iTunes 12 expanding mini-player

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  1. macrem macrumors 65816

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    I just updated to iTunes 12.0.0.140. Now from the Mini-player in the bottom-left corner where there used to be a button (looked like the outline of a rectangle) to expand the window (like cmd-0), now the button represents a down arrow. Clicking it apparently does exactly the same thing as clicking on the album cover next just to the right...

    Why would Apple replace the only button that expanded the Mini-player, which was useful, with a redundant action?
     
  2. zaneliu macrumors 6502

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    wow I just realized that. i don't like this. Makes it so much harder now to switch between modes
     
  3. VKondakoff macrumors member

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    You can expand the mini-player by clicking on the round 'close' button in the upper left corner of the mini-player window.
     
  4. zaneliu macrumors 6502

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  5. Biedz1216 macrumors regular

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    if you hover over that button it tells you what it changed to "hide large art work" "show large art work" so idk I'm confident everyone will close the mini player and upon closing it learn oh cool thats how to expand it you just close it now. I love it so much easier just close it when you don't need it iTunes pops back up boom.
     
  6. macrem thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, I agree it's not intuitive but at least it works. Now going back to the Mini-player from the main window is an issue. With the old down arrow button, it would leave the Mini-player open so that when you were done with the main window you could close it and still have the Mini-player. Now "x" closes the Mini-player, it looks like you have to remember a key combo or use the Window menu to reopen it. I don't see a button to restore the Mini-player from the main iTunes window. They also keep changing this.
     
  7. Biedz1216 macrumors regular

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    I don't understand there's still a rectangle on the main window of iTunes on the cover art where the track is playing to click to get to The mini player
     
  8. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68020

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    Ridiculous.

    It's inconsistent nonsensical stuff like this that makes it seem like no one at Apple actually uses their own software.
     
  9. Webmason macrumors newbie

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    The issue with this already annoying solution they have concocted is that I literally have to adjust the size of the mini player window EVERY TIME to get the little x to show to expand the window. This is so stupid I can't believe it. I'm a super long time Apple user but Apple is losing me fast, and not just because of this...
     
  10. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68020

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    With that last update it's gotten so unusable I'm probably going to finally ditch iTunes as my media player & manager moving forward.

    ...a curiosity arrived in my office. An iMac with snow leopard on it. Blew it away, installed SL fresh, held off on the screwed up final SL update, and tried it out. The system operates as fast with its stock OS as our modern machines do with modern OSs. Opened iTunes... Simple, straightforward, clean, fast, well organized, efficient design. It even plays files in several formats. It works, is reliable, and looks beautiful and functionality is self-evident.

    Relative to that, it's been a continuous downward slide ever since. I don't know how bad they plan to let things get, but if it takes new leadership, then so be it.
     

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