #1
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Am I the only one who hates iTunes 11?

Having used iTunes 11 for a bit, I thought I'd come here and find dozens of threads trashing it. Truth be told, I was hoping to get the opportunity to join in the venting and to pick up some ticks.

Anyway, I am not seeing those threads, so I am forced to create one.

Am I the only one who hates the way that the interface has been dumbed down?

I have a pretty large music library, something over 23,000 songs, and the amount of data to browse through and sort by was really useful.

Now I find that the app is really designed to be browsed like a jukebox full of covers, and accessing the amount of data I used to seems pretty challenging. When I see, for instance, that I have a song both in the cloud and locally being offered in my local library, I have to jump through little hoops to see which is higher resolution etc.

Am I missing something or has 11 brought us iTunes for Dummies? Or am I the dummy who just doesn't know how to use the app yet, and really it's brilliant?

HELP
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 02:02 PM   #2
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Allow me to answer: yes!

But seriously, I recommend giving it some time. Nice new features, fresh look and performance improvements make it a winner for me.
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 02:14 PM   #3
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I don't hate it; I just want the album art to be larger. It's tiny on a 27" screen.
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 02:26 PM   #4
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I dont have that large of a library so I don't face those problems. I have a small library - maybe 5 GB's. All in all, I love the 11. It's very polished and easy to use for me.
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 09:35 AM   #5
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Allow me to answer: yes!

But seriously, I recommend giving it some time. Nice new features, fresh look and performance improvements make it a winner for me.
the odd thing for me it seems to have become slower for me than itunes 10.7 was
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 03:19 PM   #6
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Audiobook Mess

Anybody noticed the Audiobook problem with iT11?
If an audiobook is imported from multiple CDs, iT11 arranges the tracks in the following order...

Disc 1, Track 1
Disc 2, Track 1
Disc 3, Track 1
Disc 1, Track 2
Disc 2, Track 2
Disc 3, Track 2
Disc 1, Track 3
Disc 2, Track 3
Disc 3, Track 3

..etc

Is Apple is trying to force us to acquire all our media from the iTunes store in order to listen in the correct order?
I accept that in the future physical media will cease to exist, but CDs and DVDs are still very much in existence and I for one have plenty waiting to be imported.
Apple have dropped the superdrive from the new iMac so they can show photos taken at a strategic angle to imply it's much thinner than the bulbous bulk at the back. It's a desktop machine - are they suggesting the slimline edges have freed up lots of useable desk space? Desk space that could be used to plug in an external Superdrive perhaps - hardly as elegant as an internal Superdrive.
Apple need to slow down and fix their current range of hardware and software instead of focusing on this relentless onslaught of underdeveloped, untested buggy new products.
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 04:26 PM   #7
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I just ran into the very same problem. Argh.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 04:35 PM   #8
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Has anyone else noticed that iTunes is now much slower recording the recently played songs?

I thought it was just me (after iTunes bungled my entire library on my iMac, and then my "fix" ended with me deleting artists S-Z... thank god for back ups) when my iMac would only record every 3rd or 4th track played in the "Recent" smart list. But then, on my MacBook I've recently noticed the same thing, however three hours later the list corrected itself.

Its not affecting the function of iTunes in a strict sense (i.e. the music still plays), but its a bizarre change. Good thing I'm not neurotic about music listening statistics anymore...
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Old Dec 8, 2012, 02:30 PM   #9
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I like it. It will be improved with time for anything that is lacking or is recommended
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 02:45 AM   #10
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I hate it. Constant crashing and a GUI that's more at home on a PC! Gone back to 10.7, although slower with a large collection at least it works!
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 03:37 AM   #11
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Pos

As steve jobs might have said it's a POS.
Looks very pretty but so much is bad, for instance albums occurring twice with one album having one song and the rest on the other, the rolling stones and rolling stones merging them into one another has taken me about 30 laborious minutes. Right now i am trying to import mp3's of Blonde on Blonde....no dice!
WTF, the maps cock up, then this I may have to reconsider my investment in Apple Inc!http://cdn.macrumors.com/vb/images/smilies/confused.gif

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Allow me to answer: yes!

But seriously, I recommend giving it some time. Nice new features, fresh look and performance improvements make it a winner for me.
I agree with the original poster it really is itunes for dummies, really dumbed down and very difficult to edit and keep your library in some semblance of order.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 03:38 AM   #12
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Allready got used to it, love the mini player.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 04:23 AM   #13
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I also think it's a POS. Apple have not addressed the frustrations of users who ave large libraries of classical music.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 05:13 AM   #14
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It's another piece of Apple software for me to dump unless they get the missing features/bugs fixed fairly soon

and give me an option to turn this annoying up next feature off
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 12:01 PM   #15
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It's another piece of Apple software for me to dump unless they get the missing features/bugs fixed fairly soon

and give me an option to turn this annoying up next feature off
What makes it so annoying? Can't you just not click the Up Next button? All it does is make the same shuffle function more usable.
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 01:15 PM   #16
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What makes it so annoying? Can't you just not click the Up Next button? All it does is make the same shuffle function more usable.
keep getting popups asking if I want to clear the up next queue or just play what I selected
when I have played something it then resumes playing what was in the queue before

I want a system like we had previous
Use a queue if i want to, itunes dj did this and does work similar to up next
or
just play music and not use the queue, now I cant as everything gets added to it

for me up next is a very poor version of part of itunes dj functionality, it's just another one of these things apple keeps adding without giving users the option to turn it off if we don't want it
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Old Dec 17, 2012, 03:55 PM   #17
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I hate the new font
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 05:38 AM   #18
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iTunes 11 may be easier to see what to click on and how to use, but actually using it is just incredibly slower than in previous iterations.
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 08:44 PM   #19
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I would have rather Apple fixed bugs and improved the overall performance. Does anyone know if they repaired that glitch ?
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 05:13 AM   #20
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Straight up POS. Tim Cook is a nerd AND dumb, which shouldn't be possible. Apple is no more.

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...and IT11 is hardly an isolated instance. OS 10.7 is a counter-intuitive mess. The retina display macbook is pitifully slow. Then there's maps. Now the new imac is a non upgradeable turd. As are all the new macbooks.

Fortunately, I can now buy previous models at a sharp discount while the unsuspecting masses flock like sheep to the turd store with the apple logo.

This has turned me off to apple big time. I want to see them fail. Sadly, google, and microsoft are churning out far worse. It's a race to the bottom, boys, who gets there first?

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Old Dec 9, 2012, 05:51 AM   #21
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I say again, it stinks and I've gone to StreamToMe because home sharing doesn't work properly.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 06:30 AM   #22
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Hate it! Coverflow ...i want it back...and i want the shuffle function back without having to make a playlist...

Scrolling does not work properly...wish i could go back to the last version.


Also , why did they not bring a solution for multiple artists cd ?


They repaired something that wasn't broken....and now we are left with a mess.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 09:20 PM   #23
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I also think it's a POS. Apple have not addressed the frustrations of users who ave large libraries of classical music.
Somebody else has a classical library?!?! Yay, I'm not alone!

Okay, speaking as someone with 3964 "songs" (some "songs" for you non-classical people can run 10, 15, or more minutes!) taking 41.62 gb of space with a total runtime of 15.2 days, what do you find wrong with iTunes? I'm not criticizing, I just want to know.

For me last year, iTunes Match wasn't up to the task, even though I was able to upgrade a whole lot of my ripped cd's to 256bit aac. But it screwed with my album covers a lot and even when I reset my own album art to what I wanted, iTunes match would put it back again. And some albums would "match" everything except 1 song. (Not just classical, either: Billy Joel's Greatest Hits Vols 1 & 2 matched 24 out of 25 songs, but of course you could BUY the 25th song if you wanted!) So I finally turned it off and emptied out my icloud library entirely. I let the subscription expire a few weeks back.

Again my biggest complaint is the tiny displayed size of the album art. Must REALLY be small on a 15" rMBP!
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 03:49 PM   #24
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Am I the only one who hates the way that the interface has been dumbed down?
Most of my immediate frustrations were fixed by going to the menu bar:

View > Show Status Bar
View > Show Sidebar

They brought back the colored sidebar icons that they killed in iTunes 10. This makes me happy. They also made it insanely easy to toggle whether you can see your iTunes Match songs not stored locally (View > Hide Music in the Cloud).

I actually prefer it now to iTunes 10. Although it is beyond me why they did not simply enable the above options automatically for those upgrading and force the questionable interface changes on the new people.
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Bring back Cover Flow and I don't like the way my Books library is now sorted. I use to view them in category groups and choose the cover for each category (much like in iPhoto) now all I can do is have a list sorted in categories.

This version of iTunes feels very dumbed down to me.
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