iTunes 11 Arrives With a New Look and New Features

By Adrian Covert on at

Just in time for the release of iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 comes iTunes 11, which has an even more streamlined appearance, "edge-to-edge" design, and more an overall more visual feeling.

When viewing an album grid and you click an album, it will produce a dropdown menu, much like clicking a folder in iOS. There's also some weird new feature where artists can share new photos with you (which still doesn't make tons of sense). And there are new modal menus/windows for search and play queue, which likely take their inspiration from what the streaming services (Spotify, Rdio, Mog) are doing with their apps.

Another nice feature is that if you have iTunes collapsed into the mini player, you can search for a new track without having to expand the app, which will prove to be an efficient tool, we're sure. It's not a complete reinvention of iTunes, but the desktop version has certainly been iOS-ified. And there's one big question remaining to be answered: why is Apple waiting until late October to roll this out?

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For a full list of everything Apple announced at its September keynote, take a look over here.


For a full list of everything Apple announced at its September keynote, take a look over here.