We were promised a massive overhaul this year, and Apple has finally delivered. iTunes 11 is available to download right now.
It’s the biggest iTunes update yet, both in the sense that it weighs 200MB, and in bringing a host of new features and changes to the iTunes UI.
For starters, we have a new library view for your iTunes 11 content, which ultimately means you’re looking at an array of covers for music and video.
Clicking on an album expands the track list in the same screen, allowing you to play tracks or whatever, then go right back to browsing your content.
In the expanded list, there’s also an ‘In the Store’ tab, with new releases and ‘top albums’ from the artist, and a list of recommended songs. Again, this is all within the library view; it’s all integrated.
All the player information is crammed (in a good way) into the top bar. Clicking on the little list icon shows ‘Up Next’ – essentially a ‘now playing’ kinda thing.
Toggling between your Library and the iTunes Store is easier than ever, with a little button in the top right.
Speaking of the iTunes 11 Store, it’s been given a fairly radical overhaul, bringing it in line with the iOS 6 version. The Store also remembers content you’ve previewed. Neat.
Finally, iCloud does all sorts of fancy stuff, like syncing content across devices, and welcoming offline play (just click the new Download button). And if you start watching something on your Mac, for example, you can continue watching on another device.
And that’s iTunes 11. I think I kinda like it.