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Apple iTunes for Mac continues doing its thing, managing and playing your media, constructing playlists, selling music, and renting movies; but the interface is always evolving.

We updated Apple iTunes for Mac via Apple's Software Update, upgrading 10.7 to 11.0.4 without any issues. A dramatically redesigned interface was apparent right off the bat. The sidebar was gone--it can be restored--and all our albums were displayed in a grid of album covers. We scrolled through our 2,231 albums, smoothly and precisely, but iTunes 10 could not handle a library of this size very well, making browsing through our library a jerky, jumpy experience. When we clicked on an album cover, a list of songs and controls expands out right beneath it, in a dynamically created color scheme based off the album art--a very nice touch. We thought this was a vast improvement over Cover Flow, the previous, and now gone, integration of album art that was useless as a navigation tool. Clicking on a song now reveals a small arrow next to it, which when clicked opens up a context menu. From there, you can start a Genius-based shuffle, create a Genius playlist, or go to the song's associated Album or Artist view. We found the interface redesign to be a vast improvement, even extending to a dramatically upgraded Mini Player. We will miss the iTunes DJ feature, which was replaced by Up Next. Up Next shows you the next batch of songs that will play, whether you're listening to an album, playlist, or just shuffling. We were able to delete and reorder the songs listed, but couldn't add specific songs, which iTunes DJ could do.

Though many will complain about lost features, the fact is that iTunes 11 is a major improvement with a significant performance boost. People avoiding Apple iTunes for Mac for fear of losing certain features are missing out on a superior app.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Abysmal miss"

    January 26, 2014  |   By cnetlink31

    Version: Apple iTunes 11.1.4

    Pros

    I doesn't corrupt your OS kernel

    Cons

    Apple as a company is loosing its soul. iTunes is oriented to sell, not to enjoy music. Many 10.7 traditional features disappeared on the first iTunes 11 release and they are replaced by horrible implementations. I truly hate the lack of coverflow.
    I am running two computer, one with 10.7 for music, another with 11. to synchronize my iPhone/iPad - I guess I can survive like this for a couple of years, but it is time to start exploring other hardware options in anticipation of a continues deterioration of the Apple user experience.

    Summary

    iTunes 11 provides a horrible User experience. Stay with 10.7 if you are the type that really like listening to music.

    Updated on Jan 26, 2014

    BTW, I downgraded to 11.1.4 (form 10.7) only because my iPhone died and any replacement had iOS7 which requires iTunes 11 for IPhone/iPad management. Apple forced me to 'upgrade' to a lesser product, they apparently seem to know better what I should be using. Thank you very much Apple. How terribly disappointing.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "still some problems"

    October 25, 2013  |   By macdad614

    Version: Apple iTunes 11.1.2

    Pros

    faster (11.1.1) than previous versions.
    More useful info with the album display.

    Cons

    ONE album is displayed as several different albums but the same cover art.
    More difficult to change what I am duplicating in another format (Create New Version) other than mp3.

    Summary

    Better than previous versions. Do not know whether 11.1.2 makes any observable changes.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "no go for iphones4"

    October 14, 2013  |   By husarich

    Version: Apple iTunes 11.1.1

    Pros

    none really.....

    Cons

    Sync between iPhone4 and iTunes11 does not work.
    If you're considering a new iPhone just remember in the future apple's new software will not support your phone when it is 4 years old.

    Summary

    iPhone4 was/is a great model and functions wonderfully, but apple is not supporting it in their new software.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Great But Keeping Crashing"

    August 22, 2013  |   By Andy_Doson1

    Version: Apple iTunes 11.0.5

    Pros

    I have been the itunes users all the time, and I like it very much.

    Cons

    It keep crashing and I don't know why. I changed to other media player for mac, and the condition is normal.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "itunes was great/messed it all up now/cnet wrong post"

    June 5, 2013  |   By BongoBetty1

    Version: Apple iTunes 11.0.3

    Pros

    as far as pros to the new version of itunes, there aren't any!
    as far as what it used to be, it used to be great!!

    Cons

    1st of all, cnet should get it right, post the correct post. was supposed to be itunes 11 !
    itunes used to be great but now is more hassle than any kind of improvement. i am so sorry that i downloaded latest versions. when you search for a song you cant just drag and drop into a playlist anymore!! when you search for a song you dont know what playlist it is in!! you no longer have duplicates option!!! and NOW the artwork, which they say is improved can no longer be as enlarged as you like!! absolute crap!!! more negatives but too fed up to bother writing them now. itunes, GET IT TOGETHER and bring back these great options damn it!!! you guys are messing up big time and Steve would be anything but proud of you!!!

    Summary

    old itunes great!
    new itunes crap!!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "crashes a lot"

    May 28, 2013  |   By tappy727

    Version: Apple iTunes 11.0.3

    Pros

    When iTunes does not crash, it updates my iPhone, stream my movies.

    Cons

    It crashes a lot. Crashed when I plugged in my iPhone. Crashed when I stream movies to AppleTV.

    Summary

    iTunes on the Mac, crashes a lot, crash when streaming movie to AppleTV. It was a mistake to update. Should have stayed with 11.0.3.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Why Does CNET Keep Reviewing the WRONG version!!!!!"

    May 19, 2013  |   By man_en_noir

    Version: Apple iTunes 11.0.3

    Pros

    This review is for iTunes 10, but the link is for iTunes 11. And the differences between 10 and 11 are ENORMOUS. iTunes 10 was when the program was still useful and full featured. 11 has been completely made over and simplified, (read stripped bare) to the point it is practically useless!

    Cons

    Don't be fooled. The link on this page is for the new iTunes 11 which is a piece of crap. Good features have been removed. Users have been straight jacketed into Apple's philosophy of "Do it our way. Period!"

    How bad is iTunes 11. You cannot even open more than 1 window at a time. Yep, the feature that is ubiquitous in every single Mac program has been removed from iTunes 11.

    Summary

    I've seen this happen a number of times on CNET in the past few months. They put up a review of a previous version of the product instead of reviewing the new version, even when those versions could not be more different.

    CNET what the frac are you doing??????

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  • 1.0 stars

    "THIS DOES NOT WORK ON MY XP MACHINE"

    May 18, 2013  |   By dondjohnson

    Version: Apple iTunes 11.0.3

    Pros

    NONE. I COULD NOT GET PAST ITUNES STORE TRYING TO OPEN

    Cons

    WILL NOT OPEN THE ITUNES STORE. IT JUST CRASHES

    Summary

    I'VE TRIED SEVERAL DIFFERENT FIXES AND NONE WORK. IT TOOK ME 2 DAYS TO GET BACK TO 10.7

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Dumbed down - not upgraded and improved"

    April 16, 2013  |   By MyronVL

    Version: Apple iTunes 11.0.2

    Pros

    None for me on my iMac.

    Cons

    Dumbed down to the level and limitations of the iPad and other iOS devices. Too many features gone and no real enhancements to my "experience" on the iMac.

    Summary

    I have to agree. I have not updated to v11.x yet because of the bad reviews, but I checked it out at an Apple Store and hated it!!! Yes, most of the elegant and helpful features are gone. It's not like Apple to "change" their software with an update like Microsoft does all the time, but in this case they did just that. They changed it rather than improved it with additional features and functionality. I do not own an iPad nor do I "need" to (though they are nice), but do not dumb down the iMac desktops with the limitations of the iPad and other iOS devices. Apple should simply enhance the iMac with the additional functionality - not change it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "New version 11 is a disaster - DO NOT UPGRADE!"

    April 6, 2013  |   By tentedpgh

    Version: Apple iTunes 11.0.2

    Pros

    There are zero pros to iTunes 11.

    Cons

    It's riddled with bugs, options which were available in previous versions have been removed, user unfriendly. Don't believe me? Check out the numerous threads in the discussions forum on Apple's site. Steve Jobs is rolling in his grave over this version.

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