Ugh, I just plugged in my phone to transfer some music to it. I, too, recently upgraded my iPhone5 to iOS7 and only now have I discovered they're forcing me onto 11.1 in order to manipulate my phone. I had downgraded to 10.whatever so I could get my Coverflow back. It feels like what I want is not what Apple is letting me do, and it is very much not cool with me.
I too am very dissappointed that cover flow is gone. I did not realize that in upgrading to iOs7 (not an improvement) that I had to upgrade iTunes as well?!
I had better be careful here this might be considered a rant and the apple police will be mad!
Is it possible to downgrade both iOs7 and iTunes?
from strategical point of view:
- don't upgraged ot iOS7 and
- don't upgrade to any newer iTunes higher than 10.7
- while giving feedback about Cover Flow to apple here http://www.apple.com/feedback/itunesapp.html
This might force apple to think on their strategy if their download numbers are decreasing. Let's do it even if this could be a vague hope.
.... an spread this strategy if you like
To be honest everyone who are still complaining...
I was one of the original ones that almost cried when the cover flow was taken out of iTunes.
When the new version of iTunes came out I refused to upgrade.
But then I did, and using it for a few months now, and starting to grow on me.
While album art is good, I think Apple is steering clear of skeumorphism in terms of how it relates to the physical world as well as even the concept of how we use to listen to music.
The world is changing, and so are we in terms of how we obtain and experience new music and formats.
I love iOS 7 as its a breath of fresh air to the system and some UI elements are much improved.
I think Apple won't care if some of you don't upgrade. Think of this, they are working on the next 5 years of Apple's next vision. Cover flow was the past, and they let that go long time ago unfortunately.
With all due respect, it may be "growing on you", but for myself -- along with thousands of other users who absolutely love cover artwork in & of itself and by extension within Cover flow just as it was in iTunes version 10.7.
The artwork in iTunes 11 can't hold a candle to the artwork in iTunes version 10.7, period. And it's not even close.
"Skeumorphism" avoidance or whatever, along with other short-sighted, board-of-executive policies will ultimately fail because true music lovers experience their music with their eyes and their ears; all of which essentially fuels their imaginations along w/ their aesthetic appreciation of an artistic medium which includes cover artwork as the artist intended it to be.
How many times did you feel the "let-down" of a cheesy music video compared to your innermost "take" on a song? I think that just about everyone knows the essence of what I am saying here. That the music experience(s) that we know & love can be and are, oftentimes, degraded by commercialism.
Likewise, "upgrading" to ITunes 11 was a MASSIVE disappointment to many, like myself -- who remain virtually paralyzed by the thought of trying to undo the mess that became of iTunes -- which is (most unfortunately) tightly integrated into OS X (at least under Snow Leopard).
Oh sure, uber-techies can change it back but countless (once-loyal) consumers shudder at the thought of attempting such a feat.
If only I &/or we could take back that one "Update Now" click.
All in favor of Cover flow? Clicking "like" might possibly get some marketing guru's attention; you never know.
Count me as one of the thousands who would rather not live without album art in my iTunes. The album view in iTunes 11 is a total visual mess...Oh, look at all the pretty thumbnail pictures that give me no information whatsover. No thanks.
I've read through many pages in this discussion and the general concensus is that people are just not going to update anymore. Does Apple not realize the loss in revenue when diehard fans decide to stop buying. I love my iPad Mini and was thinking I'd get a new Mini with retina display if it comes out later this year. Not now. Not if I'm forced to use iTunes 11.
I really do hope that someone at Apple is reading these threads. I know some think they don't, but I personally think they do. It's an Apple website, why wouldn't they have staff checking things out? Especially a thread this long and still active a year later. We need to double down on efforts to explain our dislike of the new iTunes. To also explain how important iTunes has become to many of us on a personal level. I consider it the #1 piece of software on my computer, because I'm such a music fanatic. It's certainly on par with my browser for daily use and importance, so I don't take the bad iTunes design changes lightly.
Please keep posting to the Apple feedback link too: http://www.apple.com/feedback/
I was looking through all of the comments hoping to find some developer solutions. I'm not sure if it's even possible anymore, but back in the day you could find plug-ins for iTunes. I'm big on rating all of my songs, but was bugged by the fact that you couldn't put half stars in the ratings. I found a plug-in that would do that (and more recently learned that you can add half stars with a terminal solution too). Anyhow, perhaps someone is working on, well, a work around for our missing coverflow. Even if Apple doesn't bring it back, maybe someone can emulate it as a plug-in!
In the meantime, Apple please make iTunes better again!!