iTunes 11 gives the media hub a much needed refresh Video
At long last, Apple has released iTunes 11, its updated version of the popular media software. In this Inside Scoop, CNET's Kara Tsuboi and Josh Lowensohn discuss new features like a mini-player, album view, and integrated camera for scanning gift cards.
Apple's Jeff Robin demos the company's new iTunes music app. Apple has reworked iTunes to feature a simplified user interface, iCloud integration, and a new mini player.
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iTunes makes it easy to find out which songs in your music library appear more than once. Listen to what Veronica has to say, and you'll be one step closer to clearing out room on your iPod.
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Apple iTunes Review
The good: The iTunes 11 interface is easier to navigate and is more intuitive than previous versions. The MiniPlayer has the right set of controls to keep the software out of your way while you do other things.
The bad: The app still takes up a lot of your computer's resources. The Windows version still lags behind the Mac.
The bottom line: iTunes 11 is a much-needed refresh with a new interface and a useful MiniPlayer, but it's still a little overly complex for its own good.
Apple iTunes Specs
Part number: ITUNES11
- Product Specifications
- Product Basic Spec