Today, Apple has released iTunes 11, the latest in its long-running music and media service which roughly coincides with its 11th birthday (give or take a few months).
Anyone who owns an Apple hardware product like the iPod, iPhone or iPad, or indeed one of the fruity company’s PCs like the MacBook Air - will most likely be familiar with iTunes. What started off as a music-exclusive service soon grew to include movies, series, podcasts and more. However, iTunes 10 was getting a little long in the tooth so it’s good that, after some delays, iTunes 11 has finally launched.
While it certainly has its share of pros and cons, there’s no denying that the software, which runs on iOS, MacOS, Windows and Android as well as Linux, looks pretty slick, especially in this latest iteration. So what’s new with Apple’s iTunes 11? Well, aside from the new interface, which extends to the mini-player, it’s easier to use and offers greater iCloud integration.
Many claimed iTunes was getting bloated and unwieldy. Version 11 supposedly takes steps to address this. The interface is more visual, with graphics replacing text. You can see your active devices along with your media library, song lists and playlists can be viewed simultaneously, an expended view gives you all your album info in one convenient place, and the mini-player is now a widget-like standalone which lets you do most of the basics.
At least it would appear that the 11th generation of iTunes isn’t buggy, or problematic in other ways, unlike a certain disastrous map service Apple recently launched. Do you think Apple iTunes 11 has what it takes to take on the likes of Spotify or is there a longer-running music and media player rival you prefer? Let us know in the comments, or via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds.