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What are your thoughts on the New iTunes 11?

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  • Paul Richards4 Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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    Apr 13, 2013 4:43 AM (in response to cowandgit)

    Hi

    just a thought re artwork -

    You'll know that in the top menu bar, under Advanced, is Get Album Artwork. While this is sometimes successful, you are right - it's not going to come up with artwork from really old albums;

    My solution to this is to go into Safari (I'm assuming you're on a Mac) and Google Images the album name (and or artist). If Google finds it, right click on the image and save it to your desktop - it should land as a jpg or png. Go back to iTunes, click once on the relevant track, then GetInfo. Click the Artwork tab. Now you can drag the image file from the desktop onto the artwork box (or use the Browse button to navigate to it, if you saved it somewhere else).

     

    Hope this helps

  • Gandalf The Grey Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
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    Apr 17, 2013 7:45 PM (in response to Paul Richards4)

    My question is there a way to update other software without updating iTunes. I hate the new version and refuse to use it. I see I have updates, but I now I can not select what I want to update because Apple has packaged all the updates together.   Man this I use 11 on my laptop but hate it, since I use both, I can clearly see Apple has done nothing to improve the vastly inferior version they just released. Frickin reminds me of Windows Vista! LOL


    Never mind figured it out needed to select the drop down box, doh! My question is how is 11.02 now, what I am doing now is using my Macbook Pro as test subject! LOL

  • lordnibbler Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    iTunes Vista, why didn't I think of that! It's a hideous piece of software and I wonder how soon till Apple realizes what they are doing is wrong. The price drop wasn't just a "market correction", it's an absolute slaughter.

  • CaptainNick88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 30, 2013 3:10 AM (in response to lordnibbler)

    I think the new iTunes is disgusting.

    It is counter intuitive, cluttered and SLOW.  A contradiction to everything Mac stands for.

    Apple, please don't let this be indicative of future software.

  • Richard Cheverton Calculating status...
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    May 1, 2013 12:43 PM (in response to Porf)

    Stve Jobs is spinning at 2300rpm in his grave. If thhis is indicative of Apple's future course--sell yer stock!!! The engineers over at "innovative" MIcrosoft must be guffawing over this software disaster.

     

    My only question is---how long will Apple "support" version 10?

  • crashanywhere Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey RC,

     

    I prefer to think of SJ spinning at 33 1/3

  • powerbook1701 Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)
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    May 2, 2013 3:35 PM (in response to crashanywhere)

    so, I'm not missing anything critical or important by staying at iTunes 10.7? So far, I can't find any real reason to update..

  • MrsSpooky Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 2, 2013 3:43 PM (in response to powerbook1701)

    Not really, no. I figured out how to make it look like 10.7 so it's much more useable to me now (plus they added back the column sort feature on the store, so I'm happy).

     

    I DJ on Second Life and that "Play Next" feature is very useful when I get requests.  Saves endless time having to drag it to the playlist then into position to be played.

     

    After using it for a while, and setting things up, I'm not minding it at all now.  Just a few minor pains in the anus (like starting iTunes and having it start out at album view - seriously, WHY?), but all in all it's turning out ok.  I think, at least.

  • powerbook1701 Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)
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    May 2, 2013 3:48 PM (in response to MrsSpooky)

    Can you quickly bullet point the things that you did to make it look like 10.7? Don't worry about how, just a quick list to help one speed up the process to make it look more like 10.7.. Thx

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,955 points)
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    May 2, 2013 3:53 PM (in response to powerbook1701)

    You can restore much of the look & feel of the previous version with these shortcuts:

    • ALT to temporarily display the menu bar
    • CTRL+B to show or hide the menu bar
    • CTRL+S to show or hide the sidebar
    • CTRL+/ to show or hide the status bar (won't hide for me on Win XP)
    • Click the magnifying glass top right and untick Search Entire Library to restore the old search behaviour
    • Use View > Hide <Media Kind> in the cloud or Edit > Preferences > Store and untick Show iTunes in the cloud purchases to hide the cloud items. The second method eliminates the cloud status column (and may let iTunes start up more quickly)
    • If you don't like having different coloured background & text in the Album view use Edit > Preferences > General and untick Use custom colours for open albums, movies, etc.

     

    tt2

  • Cornel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 5, 2013 11:26 AM (in response to turingtest2)

    This may well have been covered and - if so - I apologise but I've spent a couple of days helping a friend with her new iPod touch. We sorted the issues, but I came across something odd; as far as I can see there is no information from Apple, nor does anyone seem to know about how to name a Smart playlist as you set it up.

     

    The first option presented is a sort criterion, and it seems that whatever is entered in that field becomes the name of the smart playlist until changed by the user at a later point. The sheer daftness of this - if it's indeed true - was brought home when I tried to create a smart playlist which excluded all titles with 'Xmas'. The new list was named 'Xmas'. Someone please tell me the Apple software people aren't that daft and that I've overlooked something blindingly obvious.

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,955 points)
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    May 5, 2013 12:01 PM (in response to Cornel)

    As you say it usually picks the keyword from the first rule, even if you're excluding on it. However as soon as you actually complete the definition it should display the resulting list with the playlist name highlighted and ready for correcting, so it isn't really a problem.

     

    tt2

  • Cornel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 5, 2013 12:32 PM (in response to turingtest2)

    turingtest2 wrote:

     

    As you say it usually picks the keyword from the first rule, even if you're excluding on it... so it isn't really a problem.

     

    tt2

    Hmm.  Thanks for that.  Yes - I know you can edit it afterward, but I have to say I'm very surprised there is no simple, intuitive way of naming a smart playlist at the outset. Seems an odd .omission and more than a little un-Mac like. But thanks for your time. 

  • Drew Reece (Re:co) Level 2 Level 2 (310 points)
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    May 5, 2013 12:56 PM (in response to Cornel)

    iTunes never has included negative search criteria in the smart playlist name as far as I can remember. I'd suggest 'the Mac way' is to fill in little details like titles automatically, but allow editing afterwards, it simplifies the creation dialog. Usable default values that can be changed - that feels like the Mac way to me.

     

    How should it handle 'begins with…' and playlists multiple criteria? e.g. 'Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins but not begining with Jailhouse' seems unweildy for the sidebar to me.

     

    You can also hit enter or fn+return on short keyboards to edit the name field of a selected playlist.

     

    I'd suggest making a playlist folder and then create all your smart playlists, new ones go inside the folder if you have it selected. Drag them all out once you have the names 'fixed'.

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