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iTunes 11 Upgrade: New Music Store is Available for Download

After months of waiting, the iTunes 11 upgrade finally hit the Mac App Store Thursday. The iTunes 11 upgrade had been initially delayed from an “in October” release to an “in November” release, and hit the company’s online marketplace for upgrade with just one day to spare. While Apple’s website has been slow to offer the iTunes 11 upgrade, still showing the now-outdated 10.7, you can upgrade to iTunes 11 by opening up your computer’s App Store and click “Check for Updates.”

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What’s New in iTunes 11

1. Music browsing has been completely revamped.

Apple implemented a new “Expanded View” layout, which looks like a mix between the less-sexy classic view you’d see when you click on an album and Cover Flow. In Expanded View, when you click on an album or artist, it “accordians” open to show you the songs from said album or artist. This makes perusing your music easier since you aren’t forced into a massive, spreadsheet-esque list.

2. The Mini Player got a makeover.

I’m not a Mini Player aficionado, so this one doesn’t really pique my interest, but if you rely heavily on the truncated iTunes player, this will make your musical day. The new Mini Player dropped the radio button controls, (e.g. skip ahead, skip backward, play/pause, volume) to avoid the redundancy of the controls Apple’s keyboards already have. Now, the (few) buttons let you see the next couple of songs in the que, search your music library, and expand to the full iTunes.

3. Place-holding across devices

Now, if you start a movie, TV show, podcast, or book on your computer, iPhone, iPod, or iPad, you can pick right back up where you left off on other devices. This already existed with iBooks and Safari, but finally comes to iTunes proper.

4. More icloud

The cloud got bigger and broader. With iTunes 11, when you buy an album, song, movie, or TV show on any device, it appears instantly in your iTunes library on your Mac or PC. Or if you’re offline, you can click the new Download button and “bring a copy with you.”

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