iTunes 9.0.1: Return of the Mini-Player


software-updateTwo weeks after introducing iTunes 9 at the “It’s Only Rock and Roll” music event, Apple (s aapl) has released the first update to the software.

Version 9.0.1 of iTunes cryptically addresses performance and stability, as well as resolving unnamed issues when browsing the iTunes Store. Syncing issues related to applications and Podcast playlists have been addressed. The Genius now automatically updates to show Genius Mixes, and the issue of sorting albums with multiple discs has been fixed — finally. Lastly, there is the matter of the zoom button behavior.

zoom_button_itunes91Through iTunes 8, clicking the zoom — green — button brought up the mini-player. This contradicted Apple Human Interface Guidelines, which states that the zoom button “toggles a window between its standard state and its user state.” With iTunes 9, the decision was made to make the behavior of the zoom button consistent with other applications. Accessing the mini-player window was done by holding the Option key while clicking zoom.

Were Ralph Waldo Emerson alive today, he might have said something about foolish consistency and iTunes 9, and it’s highly likely a lot of people did because Apple has restored the previous behavior. Clicking the zoom button toggles between a normal window and the mini-player window. Holding down the Option key and clicking zoom toggles between normal window states.

Available for both the Mac and Windows, including a 64-bit version for Vista, iTunes 9 can be had through Software Update or downloaded directly.


auntie beak

i am in the “glad it’s back” camp, but why can’t you change the functionality of the zoom button as a preference in itunes? then everyone would be happy.


I was one of the ones that complained.

It’s nice to see democracy in action. Apple should fear us, without us they are nothing.


The worst is the inconsistency of their decisions, it is annoying.
And maybe that the miniplayer behaviour is easier to understand than the standard “fit to content”.

Anyway it is really silly to release two versions in a week for this thing.

pd:poor english, yeah


Guidlines? What guidlines?

If enough of us complain will they revert that horrid, glassy ui?


Apple is not acting like MS. They are responding to the desires or their users; it would take MS 12 months to do that. Consistency has its place but not as an excuse to replace progress. Those of us that use the Mini-player use the green + button 100 times every day, I can’t imagine anyone wanting to do that with a resize button.

Charles Martin

VERY unhappy about Apple returning this nonstandard behaviour back to iTunes. I have nothing against the mini-player, but it should be an option-click or easy kb command, NOT the standard behaviour (unlike absolutely EVERYTHING ELSE in OS X).

This is an example of Apple being more like MS than being like Apple, IMHO. “Standards? What are those? The sheeple want simple, so let’s give it to em and the heck with consistency!”


I’m a firm supporter of the single unmodified click to invoke the miniplayer, so I’m thrilled. It all comes down to how you define “standard” and “user” states—for those of us that submitted feedback to Apple within minutes of running iT 9 it is obvious the we think of the user-state as being the miniplayer. I only drop into standard mode to arrange tracks and playlists; most of the time I just want quick and convient access to playback controls.

If only Apple would listen about truly important issues those that affect work-flow efficiency; my biggest complaint is SL abandoment of creator-codes.

Jeffrey Friend

I think changing it in the first place was wrong. I typically start some music and switch to the mini-player so it’s quicker to the desktop. I’m glad the functionality is back.


Well that’s annoying. The mini player was still accessible with a keyboard shortcut.


I never used the mini-player and don’t see the utility of it, but it’s nice to see Apple respond to complaints so quickly.

It does make some kind of logical sense if you think about the utility of the button itself rather than the fact that it has a plus sign on it. It’s the “x” “-
and “+” overlays that really violate the guidelines. They are only there to help windows switchers it seems.


This was almost the only thing I like about iTunes 9. It made me almost forget about the hideous (imho) glassy look…

Clicking a “+” button to bring a reduced-size window ? Well. It does not make really much sense to me…

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