Apple’s newest iTunes release sports a whole new design, which gets rid of the excessive bloat accumulated through the years, adds new features as well as axes a few of them. Two of the most notable of these axed features are duplicate song detection and Cover flow.
AllThingsD’s Walt Mossberg, in his review of iTunes 11, notes that duplicate song detection will soon be added back to iTunes through a minor update, while Cover Flow has been removed for good.
The long-touted Cover Flow carousel of album covers has been dumped. The company says it found too few users considered it useful. A feature that finds duplicate entries is missing. Apple says it will soon be restored in a minor update of the program.
Cover Flow first made its appearance in iTunes 7 in 2006 after Apple acquired the concept and the technology from Steel Skies, the developers of a plugin with the same name. It has since then found its way onto the iPhone and the Mac, and is still integrated into OS X’s Finder.
Mossberg adds that Apple’s also working on fixing a few bugs, one which results in missing covers in album view and another which might prevent Apple TVs from streaming movies.
A lot of the changes made in iTunes 11, at least visually, can be switched back to the iTunes 10 look, as we detailed a few days back.