Currently Being ModeratedNov 30, 2012 4:09 PM (in response to gamechanger)
In list view right click on Artist Album column heading and place a tick on composer.
You can also drag and drop each column heading to the place the order to suit what you want. and sort a-z z-a sort composer with right click contextual menus
This action hasn't been changed from previous versions of iTunes.
You also need to make sure you have correctly tagged and added the composer in the get info panel in the first place. Not all CDs or downloads automatically populate the composer tag panel.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 1, 2012 6:37 AM (in response to gamechanger)
I agree - this is a disaster if you not only are used to sorting by composer but have taken the time to really clean up classical meta-data which is usually FUBARED to start with. Not a good move.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 1, 2012 6:39 AM (in response to gamechanger)
You are SO right about making things useful to the user:
Interactions should be minmal to achieve what the user wants to do or what the user does most-often, not what you might want them to do and not trying to alter how they want to do it, particularly if it makes it less intuitive.
User interfaces should be natural and intuitive, not convoluted nor indirect, requiring the least thought and action, with ALL natural actions being in front of the user at EACH and EVERY step of a process.
'Pretty' should be an addition or an option, way down the list past 'Functional' and 'Usable'.
It matters less, strangely, what genre or type we're discussing, the issues are the same: things which were once easy, natural and intuitive now require more actions in many cases to achieve the desired results while things that are decorative but less useful require few (but not always fewER) actions.
Saddening, isn't it?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 1, 2012 6:51 AM (in response to gamechanger)
I totally agree with the thread starter. The lack of 'composer-wise' browsing is a terrible issue of the new iTunes.
Please it is important that everyone leave a official negative feedback here:
Currently Being ModeratedDec 3, 2012 9:42 AM (in response to Keith Doherty3)
This doesn't reinstate the composer sidebar. The "Classical" playlist option used to automatically give a sidebar of composers, this is no longer an option, just "artist".. I hope that Apple listens to those of us who became itunes fans when its usability for classical music increased. If this does not happen I will be energietically looking for software that gives me what I need for my 800 Gb of music.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 3, 2012 10:53 PM (in response to gamechanger)
Couldn't agree more about all your comments--
iTunes 11 seems to have been vetted by people who care only about music that is current and/or "pop"--
Is this the beginning of the end of the simplicity and "user friendly" intentions of Apple?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 13, 2012 2:18 AM (in response to gamechanger)
Agree 100%, this upgrade is miserable for anyone listening to classical music. The best I've achieved is miserable, and completly deletes the main upgrade of iTunes 11, it's colorful look. It's obvious those in charge of the upgrade had no idea how this is supposed to work.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2013 7:59 PM (in response to gamechanger)
I just found out that unchecking "search in whole librairy" in the little drop-down menu located at the left side of the search field, makes the search function work as it has always done before. So you can search for composer names too.
Ideally, there should be real integration for classical music in iTunes, like Opus numbers, types of compositions, keys...
We can only hope:)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 24, 2013 6:46 AM (in response to mxhnr)
You're talking about the iTunes library. We're talking about the store. There is no drop-down menu in the search field in the store.
If I want to search Beethoven for say, sonatas by a specific pianist, I cannot. All I can do is put "Beethoven" in the search field and wade through hundreds and hundreds of albums.