iTunes 11 Hands-On: So Fast and Clean You Might Actually Come Back

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iTunes 11 has arrived, dispensing with the outdated mediocrity of iTunes 10. (Download it here.) We couldn't wait to get our hands on the application's redesigned interface. Here's a look at the beautiful new design that might bring frustrated users back to Apple's beleaguered media player.

The first thing you notice when you fire up iTunes 11 is that it's so much faster than its predecessor. So fast. We can't believe it's iTunes. When scrolling through the iTunes' new graphics heavy album view, the tiles fly by. Apple must have completely rewritten the app to get these results.


Everything about the app feels fresher and easier to navigate thanks in large measure to the generous use of drop-down menus. When looking for music the whole screen is taken up by information about your jams instead of links to other sections of the application that you're not using. And when you use the drop-down menu in the top left corner to jump to views for podcasts, books, or apps, the interface isn't cluttered by the playlists you made for your ex-girlfriend.

The redesigned MiniPlayer is actually a tinier version of the iTunes interface instead of the useless box that hovered on your desktop before. Importantly, you can now jump around a playlist without having to open up the full application window. In other words, it's actually a MiniPlayer—the useful iTunes porthole we've been waiting for since mp3s became a thing in the "Gettin' Jiggy With it" era. Well done, Apple. [Apple]


Video by Nick Stango