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Is cover flow gone in iTunes 11?

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  • beck3693 Calculating status...
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    Mar 3, 2013 12:40 PM (in response to Mark Block)

    You're right Mark, it doesn't mess with your actual original music files. However, your library and any organization (playlists, etc) would be lost. If you do decide to downgrade, make sure to copy your entire iTunes Media folder onto an external drive just to be safe.

    OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), iTunes 11
  • carboncanyon Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Mar 7, 2013 3:05 AM (in response to abombaci)

    Is there a plug-in which restores Cover Flow? Have any of you found an alternative media player/manager which has something like Cover Flow and which also works with iGadgets? Can the newest Mac Minis run 10.7 if you delete 11 right from the go?

     

    I need to get a new computer here soon and I feed my movies and tv shows to my giant tv with a m

    MacBook running iTunes using Cover Flow and/or Front Row; the posters flipping across the black background is lovely and it makes browsing for something to watch enjoyable and I spent a lot of time metatagging and choosing high quality poster art for all the shows and films. Replacing that experience with a white and grey grid or itty bitty stamp sized art would be awful and lead me to not using iTunes nor accessing my own media collection as often as I would otherwise in favor of nicer interfaces like Netflix or Hulu Plus which are built into my tv.

     

    I've never bought much from the iTunes store because all of their content is overpriced compared to Amazon and their selection is lousy, I will never use iTunes Match nor any of their cloud services because I want local control over my media and have tens of thousands of rare media files they do not and will never have in their store and they've now eliminated the only feature I found the application useful for which was media organization and display and replaced it with something too ugly to use and which, apparently, misfiles anything not bought from them as being "home movies". So, other than tossing songs onto my iPods/iPhone/iPad, they've basically made iTunes completely useless for users like me.

  • HWStone Calculating status...
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    Mar 7, 2013 4:37 AM (in response to carboncanyon)

    I know your pain.

     

    I don't understand it, and the closest I can get is that there is a disconnect between the buyers and the company, and it hurts.  Before you try some of the software that will be recommended by other users back up your files and use a different computer to try the programs.  I only have a few rare items, most of mine being normal music, but some of the material is demo work so I was also a bit wary.

     

    Several of the programs have issues with larger file counts, and on a quad core i5 the images lagged behind the song changes by different amounts, much of it based on the size of the image you used and the interface to the drive with the images and music on it.

     

    I'm still trying to figure out the screwy way my iTunes files are stacked in files within files, alternate locations, and random splitting of albums, but trying to rebuild it is impossible when you get your music content into the "Days to Play" category.

     

    If you find one that works with large library sizes please, PLEASE tell us.

     

    You aren't alone.

  • rustyintegrale Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Mar 7, 2013 4:59 AM (in response to HWStone)

    If you find one that works with large library sizes please, PLEASE tell us.

     

    You aren't alone.

     

    71.3 days of music and counting. Is that large enough? I'm using iTunes 10.7 and it copes fine. There are many posts in this thread and others with instructions to revert to 10.7.

  • HWStone Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Mar 7, 2013 5:01 AM (in response to rustyintegrale)

    242.2 days of music

  • rustyintegrale Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Mar 7, 2013 5:12 AM (in response to HWStone)

    HWStone wrote:

     

    242.2 days of music

     

    Wow! I don't think there's an upper limit so have you tried 10.7? I think the key is a fast connection between your Mac and whatever you store your media files on. I was using a Drobo on FW800 but the transfer rate was really slow so it glitched once in a while. But now I have a G-Drive and it sings!

  • HWStone Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Mar 7, 2013 5:22 AM (in response to rustyintegrale)

    10.7 worked, had a small lag, but somehow the file system went crazy and folders got stacked all over the place, albums split between two folders, and it started to slow down.  When 11 came out I thought it would be the answer and immediately downloaded it to discover that Cover Flow was gone.

     

    During this thread several ways of adding a cover flowish display were suggested, and all of them lag big time, sometimes by almost a minute in changing artwork.  I suspect this is due to the strange folder stacking and the size of the artwork images.  Small jpg works more quickly than a tiff of the same size, for example, but I talked to one girl (picture this, a twelve year old with a library larger than mine) and she told me that the move from version to version to version of iTunes meant the "how they are stored" system changed a couple of times, and outside of starting all over, manually moving files, and creating a new library there did not appear to be a means of doing it.

     

    Of course, she is relying on the advice of her father and a couple of uncles who write specialty aps, so take that with a grain of salt.

  • b-jay Calculating status...
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    Mar 7, 2013 5:22 AM (in response to rustyintegrale)

    @rustyintegrale, @HWStone, please note this thread is about "CoverFlow" and not other iTunes related problems. Please stay on topic or post your issues in another thread. Thank you.

  • HWStone Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Mar 7, 2013 6:07 AM (in response to b-jay)

    That was the reason I replied and said to TEST any Cover Flow replacement before you committed to it-- that use of iTunes 11 with a Cover Flow replacement has shown itself to be a problem of its own. 

  • Mark Block Calculating status...
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    Mar 7, 2013 6:08 AM (in response to b-jay)

    b-jay wrote:

     

    @rustyintegrale, @HWStone, please note this thread is about "CoverFlow" and not other iTunes related problems. Please stay on topic or post your issues in another thread. Thank you.

    I agree. But allow me to somewhat stay on topic and address the issues mentioned. I've never had a "lag" with Cover Flow, either on my MacBook Pro (now 4 years old, but upgraded to 11) or on two Mac Minis or my son's iMac -- unless, that is, I'm trying to control iTunes with Remote Desktop from another computer. I had always assumed that Cover Flow lag was due to a graphics card problem, not hard drive speed or a disorganized media file system. I've gone from a cheap USB 2 hard drive on an older Mac Mini to a LaCie Thunderbolt RAID 0 on a newer Mini and the behavior of Cover Flow didn't change dramatically, although it improved. Then again, the new Mini has a better graphics processor.

     

    If the "lag" with Cover Flow is due to a disorganized library, you can fix it. I recommend consolidating the media from within iTunes. Don't try to manually copy files to new locations. That's the way I did it when moving from the cheap USB drive to the 4 TB Thunderbolt drive.

     

    http://www.wikihow.com/Consolidate-iTunes-Library

    http://www.switched.com/2010/11/02/itunes-consolidate-library-keep-organized/

    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH990

  • HWStone Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Mar 7, 2013 6:56 AM (in response to Mark Block)

    I have consolidated the libraries with help from apple tech support, and they used remote viewing to look at the files.  They could not explain how things wound up like they were, but told me it went beyond that and that it could not be worked out unless manually redone-- which meant too much work.   I'm on a RAID 1 Firewire 800 4tb drive, and the cover flow replacements all increased the display times, which is why I strongly suggest that you test any cover flow replacement before you commit to it.

  • makinlikeshrimp Calculating status...
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    Mar 7, 2013 6:00 PM (in response to HWStone)

    Wow HWSTONE ..I thought I had a  lot with 116 days of music!! You double me!!

  • Mark Block Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
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    Mar 25, 2013 10:05 AM (in response to abombaci)

    I ran across a common problem when ripping CDs in iTunes 11, where iTunes divides up the single album into multiple pieces. I almost didn't notice what had happened. It made realize that when using Cover Flow in iTunes 10.7, I always catch and fix the problem right away. I made a little quickie screen-capture video about it last night.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HheulVpNX0c

  • GalwayFella Calculating status...
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    Mar 26, 2013 5:38 AM (in response to abombaci)

    Ahhh, I finally had enough of itunes 11... it's now uninstalled and I have 10.7 back.

     

    I had to do this to get it working.https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4564237?start=0&tstart=0

     

    I have also Songbird installed and am giving it ago.

     

    No WAY my next phone is going to be another iphone if this is the crap I have to deal with.  (anyhow the iOS interface is looking very dated besides my mates android devices!!)

  • MJG196 Calculating status...
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    Mar 31, 2013 4:39 PM (in response to abombaci)

    I just wanted to add my ******** to the pile!  I have also downgraded to 10.7.  No coverflow was an IDIOTIC decision. 

     

    I wonder how many people Steve Jobs would have fired over over the past year for the constant misfires and backhanding of loyal Apple customers.

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