But hardly in the majority as a beefy plurality actually likes it. No accounting for sense? Or taste? In truth, there are plenty of good reasons to both love and hate iTunes 11, because it all depends on how you use it.

Not a huge survey, mind you, but Macworld UK queried more than 650 users and found that, of the 80 percent that had made the upgrade, 21 percent “hate” iTunes 11. Or, put the other way ’round, 79 percent didn’t.

That said, 44.7 percent said that they love iTunes 11, which is well under a majority, yet a healthy plurality nonetheless. In general, the professional reviewers agree with the overall conclusion — iTunes is a big improvement, especially the user interface, navigation and greatly improved Mini Player.

Though unwilling to proclaim undying love for the upgrade, I’ve been enjoying the new keyboard shortcuts.

iTunes 11 Hate

The people who don’t like, or can’t be made to care about, iTunes 11 are quite often post PC — it just isn’t relevant for those that spend most of their time on an iPad or iPhone. The other constituency among the haters is the curmudgeonly, the folks who miss the “burn to disk” button or some other forgotten legacy feature.

Bugs were off putting, too, with 18-plus percent saying issues influenced their opinion. However, Macworld UK’s survey was collected before the release of iTunes 11.0.1, which squashes many of the outstanding bugs and, this is the good part, brings back the show duplicates feature.

Burn to disk, really? Strange that anyone would mourn those endlessly scratchable plastic platters…

What’s your take?

  1. I Just miss cover flow. And why does the menu bar have to be so ugly looking on the new iTunes if you enable it. There is also a horrible bug when updating apps. When on the screen with all updates, if I want to see more information, I would click on the app’s logo. This takes me to the app’s page. One there, on iTunes 10 there would be an update button where the download button would be. Now on 11, when the page loads, all I see is a downloaded sign as if the app had no update. This means I have to go back to the screen with all updateable apps just to update them. And no I will not update them jut on my phone and transfer the purchases. It’s annoying.

  2. I like iTunes 11, and I think it is a huge improvement over the previous versions.

    I have v11.01 installed. For App updates, click the “Check for Updates” button at the bottom of the window. If updates are available, iTunes will display the updated app icons on the “My App Updates” page. From here, you can choose to download each updated app separately or all at once.

    To get app update information, click an app icon and iTunes will display the app’s page on the App Store. The app’s page download button is grayed-out; however, it’s not necessary since the download buttons already appear on your My App Updates page (just click the back arrow).

    I think the removal of the burn to disk button helps keep the new interface uncluttered with seldom used features. However, the capability to burn to disk is still exists. Just select a playlist then “Burn Playlist to Disc” under the File menu. You can also choose “Burn Playlist to Disc” by right-clicking on the selected playlist, or by clicking the gear icon at the bottom of the Playlist column.

  3. I’d like to see iTunes push toward even greater minimalism. iOS apps should not be managed through iTunes. On a Mac, it would make more sense if all apps, regardless of platform were handled by the App Store app.

    Much innovation is being held back because they’re trying to cater to a monolithic application used by a Windows-installed user base.

  4. iTunes 11 is just fine. The iOS Remote App was updated too and is a must have app if you stream music through out you home.

  5. Hate the skin, looks cheap. Why can’t Apple’s apps share the same look as Safari? Or even allow customization? Icons are too small.


  7. I just want them to re-instate the option to have the column browser on the left. It’s stupid having it above the main window as you can only see a few rows, especially as most people now have widescreen monitors. Whatever ‘genius’ at Apple decided on that one clearly needs to re-take ‘user interface design 101’. I’m not a fan of the new search drop down menu either, it’s too fussy and I prefer the old search where results were displayed in the main window.

  8. I don’t happen to like itunes 11 either because i found that if an album has songs that has a featuring artist itunes puts those in a separate set of songs for the album. thus making 2 sets of songs for one album one set being the main artist’s songs and the second set being the featuring artists songs. whoever thought it was a good idea to do that should rethink that and fix it so all the songs are under the same album or artist since when you search for an artist u will get maybe 4 or 5 songs of the say 10 or 11 which is stupid. put them all back where they belong under one heading and with the album.

  9. iTunes 11 now requires a person to login just to listen to the radio! They never had that feature with the older versions. UGH.

  10. 1) It’s ugly. It looks like something a three year old vomited up. I don’t want them picking garish background filth colors for me that are uglier than homemade sin. I want a clean, plain interface like I had before, that looked the way I had it set up for years and years–all the way back to the SoundJam days. That’s how long I’ve been using this program. And what is with those stupid little paint chips for the mini player. They look like puke.

    2) Most of the people who like it are low class morons who listen to the filth known as pop music, and have maybe 20 songs in their entire collection, but, well, what else would low-class morons do but listen to the same stupid filth over and over again? The rest of us out here are connoisseurs who have extensive collections of thousands of albums of a variety of genres, and iTunes post-10 is utterly worthless at keeping such a large file library organized.

    3) It’s as slow as it is ugly. It takes far too long to find things and listen to music than it does with iTunes 10.

    4) It’s as clunky as it is slow and ugly. Nothing is intuitive and everything is done stupidly. Things aren’t where they normally are. It randomly does stupid things that make no sense at all.

    5) It’s not worth a damn for those of us who aren’t the trendy braindead wasting their lives away with their overpriced iPad trash. Some of us have grown up computers and use them. We were spat on. Intentionally.

    6) For my mother, who is 77 years old and is computer illiterate, Cover Flow was something she could relate to. She could flip through selections to find what she wanted like flipping through an old LP collection. It made her feel connected. Her vision also isn’t what it used to be. When I made the covers of albums large enough in the view screen, she could see those better than she could make out the tiny print on the songs screen. Now the scum at Apple have taken those covers away from her. Now she feels lost and can’t figure out how to listen to her music anymore without me there to help. Thanks a lot, Apple scum, for making an old woman cry.

    I downloaded Pacifist and went back to the last iTunes that was worth a damn. I will never accept the new iTunes filth. Ever.

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