Interesting Bits Found in iTunes 11 So Far

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We’re all kicking the tires trying out iTunes 11. Besides the spiffy new logo and the obvious UI update there have been a few interesting things found thus far.

TUAW found that you can now adjust the volume of multiple AirPlay devices at once:


Here’s a neat feature we’ve found while fiddling around with iTunes 11: Its AirPlay popup panel lets you easily select and control the volume of multiple AirPlay devices at once, without having to bother with individual settings windows and it’s now accessible from the MiniPlayer. This way, you can pipe audio to, say, a stereo hooked up to your AirPort Express in one room and an Apple TV in another, controlling the volume on both independently from a window that looks like this…

MacRumors found that not only do the red-yellow-green buttons finally work like all other Mac apps, that there is support for a 128GB iOS device:

iPods have come in a wide variety of capacities in their time, but one notable capacity has never graced the device. There has never been a 128GB iPod, though as Sonny Dickson points out, iTunes appears to be ready for such an eventuality. A 128GB iOS device has been consistently rumored over the years, but has yet to make an appearance.

MacRumors also notes the death of Cover Flow (never used it in iTunes…all the time on my Mac those looking through folders of images) and iTunes DJ are now gone as well. The customizable “Up Next” (see our video for how that works) has replaced that.

Some people have been having trouble with the AirPlay button not appearing and layout strangeness in the App Store and elsewhere within the iTunes Store. I noticed some really strange layout things for one app I downloaded, but as MacRumors points out, iTunes just really renders web pages from Apple, they were probably just tweaking things for iTunes 11.

Finally, John Gruber noticed that on Retina Macs the Up Next icon in the player is a numbered list, while for everyone else, it’s a bullet list. I guess with all those pixels you can pull that off.

Have you had any issues with iTunes 11? Noticed anything else interesting (besides the plethora of Adele album covers in all the coverage)?

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  • Gnarlodious

    On my Thunderbolt display the fonts are rather thin and puny looking, sort of like a Windows box.

    Which is to say, ugly.

  • Mariana

    I don’t like it… you can’t organize your music by album artist so it all looks messy… AND I tried syncing my iPod and it erased all my music, and now it won’t even let me sync it!

    • key

      umm…….click on the button clearly labeled Albums in the top middle – Songs / Albums / Artists / Genre / Playlists / Match

      • key

        disregard – album artist, not just album itself. yeah i never used that feature in the old itunes anyways

    • key

      ok now disregard my two above posts haha. click on Songs header (top middle). it’ll have them all displayed with no art, just list format then click on the Album column header a couple of times – Album, Album by Artist, Album By Artist/Year – those are your options. you’re welcome

  • soundguy

    Podcasts display “most recent” first, the exact opposite of how I want them displayed, and I can’t find a way to change this. :(

  • sking1111

    I’ve noticed that when I have my iphone connected the “iphone” connection will disappear from the heading even though it’s still plugged in. I’ve closed itunes and it appears for maybe 20 seconds and then disappears again.

    • Tris Hussey

      Very odd. I hit the eject icon and the device wouldn’t return until a disconnected and reconnected…but that’s a horse of a different color.

  • Anthony

    I love it, Good change!

  • key

    when you’re viewing your iphone, far right button “on my phone” at the top. you click it and it defaults to Album sorting (i believe). you CAN change the sort but you can’t just click on the header above the respective column. you have to go to View Options – (apple button + J) and then choose your Sort By. too much effort

  • Alun Jones

    Still has the bug where it won’t respect the “resume where I left off” setting. To repro, running iTunes 11 on Windows 7, drag an MP4 file onto the iPad’s Movies tab. Wait for it to sync. Right click the synced file in iTunes, select “Get Info”, note that it’s set to remember where you left off. Disconnect the iPad, play the video, skip forward to the middle of the video, quit that video (watch another one, maybe), go back to watching the new video, and it runs from the start, not where you left it.
    To get the correct behaviour, after syncing the file, you have to Get Info, uncheck the option to remember where you left off, hit OK, wait for the sync to apply the change, then redo Get Info, check the box and hit OK.
    All this reminds me of the theory that iTunes for Windows is deliberately crap so as to make people think Windows is awful.