Apple today released iTunes 11 for Mac and Windows users. Originally announced in September, with an expected October launch date, its release was delayed until today.
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iTunes 11 is the first really major release of iTunes in some time. It includes a new user interface, new organization, and better performance. It's also tightly integrated with the iCloud and iTunes Match services.
Any major rewrite of an app raises a lot of questions about how well it will perform, what new features it offers, and whether the new interface is any good.
After downloading iTunes 11, I'm on the fence when it comes to the interface. The sidebar is mostly gone, although it sometimes makes an appearance, in new dress, depending on what view you're using when looking at your music library.
The mini player, which I use a lot, is now smaller. That's good, but it's not as well crafted as the one from previous versions of iTunes.
All in all, I have mixed feelings on iTunes 11.