I get where you're coming from, I think, but that static image is actually a really useful interface for a lot of users who are dyslexic, or just more right-brain oriented. I can click on an image while scanning the text more marginally. Taking away a user interface that stops me from getting headaches when I'm scanning quickly through a huge music library is not progress. The new iTunes is literally painful for me to use, and it's not something I can do anything about. Dyslexia isn't all that correctable. All one can do is create better interfaces. Or, in this case, worse ones.
If the new iTunes is giving you these kinds of problems, speak up. Apple doesn't help anyone by taking away interfaces that broaden its user base, and create better ways for people to interact with their world.
Mourning the loss of CoverFlow and iTunes DJ...
The feeling in the pit of my stomach is like we've just had a death in the family. The loss of THE MOST popular interface aspect of iTunes, coupled with THE MOST functional playback mechanism - - well it feels like a death in the family. No kidding....
Why did these have to die so young, they had so much life and joy left in them to share with others...
Meanwhile I've got my 3 AppleTVs displaying artwork in multiple rooms, can't see it any more in iTunes playlists themselves...
Luckily I read opinions before committing my primary desktop library to the upgrade, smartly choosing to explore on an external boot volume attached to my MBPro.
Taking out coverflow is an unbelievably retrograde interface "improvement". Before, I could swipe my MagicMouse and see at a glance exactly what I was looking for, now I have to use all of my (admittedly tiny) powers of concentration to visually process a grid of microscopic thumbnails as I search through my music collection. The ease of use has gone completely, and along with it the five year old sense of wonder at watching all of my cover art zip past before my very eyes. There were always people who didn't like coverflow, but they did have the option not to use it. Now nobody can use it, and we weren't even asked. Oh well, I suppose it's worth what I paid for it.
Equally irritating to me is the fact that I can now no longer minimise iTunes to the dock by double clicking its title bar - or did I miss an obscure deeply buried setting somewhere?
Today I also install iTunes 11 and I absolutely miss the cover flow feature that I love so much. Apple please bring cover flow back to iTunes!
I think in the steps of rootbeerinacan is just missing one more step to get rid of the "-42408" message.
So what means this message than?
Maybe something like:
"Sorry but iTunes 10.7 can not found the correct framework version of CoreFP.framework.
I see here an newer version of this framework that is for iTunes 11, but I really need the version for iTunes 10.7."
6. Go in your finder to folder '/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks' and than start time machine with your latest back-up with an installed iTunes 10.7 (I hope you have one). Select the file 'CoreFP.framework' and press the restore button.
That's it. Well, at least it works for me.
If you have unfortunately no backup of iTunes 10.7 you need the program Pacifist to reinstall the package iTunes10.7.dmg.
The automatic setup of iTunes 10.7 will not replace an new framework version from version 11 with an older version of 10.7,
but with Pacifist this is possible.
Look here for more details: https://discussions.apple.com/message/20441475#20441475
I am so disappointed - I love using coverflow, infact, that is the ONLY way I listen to my music.
It is peaceful watching the covers flip through. Sometimes, when I am watching the covers move past, I would see an album I hadn't thought of for a while and reconnect. I wish I hadn't absently said OK to the upgrade. That will NEVER happen again. I seriously need to look around for other options as Apple clearly has lost focus. The simplicity of a single solitary album cover as I listen to an album is gone.
The loss of coverflow is so disappointing.
Like a previous poster said, iTunes is literally painful to use now. Cover flow was the ONLY way I viewed my music. Currently trying to downgrade. Started my morning by updating itunes and what a mistake that was. Mourning the loss of iTunes as we knew it. This new over-complexified interface is ugly, and unnecessary. Apple, bring back coverflow, please.
Coverflow is not just an iTunes artefact. It is inherent in OS X; as you will see if you set your Finder up that way, or TimeMachine or any number of apps. that mimic the "Apple user experience".
It was even introduced by the great Steve himself at some show or other in California.
To drop it in favour of a block of album covers arranged like a badly designed web page is definitely a step back.
If Apple want to replace Coverflow then they had better have an even better presentation/interaction product up their sleeve; otherwise it just looks as if the management team responsible for iTunes have been allowed to go their own way and "naffed up" the brand en route.
Apple senior management appear to have taken their eye off the ball.
A question to Peter Hillman et al, how to block iTunes System Update?
After you have reverted back to iTunes 10.7, or if you have not yet upgraded to iTunes 11, you can hide the update from System Update in Snow Leopard and Moutain Lion. In Snow Leopard (and probably Lion...I avoided Lion), select iTunes 11 in System Update. Under the Update menu item in the Menu bar, choose Ignore Update. In Mountain Lion, open the App Store app. Click on Update. The new update proccess now groups system updates together with a Mountain Lion icon. Click on "More..." to expand the view to show the individual updates. Right-click (or Control-Click) on iTunes 11 and you get an option to Hide Update.
Once you do this, you will block that version only. So be careful when you run System Update as a .1, .2, etc. bug-fix update may reappear, and you will have to hide it again. You should be able to ignore the update in the Windows version of System Update as well.