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The latest version of iTunes gets a bit of a makeover on its surface and under the covers to make it look more like the mobile version of iTunes that sits on your iPhone and allow tighter integration with iCloud.

iTunes 11

The brand spanking new version of Apple’s iTunes desktop software has just been released. iTunes 11 can be downloaded from Apple’s website or upgraded within current versions of iTunes. Its arrival is a month later than originally planned — a recent report from the Wall Street Journal said that there were “engineering issues that required parts to be rebuilt” before it could be released to the public.

But the tweaks to the service are going to be very welcome to many. iTunes 11 gets a bit of a makeover on its surface and under the covers to make it look more like the mobile version of iTunes that sits on your iPhone and allow content to better integrate with other Apple devices.

The user interface is revamped with more focus on album cover art and contextual information like the upcoming songs in your queue. The iTunes Store will have personal recommendations for users, artists will have their own dedicated pages on which they can share photos and tour dates with fans. The mini player also has a new look, and the software is more tightly integrated with iCloud: With iTunes 11 users can start watching a video on their Mac in iTunes and pick it up later on an iPad or iPhone in the same spot, and any music, movies or TV shows purchased in iTunes on another device can be re-downloaded from iCloud on the desktop.

For a neat look back at how iTunes’ design has evolved since 2001, be sure to see the retrospective that Ars Technica recently put together.

Update: MacRumors picked up on a cool new previously unannounced feature: you can now redeem gift cards or free codes for the iTunes Store via your computer’s camera.

  1. Just installed iTunes 11. The 50 photo albums on my iPod Touch 5th generation finally line up A-Z. Previously, they were arranged in the order of their creation, no matter how I configured the folders and changed preferences. Nice.

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  2. It is very weird that at the exact moment I finished reading this blog, my Itunes reminded me to update to the latest version of Itunes. Scary.

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  3. Basically a nice update. I like the expanded view thing. But why the hell have they removed cover flow??? It was my favorite feature of iTunes. Just reckless.

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  4. Sorry but still using touch 2nd gen. What effect will itunes 11 have with that?

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  5. DON’T download itunes 11 it is a #(*#R(& enhancement the application starts and stops on its own… there isn’t a way to open playlists in separarte windows as with previous versions and the equalizer overrides song specific settings… good job apple… 15 steps backward…. what’s another music player alternative?

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  6. So how much does apple pay this stupid site to spew this pro-apple garbage? iTunes 11 is garbage. iTunes 10.7 was the best piece of software out there in its class, nothing else comes close. iTunes 11 lacks functionality they had in 10.7 and steals ideas from Zune on telling you how to display your music.

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  7. Am I taking crazy pills? There are users out there who think Itunes 11 is a nice update? Puh-lease. I have never seen a worse mangling of sa program. Itunes 11 was designed by some sort of sadist. Fortunately, reverting to Itunes 10.7 is not too difficult.

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  8. sometimes I wonder if the good reviews I see for iTunes 11 have been paid for by Apple. Because in every single way iTunes 11 is a major downgrade from everything that has come before it. Looking for music has become a headache and the program itself is impossible to dock on my windows 7 computer. That and many more quirks that I just can’t stand…

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