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Is cover flow gone in iTunes 11?

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  • uladz Calculating status...
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    Dec 6, 2013 7:32 PM (in response to abombaci)

    +1 to bring back the cover flow. I was always switching to this mode when playing my whole collection in random order and would leave it like that while doing something else. iTunes 11 has a number nice redesigned features but why to remove some feature that works flawlessly and lost of people use it I have no idea. At least Apple collect usage stats and run some poll around used base 1st.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,360 points)
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    Dec 6, 2013 7:42 PM (in response to Glassix)

    Glassix wrote:

    It's possible that some new people to this thread won't even know what cover flow looks like.

    Then they aren't missing anything...

  • HWStone Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Dec 7, 2013 1:02 AM (in response to Chris CA)

    Sorry, Chris, but the album cover display and the ability to slip through your ablums to find the image that evokes the mood and memory-- and takes you to that song-- that was what the LP had that made it the dominate form of music distribution for over sixty years.

     

    CoverFlow took the place of a a large set of shelves, but let us thumb through the albums in much the same way, the image seen in passing making us stop, go back, and to remember.

     

    That's what was lost.  That's the reason there are several people looking at new systems for those working in music, motion picture, and television, too. 

     

    That's the reason the budget guys are getting to go with the cheapest laptops and desktops available.  Apple used to be worth the extra money, and now many of us cannot recommend iTunes as a music tool, and Apple's failure to respond to the uers makes disposible cheap off brands look more attractive. 

     

    Apple turned their back on the guys who bought the twenty seven inch screens, the MacBook with the Retina display, and views our multi thousand dollar investment in top notch Apple as less worth their attention than pre-teen iPhone users who wheedle their parnents into the latest toy.

     

    Kids who have no loyalty to Apple, just to being trendy.

     

    And the rest of us were told to walk east until our hat floats.

  • Kenan Calculating status...
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    Dec 7, 2013 1:39 AM (in response to Chris CA)

    So users who want features, here's what you do...

    -> http://www.apple.com/feedback/

     

    Folks all the discussion about who is right workfows or settings doesn't help us. I totaly agree with Chris CA:

     

     

    We are many... not some! So keep on moving in Chris suggestion.

  • KGeez00 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 7, 2013 3:47 AM (in response to HWStone)

    Excellent post.

  • Mark Block Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
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    Dec 7, 2013 6:23 AM (in response to Kenan)

    Kenan wrote:

    Folks all the discussion about who is right workfows or settings doesn't help us. I totaly agree with Chris CA:

     

     

    The discussion about workflows and settings certainly helps people who confront iTunes 11 and have major usability issues with it. That's really what this support forum is for -- to help people with problems. It also reinforces the fact that the iTunes team at Apple got it all wrong in its attempt at simplification; iTunes 11 is so simple that it barely functions in its default, simplified configuration. I'm reminded of lyrics from Jimmy Buffett's old song, "God's Own Drunk": "It was so simple, like the jitter bug, It plum evaded me."

     

    You're right about sending feedback, but as someone who misses Cover Flow, I would welcome anyone who has problems with iTunes 11, particularly problems related to the poor handling of cover art, to keep posting here. It keeps the topic active, which ultimately is helpful in getting more and more people to send feedback to Apple about restoring Cover Flow.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,360 points)
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    Dec 7, 2013 8:28 AM (in response to HWStone)

    Glassix wrote:

    It's possible that some new people to this thread won't even know what cover flow looks like.

    Chris CA Wrote:

    Then they aren't missing anything..

    HWStone wrote:

     

    CoverFlow took the place of a a large set of shelves,

    Since some people who are new to this thread do not know what CoverFlow was, it didn't take the place of anyhing as they did not know CoverFlow existed so could not have used it to "evoke" anything.

     

    No need to explain anything to me.

    I understand what it was and why people (me too) want it back.

    Tell Apple -> http://www.apple.com/feedback/

  • nwscenes Calculating status...
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    Dec 7, 2013 8:32 AM (in response to abombaci)

    I personally have tried multiple work-arounds to get cover flow back in iTunes 11.x My latest attempt is moving certain .dll files around in Windows. Specifically in the Program Files (x86)\iTunes folder. There are actually 2 iTunes.dll files. One is in the root of the folder, which doesn't affect cover flow. The second is located in the iTunes.Resources folder. If that .dll can be modified, then cover flow can return to iTunes 11.x

     

    The second .dll that would have to be modified would be the iTunesLocalized.dll which is located in the respective en.lproj folder

     

    Any programmers out there?

  • MacPow75 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Dec 7, 2013 9:23 AM (in response to HWStone)

    HWStone wrote:

     

     

    Apple turned their back on the guys who bought the twenty seven inch screens, the MacBook with the Retina display, and views our multi thousand dollar investment in top notch Apple as less worth their attention than pre-teen iPhone users who wheedle their parents into the latest toy.

     

     

     

    Well put!! Exactly right. When I put in my (latest) feedback, it struck me that they were very interested in what iPhone and iPod I was using, whether I was using the store and not so much with what actual computer(s) I use. Of course we are not nearly as important as the kids on their toys. They buy more mp3s and videos and... but it sure would be nice if they didn't ****TAKE AWAY**** the cool stuf we DO like and use!

  • hben37 Calculating status...
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    Dec 8, 2013 12:36 PM (in response to abombaci)

    At first I thought it would be no big deal to go without CoverFlow

    Man I was wrong, I miss it, and agree with all of you about Apple making a dumb decision of taking it out

    HWStone is totally right, Coverflow took the place of LP covers and brought back a lot of feelings and memories.

  • killtr0city Calculating status...
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    Dec 13, 2013 2:39 PM (in response to abombaci)

    What possible reason was there to remove the coverflow option? This doesn't make any sense.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,360 points)
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    Dec 13, 2013 2:46 PM (in response to killtr0city)

    killtr0city wrote:

     

    What possible reason was there to remove the coverflow option?

    Coding incompatibilites, computer OS vs. iTunes code, copyright issues.

  • Eone_eone1 Calculating status...
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    Dec 13, 2013 2:58 PM (in response to Chris CA)

    "Coding incompatibilities"?

    Can you please elaborate? What does that mean? That it doesnt matter how many zillions we are here complaining...its technically impossible for Apple to make the flowing covers flow again...due to some OS...?

     

    That would explain why I havent seen one single Apple representative in here explaining, talking to us...

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,360 points)
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    Dec 13, 2013 3:07 PM (in response to Eone_eone1)

    Eone_eone1 wrote:

     

    "Coding incompatibilities"?

    Can you please elaborate?

    No.

    You asked for a possible reason.

    I'm not suggesting any of these are the reasons but they are valid reasons it could have been removed.

     

     

    That would explain why I havent seen one single Apple representative in here explaining, talking to us...

    The only reason you haven't seen anyone from Apple posting here is because these are user-to-user foumrs.

  • Mark Block Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
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    Dec 13, 2013 4:42 PM (in response to Chris CA)

    Chris CA wrote:

     

    killtr0city wrote:

     

    What possible reason was there to remove the coverflow option?

    Coding incompatibilites, computer OS vs. iTunes code, copyright issues.

    I don't think these reasons make any sense. Coding incompatibilities? The code is not that different from iTunes 10. In fact, 10 and 11 aren't all that different from each other. Yes, the default view is dramatically simplified in iTunes 11, but most of the old views are still there, minus Cover Flow. This was a minor update under the hood. If the code were dramatically different, then iTunes helper apps wouldn't have worked without updates. But they did. I use Pure Music to integrate the Sound and Midi preferences with iTunes, and to control iTunes music playback, and it worked fine without an update after iTunes 11 came out. Tagalicious (end-of-lifed some time ago) continues to work. TuneUp worked. XLD continued to send ripped tracks to the iTunes 11 library.

     

    Computer OS vs. the iTunes code? The Mavericks OS still has Cover Flow built in as a Finder view. The Cover Flow code still works fine throughout the OS.

     

    Copyright issues? Well, it's not a patent issue, as Apple owns the patent and continues to use Cover Flow in the OS, and allows third-party developers to use Cover Flow within their apps. I use Paperless to scan and organize my documents, and it uses Cover Flow as one of its views, just like iTunes 10.

     

    Copyright problems? I don't see it, as presumably copyrighted album art is still used in iTunes 11. The new expanded Album View in iTunes 11 creatively makes use of the album art and modifies it to fill the viewer.

     

    There might be a rational or technical explanation for Cover Flow's removal from iTunes, but I haven't heard it.

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