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Is cover flow gone in iTunes 11?

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  • Ren Petrauskas Calculating status...
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    Dec 11, 2012 7:39 PM (in response to Keil Gries)

    Don't waste your time with this issue. Apple has shown how they believe they have outgrown the people that stood by them for over 30 years, and that the only thing that matters is the yoople phone customers. My next phone is a Samsung !!

  • lucser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 11, 2012 9:26 PM (in response to abombaci)

    Definetely gone. As far as Apple's concern of the uses opinion I think that the chances to come back are minimal.

    More than that look in the media. There is no any major channel to mention about the big number of complains. It looks that somebody is working hard to keep them down for enough time that users are discouraged and stop complaining.

     

    All these (not only the coverflow) are coming probably from an Apple executive eager to express his Genius" and "competence" by imposing their personal taste and preferences on GUI excluding as much as possible the customization posssibilities.

     

    I saw a lot of arguments in favour of these siple design concept. I must say that I like also good simplist design but this is not easy to achieve and exagerating is not good as well. If we go with simplification so much than sorry to say but why to pay for a Retina display? To look at software interfaces in simple plain colors with clear black text? For this a cheap reduced resolution display is enough!

     

    Finally the only chance is to post in the official Itunes Feedback your opinion and.... pray.

  • Surethom Calculating status...
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    Dec 12, 2012 2:15 AM (in response to lucser)

    Apple just does not seem to understand or care what we want (they no best?), that we want a choice, a button to show Coverflow or not like it has always been.

     

    It shows they dont care because they wont let polls on wether you want cover flow back. like on a site  itunescoverflow Dot weebly Dot com.

  • JPHP Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Dec 12, 2012 3:48 AM (in response to Surethom)

    I think it's a fair bet that Apple have no intention of bringing Cover Flow back, even if they fix the other flaws and bugs - it would probably be too much of a climbdown. If you don't want to face the hassle of going back to 10.7 and locking yourself into it forever, try Cover Stream 2.6.6 - it's really pretty good. Even though it's a couple of years old it seems to work fine with Mountain Lion.

     

    In several ways it's actually *better* than the old iTunes Cover Flow. The picture is slighty bigger and possibly sharper, it gives you a brief pop-over notification when a new track starts, it has a little view that stays on the desktop regardless of whatever else you're doing (but underneath open windows, so it's not in the way), it even puts a tiny current album pic on its icon in the dock. You can double-click on the album cover for full track info as well.

     

    The only faults I can find are that it doesn't display the track title (only artist and album) in full-screen view, the two buttons on the lower left (one is repeat track, not sure what the other is) don't appear to do anything, and you have to remember to quit it *before* iTunes, or it re-launches iTunes.

     

    I did briefly try the original stand-alone Cover Flow, but it's not as good and has some issues.

     

    In many ways I'm glad I've found Cover Stream now - as well as coming across Mountain Tweaks in the course of these threads, and being able to rid my Mac of some of the other annoyances Apple won't let you change - and on balance I'm probably going to stick with iTunes 11, assuming some of the other bugs do get fixed. And I also discovered that a lot of my album artwork needed upgrading anyway, so the fact that it lost a fair amount of it wasn't quite the unnecessary pain in the backside it seemed at first (quite...).

     

    Combined with the expanded album view in iTunes itself - the only thing I think is a real improvement - I'm *almost* beginning to like it.

  • joninsalford Calculating status...
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    Dec 12, 2012 9:55 AM (in response to abombaci)

    I would NOT have upgraded if I realised I would lose coverflow.

     

    COPY / PASTE

     

    And I have binned 11 & gone back to 10.6 (using Time Machine).

  • Rodrigo Furf Calculating status...
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    Dec 12, 2012 11:11 AM (in response to abombaci)

    I was very proud of all my covers.

    The coverflow was simple, beautiful and iconic from iPods to iTunes.

     

    If it doesn't come back, a good part of the experience and beauty of having Apple softwares and products will disappear.

     

    It may look like a simple think: "Bah! It's just a coverflow!", but it is not like this. Maybe it's the begining of an end of the Apple era?

  • Ren Petrauskas Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 12, 2012 7:19 PM (in response to Rodrigo Furf)

    They simply don't care . . .

  •  DJ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 12, 2012 8:27 PM (in response to JPHP)

    JPHP wrote:

    If you don't want to face the hassle of going back to 10.7 and locking yourself into it forever, try Cover Stream 2.6.6 - it's really pretty good. Even though it's a couple of years old it seems to work fine with Mountain Lion.

     

    In several ways it's actually *better* than the old iTunes Cover Flow. The picture is slighty bigger and possibly sharper, it gives you a brief pop-over notification when a new track starts, it has a little view that stays on the desktop regardless of whatever else you're doing (but underneath open windows, so it's not in the way), it even puts a tiny current album pic on its icon in the dock. You can double-click on the album cover for full track info as well.

     

    The only faults I can find are that it doesn't display the track title (only artist and album) in full-screen view, the two buttons on the lower left (one is repeat track, not sure what the other is) don't appear to do anything, and you have to remember to quit it *before* iTunes, or it re-launches iTunes.

     

    I did briefly try the original stand-alone Cover Flow, but it's not as good and has some issues.

     

    In many ways I'm glad I've found Cover Stream now - as well as coming across Mountain Tweaks in the course of these threads, and being able to rid my Mac of some of the other annoyances Apple won't let you change - and on balance I'm probably going to stick with iTunes 11, assuming some of the other bugs do get fixed. And I also discovered that a lot of my album artwork needed upgrading anyway, so the fact that it lost a fair amount of it wasn't quite the unnecessary pain in the backside it seemed at first (quite...).

     

    Combined with the expanded album view in iTunes itself - the only thing I think is a real improvement - I'm *almost* beginning to like it.

     

     

    I agree with this, coverstream is a great alternative if you don't want to try to downgrade.

    Does CS link with iTunes audio tho ?

     

    Like i mentioned earlier as well songbird combined with mediaflow is also a great alternative if you are on windows or even linux/mac.

  • Ken Auggie Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
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    Dec 12, 2012 9:22 PM (in response to abombaci)

    The only thing I can add is that I have had serious performance issues with Cover Flow active on any running playlist.  As a new song would start, the whole computer could experience a severe sluggishness lasting a minute or more that made using the computer almost unbearable as CPU utilization shot through the roof; and this was on a 2008 dual processor Mac Pro.  I should also add that I have a very large music library, which may have had part in revealing this bug.

     

    After reporting the bug, a rep asked if I had Cover Flow active, and I replied affirmative.  That was back in May and I never heard from Apple since then.

     

    It's now apparent that whatever this bug was, they either felt it was too significant to fix for iTunes 11, or they already decided that Cover Flow was being nixed so they made no attempt to fix it.

  • JPHP Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Dec 13, 2012 1:48 AM (in response to DJ)

     

         I agree with this, coverstream is a great alternative if you don't want to try to downgrade.

         Does CS link with iTunes audio tho ?

     

     

    Yes, it's fully linked.

     

    In fact, I've only just been through all the options in its preferences and it's really powerful and flexible. Far better than the old integrated coverflow, I think. The only real flaw I can find is that sometimes if you're editing something in iTunes, the Cover Stream display doesn't keep up and change the artwork, although it actually plays the new song OK. (I fixed the re-launch iTunes problem in its preferences.)

     

    I can only hope that its developers get a renewed rush of interest and keep it updated now - I'm guessing they will see a huge increase in downloads soon. It's exactly the kind of user-customisable interface that Apple should be including in iTunes!

     

    If anyone wants it, just google Cover Stream 2.6.6 and it's the top result.

     

    (I don't have any connection with them, just a happy user.)

  •  DJ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 13, 2012 7:35 AM (in response to JPHP)

    JPHP wrote:

     

     

         I agree with this, coverstream is a great alternative if you don't want to try to downgrade.

         Does CS link with iTunes audio tho ?

     

     

    Yes, it's fully linked.

     

    In fact, I've only just been through all the options in its preferences and it's really powerful and flexible. Far better than the old integrated coverflow, I think. The only real flaw I can find is that sometimes if you're editing something in iTunes, the Cover Stream display doesn't keep up and change the artwork, although it actually plays the new song OK. (I fixed the re-launch iTunes problem in its preferences.)

     

    I can only hope that its developers get a renewed rush of interest and keep it updated now - I'm guessing they will see a huge increase in downloads soon. It's exactly the kind of user-customisable interface that Apple should be including in iTunes!

     

    If anyone wants it, just google Cover Stream 2.6.6 and it's the top result.

     

    (I don't have any connection with them, just a happy user.)

     

    So when i play a track in itunes the same track time, place and coverart display in CS ?

     

    If thats the case then it looks like CS is the best option here for mac users. Just wish there was a windows version.  I guess songbird with mediaflow is good for now for iTunes 11 users who dont want the hassle of switching back.

     

    On another note

    My sisters system is windows 7 and i've (sneakily mind you) disabled the apple auto update completely shortly after updating iCloud for her. I'm probably also going to write a app JUST to make sure itunes is never updated in the future or the apple software updater is run at all for that matter until coverflow returns.

    I also have access to a major insurance providers network in the northeast. (I'm a IT tech for metlife) We have well over 30+ thousand machines networked. We also do all of lifespans IT as well. I'll probably end up deploying a EDM update for those machines as well. Something i probably should have done a long time ago.

     

    If the apple software update program is out there, its pretty much a target now. Bye bye apple!

  • Crille Bubben Calculating status...
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    Dec 13, 2012 7:20 PM (in response to abombaci)

    Someone is going to loose some importent customers.

    This is almost like sayin that Windows is ok.

    What happend Apple. I got my ID and my kids using it.

    Have some TB of music because I have collectet music since this plastic thing called LP.

    All digitilazed and taking pictures of covers.

    Just some tousends of hours over the many years with iTunes.

    Well, Samsung, Windows, Linux -  here I come !

  • JPHP Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Dec 13, 2012 11:50 PM (in response to Crille Bubben)

     

         So when i play a track in itunes the same track time, place and coverart display in CS ?

     

     

    Yes - unless you need to change playlist, or some other setting that isn't available in Cover Stream, you just run it from Cover Stream. iTunes sits in the background - you can minimise it or close the window - and supplies the music. So now iTunes is really just your library management app (ignoring for a moment that it isn't very good at that now...) and Cover Stream is the player.

     

     

    I should also say thanks to Max500 for originally recommending Cover Stream.

  • drew124 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 14, 2012 1:18 AM (in response to JPHP)

    I have sent Apple feedback requesting that they restore Cover Flow. In the meantime, I've downloaded CS 2.6.6. It functions, but only displays the quicktime icon in place of album art, which I have fully loaded in iTunes. CS no longer has any support, any ideas how I might get it to display album art?

  • JPHP Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Dec 14, 2012 1:51 AM (in response to drew124)

    Not sure, it works perfectly for me - unlike the stand-alone Cover Flow, which didn't display about a third of mine.

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