It still stuns me that Apple, after all this time and market research and relentless innovation spent becoming the world's number one (or maybe two depending how you count) information technology company, could release a brave new interface this terrible that "fixes" this many things that weren't broken in the first place. iTunes 11 is a lethally slow trainwreck that violates God only knows how many principles of intuitive user design. I would call it "New Coke," though a friend pointed out that New Coke actually generated enough bad publicity to bring back Old Coke at Pepsi's expense. It's always possible that that's the plan here. For now, Google, Spotify, and even open-source killer apps like VLC have been handed a golden opportunity to take over what Apple used to be so good at.
i have written so many comments in this thread, reading all the posts and still wondering why apple hasn't fixed a single one of those many problems in itunes 11. i totally stopped downloading music from the itunes store. but to manage my 250 GB of music i need a powerful database (such as itunes 10 and earlier versions were!).
- multiple windows (i'm simply lost in the store when i'm not able to have my music library open at the same time; i can't manage my hundreds of playlists anymore without having more than one window open and drag and drop the files around)
- the genius sidebar (i used to look for similar songs in the genius sidebar which is no longer available)
- the UI is so horribly complicated, what used to be accessible with one click needs a lot of unintuitive clicking around in several menues and right-click windows.
- it's so terribly slow
- and, i'm still missing cover flow
my bad experiences with the upgrade to itunes 11 have taught me to avoid upgrading any other programs or OS. i still use iOS 6, because the neon colors and the flat icons with a moving background that causes nausea will make me hating my iphone - i've waited so long for this iphone, and now they're destroying the beauty and genius design with an OS that's designed for japanese kids...
so i suggest to all iphone users not to upgrade to iOS 7!!!!
ah - and for all the smart alecs: YES, i posted as many complaints on apple feedback as well!
I tried to part with my mini but had no takers locally. So it will sit idle and charged until I can find software to manage it well. My ONLY bright spot is that my iPod gen 4 could not be updated to ios7. AND my laptop did not have itunes on it at all. I happily obtained iTunes version 10 and all is better. Granted, not as much space, but I can manage my music and videos...the way I want to. Thanks to apple for excluding my gen 4 iPod!
Why isnt Apple addressing these issues promptly and efficiently?
Why do they not at the very least give longstanding supporters and purchasers of the product practical and honest updates on what is behind this rather appalling series of changes and updates to a product we have all been encouraged to run with.
These reall are the questions we ALL should be asking because lack of suitable explanation is a real slap in the face to us all.
I have purchased literally dozens of Apple products over the years for myself, daughter and family .... These changes with no acceptable explanation, ability to move back to the version we all clearly prefer is just not good enough.
Whoever is behind this, Steve Jobs really would be dissapointed in you all. Such a shame.
Apple must certainly monitor these forums (they would be stupid not to) so please for Jobs sake fix this disastorous set of events.
And yes I must concur ....if you have not upgraded ...don't ...anyone who loves the way itunes flowed and worked so well will dorever be dissapointed.
Frankly, ios7 really ***** when it comes to the itunes part of it ...as does iTunes 11 .....
I've had several visits to the local apple store and I can assure you the official line is not followed by staff in their droves ....says it all really does it not?
I did start a thread titled exactly as above ..with very constructive comments ... to quote 'Apple removed your titled post' within 5 minutes!
So much for free speech and reccomendations as an experienced user to other users ..... Apple clearly dont want the masses to realise how bad this product is.
My reccomendation overall however is if you like the itunes you have been using for years then stay with it. The new one will only cause huge dissapointment and frustration.
I would still like to know how to reverse the upgrade(s) ..and there must be a way. Anyone out there know?
I think the biggest insult was... Having "Support" tell me that they hadn't heard about there being any problems with iTunes 11. I didn't know if I should laugh or cry.
I know how many of us have had the same troubles and reported it, but there seems to be a bit of "Ostrich sticking his head in the sand" mentality .
It is possible the Ostrich is sticking his head in (quick drying) cement ...
Sad for all us users and sad for the Company to just keep on ignoring what are so obviously changes that are not popular at all.
Ultimately I suppose many will vote with their feet.
Someone trying to make their mark in the iTunes design team certainly has. Not for the better....
I would still like to find the way to go back to the last sensible version of itunes 10 ....and there must be a way...Can anyone help please?
failing that has anyone used alternative products that will perform in a similer way to itunes 10 as far as song storage, updatability, artwork and playback. There must be something suitable out there.