From the number of requests for iDVD I see on the forums I think Apple cound have kept it for sale for much longer without any real extra effort, but for some reason best known to them they decided not to.
Most of the Macintosh users I know, purchase iDVD on disk.
Apple is the largest media company in the world. They sell nothing on disk. It is to their financial advantage to have the physical possession of movies go away. (I am not participating in this.)
Most of the Macintosh users I know, purchase iDVD on disk.
Exactly, but that's all old stock. New iLife does not include it. So Apple is willing to annoy a fair number of people who still want a feature of Apple's software. They did it back with iMovie08 too. There is no a-priori reason to suspect Apple will keep any particular feature in its software.
If Limnos you were to upgrade your iTunes you might like to try this cool feature. You're missing out on AirPlay, Home Sharing and Apple TV features too, all added ~v.10.
For us to implement any of the above features would require a financial outlay of thousands of dollars. Not right now, sorry. We have one active computer in the house (a desktop), a stereo system that's 15 years old that frankly we almost never use, no home wireless system (why, when you only have one computer, and we subscribe to a city-wide WIFI service). We have a tube TV that gets turned on once a week. We get movies from the library for free. I'm the only person who listens to music a lot and I only do that when sitting at the computer. The only newer Apple gadget we have is an iPhone 4S which belongs to my wife for work. She doesn't listen to music on it so we never sync it to iTunes and she's not big into apps. Everything else she can do over wifi or data connection. She backs it up to iCloud and we download her photos using ImageCapture which works fine with OSX 10.4. Pretty much all the other upgrades to iTunes since 7.5 were largely in terms of supporting iTunes store sales. I don't buy music from the iTunes store primarily because for the same price I can get it locally on CD in full quality format, on a medium that acts as a backup for my CD rip. The majority of CDs I buy are from truly small bands that don't sell on iTunes.
I'm worried too! Leatherette on iCal bearable, but mess with my iTunes and there'll be tears!
iCal lost it's super convenient sidebar in Lion but it was restiored in Mountain Lion. So if iTunes looses its sidebard in version 11 we can expect it back in iTunes 12. In the meantime, iTunes 10 should see us through.
From what I can tell, a simple 1-click operation will become a 2-click operation.
For me, iTunes 11 is much worse than iTunes 10.
You can no longer view album art by selecting a track in list view.
In list view, album art is invisible — the album art square in the lower left-hand corner is gone. So unless the track is playing, you can't see album art. This is terrible news for people who need list view, like DJs. People like me who rely on album art to remember what an album is, can no longer just click around and see the covers. This was a tremendous memory aid, which is now gone.
Now to see album covers, you have to either play the track, or switch to grid or artist list — which show either no tracks, or very few tracks.
Initial Thoughts on iTunes 11 and Remote 3.0
As I feared, No voting feature remains (as from iTunes DJ).
Up Next is the alternative approach now, but you need to pair your Remote (2.x or 3.0) to iTunes 11 (via Home Sharing or PIN) and therefore EVERYONE doing this would have full control to edit whats in the queue, delete tracks, re-order stuff.
Not like the fairer and fun iTunes DJ.
Up Next for regular family use is better than more niche iTunes DJ I agree. So I can see why it changed. But then I don't see why the 2 systems can't co-exist.. Apple would just need to add back a special playlist, that unpaired remotes can manipulate via voting, without giving them full control. Job done.
Regarding other stuff. Playlist folders is useful addition. I have loads of library maintenance type playlist and I can now group up and hide away. You can also nest folders in folders.
General browsing in Album view in nice as is searching in compact view. I agree with earlier poster that having album artwork as a choice for the columns in list view will be missed.
I've had spinning beachballs quite a bit during Match, Store and Sync operations. Hope it's only just early initialisation issues.
Remote 3.0 is better overall. It seems quicker than earlier releases with a more logical layout. It still works with iTunes 10 for iTunes DJ.
I doubt, for example, many users create their own smart playlists.
True in my case, but only because I found that smart playlists tended to slow iTunes down. Maybe that changed with later iterations, but once bitten twice shy.
I've been a Mac user since 1984, and my gripe is that in recent years Apple software has gotten more buggy and gaudier at the expense of functionality. A prime example of this is when Apple replaced the simple, attractive, efficient Apple TV menu with an ugly mess that makes it hard to even see what you have selected. Form over function. And the news that the new 21.5-inch iMac will not have user-upgradeable RAM suggests that function is less and less on Apple's mind. The tension between the form and function that has long existed at Apple is coming apart at the seams as form triumphs.
My casual observation is that the more recent converts to Macs are more taken by form, while us old-timers liked Apple's superb functionality that looked smart. Since I have a young daughter, I think of this in terms of clothing. It's Justice vs. Land's End.
Kim Hill1 wrote:
For me, iTunes 11 is simply a disaster.
I won't go that far. Disaster would be if it no longer allowed me to see and play all of my music. It has lost some valuable functions (DJ) and gained nothing that I can see that is useful, but as with the Mac OS itself, the direction is ominous.
Inability to put column browser on left severely hinders browsing for people like me - audiophiles.
Also, even customizing the column browser for playlists is extremely unweildy because you have to "Hide Sidebar," change your view options for the sidebar in any given playlist, then turn the Sidebar back on...
PLEASE LET ME put the column browser on the LEFT!