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Published on November 29th, 2012 | by Gizmodo

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iTunes 11 Is Finally Out: Here’s What’s New

Apple’s slightly overdue update to iTunes is out. Finally. It’s a sizable re-imagining of a piece of software used by a massive amount of people.

iTunes 11 Is Finally Out: Here's What's NewApple’s slightly overdue update to iTunes is out. Finally. It’s a sizable re-imagining of a piece of software used by a massive amount of people. So you should probably take a minute or two to acquaint yourself with the new stuff. Here’s what’s changed.

If you want to download iTunes 11 now, just check your Mac App Store software updates (or Apple Software Update for Windows), or keep refreshing here.

One of the biggest changes is how you get around in your Library. The old left-hand bar with Music, Movies, Podcasts, etc. is gone, replaced with a drop down in the top left of the app. The change frees up loads of screen space for more information, but also makes navigating to different forms of media slightly harder, so it’s a trade-off. If you decide it’s not worth the trade, you can get it back by clicking on View > Show Sidebar. You can get the status bar on the bottom back in the same way.

iTunes 11 Is Finally Out: Here's What's New

iTunes 11 Is Finally Out: Here's What's New

iTunes 11 Is Finally Out: Here's What's New

iTunes 11 Is Finally Out: Here's What's NewThis will either be the most minor change, since most of you probably don’t use the MiniPlayer, or be the thing that finally gets people to actually use the MiniPlayer. Apple’s stripped off most of the controls, like skip forward or backward, play and pause, and volume control, since Macs have hardware buttons for that now that are more efficient than using the mouse or trackpad. Still, they appear if you mouseover the pane—they’re just out of your way when you don’t need to look at them. The standard buttons check the next few songs, search the rest of your library, or just expand to the full window, or allow you to select which speakers (via AirPlay) you want to use. It’s probably not quite as efficient as keeping iTunes in a separate Space, but if you like having iTunes on your desktop in some form, it’s a nice and thoughtful change.

iTunes 11 Is Finally Out: Here's What's New

iTunes 11 Is Finally Out: Here's What's New

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