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Apple has released iTunes 11. Grab it now via the Mac App Store's Software Update. It introduces a completely redesigned interface, a new store, playback syncing, improved search, a new MiniPlayer, and better iCloud integration.

Introducing the new iTunes. With a dramatically simplified player, a completely redesigned Store, and iCloud features you'll love -- this is the best iTunes yet.

The new interface of iTunes 11 features an edge-to-edge design, custom designs for each album, movie, or TV show in your library, and getting personal recommendations when you visit the Store.

The new Store has also been redesigned to have a cleaner look making it easier to discover new music. It's actually very similar to the App Store on the iPhone and iPad with the scrolling features at the top and other categories below that also scroll horizontally and separated by other features.

The improved iCloud integration now works like you'd expect iCloud to work with iTunes. When you purchase music, movies, and TV shows, they will appear inside your library. Groundbreaking, I know! A simple double-click will play them directly from iCloud or you can sync to a device or play while offline.

The new MiniPlayer in iTunes 11 is featured top and center and now includes a lot more information in a lot less space. In addition to the song and artist names and other relevant information, the MiniPlayer also includes a button that shows you a list called Up Next of what's playing next. Don't like what's up next? No problem! Either remove it, move to a different spot in the queue, or add songs before it. You can also find many other actions by clicking the arrow next to any of the songs listed in Up Next.

Some other new features of iTunes 11 include an improved search across you're entire library (like Spotlight) and playback syncing with iCloud so that you can pick up where you left off regardless of which devices you're using.

Users have been impatiently waiting for this release, so now that it's out, what do you think? Love it or hate it? Sound off in the comment below!

Leanna Lofte

App and Photography Editor at iMore. Mother, wife, and math instructor. Follow her on Twitter @llofte and send her apps to consider for review at iosapps@imore.com

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Dionte says:

Are they going to release it for windows to?

audit says:

It showed up on my apple software update for Win7 64bit. Installing now.

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slumptin says:

Good lookin' out, audit.

_hollywood says:

It stopped half way thru the update and gave me a " The Operation was cancelled.(3072)" Error damn it

EDIT-- Just did a restart! its good to go

Clovertree says:

Wow - its seems ALOT faster now!

I even like the new interface....

RagedUSMC says:

I agree, i noticed the same thing, its much faster! It looks great...im loving it.

siddo_d says:

isit me or is there no more coverflow? I also like the new look but I don't like where certain things are place

entwined82 says:

I'm missing the ability to change the size of album covers. This looks nice and all but I like the old version way better for functionality.

Nuttz565 says:

Click on the very small icon in the upper left, click on view options and from there it gives you different sizes for album cover like in the previous version

Dev from tipb says:

Are albums only browsable by a fixed-size thumbnail image and not by any sort of text-based list view?

NullifiedOne says:

just click songs at the top and it puts them in the old list with the browser for genres artists and albums at the top just like it used to be. turn on side bar and it can look exactly like it used to.

i actually really like the Artist list best now. puts all the artists on the left then sorts by album in the main window.

i didnt think i'd like itunes 11. but actually it seems very fluid. im enjoying it.

Vanti says:

Happy that itunes 11 finally arrived but i think i will wait to see what the windows users have to say about it. In my experience Itunes does not always work seamlessly as it does on a mac, but i am excited to test it out and see if itunes-wifi sync has improved.

sbonkov says:

Much faster for me to on Windows 7 x86. Nice design by the way, i like it.
There is also a new version of the Apple Remote App

Caparison1992 says:

I can't figure out how to select all songs to unchecked them. Other then that, it's very fast and nice to use. I love it.

NullifiedOne says:

same as before, just click on songs so it puts them in a list view. then goto edit>select all.

or click first song, hold shift, click last song.

Premium1 says:

They should fire whoever is working on itunes. Still the same old garbage just got a face lift

Windlasher says:

Kinda like MS Windows for about 20 years. Don't use it.

9thWonder says:

Still does not monitor folders in Windows. Winamp did this in 2000

Seems clearly the people at Apple do not move files around or add new files to their collection often.

Not that fond of not having my playlists on the left. Hope there's a way i can move that back. I don't really get why Apple feels this need to hide controls. on the plus side it feels a bit quicker in windows. I'll give it a week or so before i decide if i'll go back to the old version. Edit: I got the playlists back on the left. You have to find the part that says "show menu bar" then the menu's come up and you can make it show "sidebar". That got them all back which is great. Back close to the way i had it before.

The Album views are problematic for me. It just seems incapable of handling the size of my colllection. it always has to redraw the album cover if you scroll an album off screen then come back to it. Maybe that's cause my computer sucks. don't know. Also under artists view the left side cover art doesn't show even though the album has art and it shows on the top of itunes left of the song title and scrobbler. That's weird. And just double check itunes is clearly seeing the artwork when selecting "get info." Don't use that mode though since it's not efficient or divided by genre so long run it's not an issue for me. Also in Albums I don't get why clicking on an album doesn't show every song in the album if it's a compilation. Logic would say album view would show every song on an album. And for lots of albums even though tags show exact same album text (i double checked) they show up as different albums. But do wish is showed the small album art in the corner in song list view. I use list view mostly though so i'll let those that use the album views worry about it.

Windlasher says:

Dont have that redraw problem. 8044 albums / 36905 songs. Could be your computer. I'm running 8 core mac pro with 16GB ram though. Perhaps that helps.

9thWonder says:

My old computer died (or should i say HP put a defective graphics card, soldered to the board thus not HP replaceable and the card died, thus the whole computer died) and i'm on a family hand me down until i get the funds for a macbook pro so it could be. IT's a crappy compaq with an AMD proccessor and it's years old so could be. Plus i think it only has 4GBs of ram maybe. Damn i need a new computer. Like i said, not really a big deal as i use list view most of the time and i got that back working. And i'm 22000+ songs and just 2200+ albums. Damn 8044 albums? You got a lot of singles huh?

Nuttz565 says:

You can set up itunes to look almost identical as before if thats what you want. I like you prefer my playlists on the left like they were previously. Click on the small icon in the upper left, then click on the view tab, then onto show sidebar. It now will show just as it did previously.

9thWonder says:

yes you can. thanks. i actually discovered that and wrote it in a comment below.

rustymini says:

just have to get use to finding the new controls. I like it though......

downieabz says:

At last!

I have an iMac and a MacBook Pro and at last I can connect my iPad to each one without being told that the iPad is associated with another computer and its contents will be wiped if I attempt a sync.

The new user interface isn't too far from the original but it appears a good deal more polished and, subjectively, more responsive.

I think I am going to have problems dragging playlists manually to my iPad and iPhone, though, as the left hand pan is missing. I can't see how to copy playlists from a shared library on my iMac to my MacBook Pro either. Most of my music is ripped from CDs and not purchased from the iTunes store. Hopefully someone will come up with the answer - not Apple as of this moment, as their documentation still refers to iTunes 10.

9thWonder says:

To get playlists in sidebar to the left:
1. Click the icon in the upper left and hit "Show Menu Bar" from drop down.
2. Go to "View" and click "Show Sidebar."

this removes the playlist button on the top menu but note it's the exact same playlist interface either way.

downieabz says:

Just read 9thwonder's comment and the sidebar is now back. View/Show Sidebar; it's not shown by default. Feet back on solid ground again, and I feel much better.

Apple still doesn't allow you to drag a playlist from a shared library to an iPhone or iPad even though they are all attached to the same account - you still have to drag it into the iTunes library on the Mac you are on and then from there on to the iDevice. Illogical.

9thWonder says:

lol, i didn't scroll down this page far enough to see this post hence me just now writing the above 1,2, post. lol.

dfbjyoo says:

It's great. Love the new UI and the new feel of it. I like the aesthetic look of it too. One problem though; anyone know how to get to the Wish List in the iTunes Store? Other than that, loving it!

9thWonder says:

go to "itunes store". Click the "home" icon in the black menu. It is to the left of the work "music" and on the right column under "Quick links" you should see "My Wish List"

Vanti says:

Good things must come to people who wait. I am happy that they did not release itunes 11 in October because if it was anything less than what i just started using then i would think less of Apple. Finished installing and rebooted and its ALOT faster!! I always had a problem with itunes finding my iphone for the wifi sync, and this has been resolved couldn't ask for more and on top of that, the new interface is refreshing and easy to pick up...

west3man says:

Jesus. It keeps saying it's gathering information about my music library for iTunes Match. It's been saying this for more than a half hour, despite reboots.

And I was SO optimistic. Even Paul Thurrott has had pleasant things to say about iTunes 11, so far.

rohitsingh says:

Using it on my Win8 x64. Gotta say its much faster than 10.7. Looks good as well. Somehow feels a little flatter and 'metro'ish. But i'm not complaining. I like metro UI :)

Winski says:

So Leanna: After installing ver 11.0 , I click on devices, my iPad device and then 'Summary' across the top for selecting which parts of my device I'm interested in.. In some of the pages (Summary being the most obvious) that I try to interrogate, the background is black and the writing is very light grey, thus leaving the contents of that page UN-READABLE !!

Any tricks on changing that color scheme ?? HELP!!!

Redshirt says:

I'm going to give it a few days before I try it, to see how many people have problems with it first. :)

west3man says:

Jesus. Even after resolving my initial problems, iTunes Match still takes way too long to send information to Apple.

Rudolpho Rodriguez says:

Is it possible to start watching a podcast on the computer and finish watching it on a device? So far I like iTunes 11 on the Mac, but a little less on a PC (why must the menu bar be hidden as default for example)?

ame says:

my husband wants to know how to revert back to iTunes 10 for Windows, it automatically did the update on his, despite him having it set to not automatically update anything, and he HATES iTunes11. I checked it out on is, and I don't plan to update to 11 on my mac. It's horrid, I agree.

BHMartin says:

I use iTunes A LOT to listen to my music and playlists. I LOVED the old version. Easy navigation table on the left hand side. Now, you have to click to get everywhere. Even to sync your iPhone. Absolutely took 10 steps back from my view.

melhxi says:

Updated to 11 about 20 minutes ago. I'm not interested in music. I use my Iphone 5 for apps. Itunes 11 seems to have completely forgotten about allowing for app updates! WTH?!