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.
iTunes looks great, but still tries to do too much
Editors' note (September 27, 2013): This review was updated with new features in iTunes 11.1 .
Apple's iTunes 11 ( Mac | Windows) is a complete makeover to Apple's media hub, simplifying the interface, adding more iCloud integration, and adding a new MiniPlayer. The design is intuitive and visually pleasing, but as the first rollout of the new version, there are still a few problems.
What we get now is a complete redesign without Ping, without the need for as much iOS device management (now that much of that is done with iCloud), and without many of the interface elements that were doing little more than taking up space. iTunes 11 is certainly a lot more streamlined visually over past versions, but this early version uses a lot of computer services. Hopefully Apple will follow up with a bug fix update to patch some of the more-troubling problems.
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