I figured this would be a super-simple issue for folks around here.
I'd try to have a look for you but there are some things I just cannot test while still running iTunes 7.5, sorry. If I had seen your post 4 hours ago I could have checked while I was away. I specifically went into the local Apple Store on my way home and told them I was there to check out the features of iTunes 11 so I could help people on this forum.
What happens if you show the sidebar, then double click on a playlist? Does that still open the playlist in a new window?
I appreciate the thought, thanks very much for taking the time to post.
It seems very basic to me, to have your library open while scanning the store, too. I remember when someone on this forum first told me how to get both windows open at once. Was just hoping it would be that basic again, and I was just missing it.
And double-clicking the pl doesn't do anything more than a single click - shows it in the one window.
The discussion below seems to indicate it is indeed gone, with other things.
Apple seems to be unifying the iTunes interface with iOS "simplicity" and probably most people simply do not have the screen real-estate to have more than one window open at a time.
Sigh... thanks for the link, and the information. I knew that I would ultimately hate the changes that came with Apple turning Mac OS into iOS. I have a huge iMac, yet get the same behavior as on my iPhone? That seems like a good idea...
From the company who first came up with windows and the ability to do multiple things at the same time on a computer, this is a disappointment indeed.
I don't know how I will manage our extensive library from here on. What a pain.
Thanks again. Calling this "solved" as I beat my head against my desk.
You can kinda sorta do it, but definitely not like before.
When you're in "Album" or "Artist" view, you can click the "In the store" buttons to get a preview of what's in the store for that artist. It's a bit like the itunes store "sidebar" from the old iTunes - it's a split view in a single window. The two views are joined, so you can't browse to another artist without leaving the store or leaving your library.
If you open the miniPlayer in a second window (using the menu, not the button), you can use the search box in the miniplayer to browse your library, and have the iTunes store open in the main window. It's something, but not much. The miniplayer only gives you a limited view of your library, but you can move around independently.
Limnos, very funny. Yes, it's a giant iPad, for sure now. Wish I had a "real" Mac.
Joseph, thank you so much for the mini-player hint. That at least lets me look at the artist in my library that I might be looking at in the store. Very helpful. (In a silly, roundabout way, of course. Thanks again, Apple!)
I went and dropped my one tiny pebble of feedback to them about this issue. I expect it to have the usual result.
Thanks again to both of you for taking the time.