Apple Updates iTunes to Version 11.02, Adds Composer View

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Update: The Composers view option is new for iTunes 11.0.2., and is accessible not through "View Options," as shown in the original article, but rather through your iTunes preferences. You know, because that makes sense.

In any event, it is turned off by default, but if you activate it, you get a new button between "Artists" and "Genres" that will then group your music by composer, as shown below.

Composer Preference

iTunes 11.0.2 Composer View Option in Preferences

You might think this is limited to classical music fans, but most iTunes downloads and CDs ripped with access to the online database Apple uses for iTunes have Composer data embedded with them. So, if you want to see The Beatles, but only tunes written by George Harrison, you might see something like this:

Example

Some Beatles Tunes Written by George Harrison

Many pop and rock bands and their albums have a variety of composers credited for individual songs, and most country albums are written by a who's who of people other than the recording artist. Apple's new Composers view gives you a new way of exploring your library with that in mind.

The original article remains below:

Apple released iTunes 11.0.2 on Tuesday, an update with some conflicting patch notes. While iTunes 11.0.2 is available through the Mac App Store, the patch notes there are the main release features of version 11.0.

At the bottom of the list of new features is this note:

This update adds a new Composers view for music, improves responsiveness when syncing playlists with a large number of songs, and fixes an issue where purchases may not show up in your iTunes library. This update also includes other stability and performance improvements.

That's well and good except that the "Composers" view is available in version 11.0.1, too. So, count us suspect as to whether any of those patch notes actually refer to the new version. Better yet, Apple's Downloads site lists version 11.0.2, but offers up version 11.0.1.

iTunes 11.0.1 Screen

iTunes 11.0.1 View Options, With Composer View Checked

iTunes 11.0.2 Screenshot

iTunes 11.0.2 View Options, With Composer View Checked

What is more likely is that version 11.0.2 is a bug fix release. We'll update this article if we can find some clarity on the issue.

iTunes 11.0.2 for Windows 64 is available for direct download from Apple's Downloads site. It carries the same patch note quoted above. It should be available through the Apple Updater utility installed with Safari, iTunes, and QuickTime, too.

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14 Comments Leave Your Own

oneof52

I’m not updating to 11 until it gets Cover Flow back.

David

Any chance we’ll see iTunes DJ or another similar feature return?  There’s no way in iTunes 11 to play podcasts in a playlist with music.

Paul Goodwin

Not having multiple windows any more is the biggest bummer for me. With a lot of playlists, editing them involves endless mouse clicking and scrolling. It’s just horrible.

Also, I couldn’t drag and drop songs from one shared library to another the other day when I tried. This app is getting dumbed down to the point of me looking for alternatives.

Jim

Hey Apple! How about an upgrade to 10.x instead?

Erik

Ok, how about giving us back cover flow.  iTunes 11 looks like crap.  Or how about giving the option to easily revert to iTunes 10.X.  The improvements of 11 aren’t worth the horrible look.

mjkphoto

iTunes 11 is a sorry excuse for software. The layout sucks, the functionality is worse, and features such as search are terrible. Just when you hope the update will fix what is wrong, you’re ... wrong.

iTunes 11 is WRONG!

Val123

Dear Apple:  Can we get 10.x back?  iTunes 11 sucks.  I’m seriously thinking of using an MP3 player and buying music through Amazon at this point.

Barry

This version has brought Apple in a new direction….its NOT user friendly, has no cover flow, creating playlist went form simple to difficult and doesnt have a dark grid option which makes viewing less placing. Seriously you need to cut your losses and realize you made a mistake. I have never seen so many complaints about iTunes. If this is any indication of what apples future looks like without Steve then you are on a downward slope while windows is finally pulling it together. You better move fast before you loose ground. ‘KEEP IT SIMPLE” !!

pal

I agree that the design is pretty poor in this iTunes 11 & it wasn’t like it was perfect in previous versions.

But I do not understand why people want cover flow back… It was a ridiculously impractical way to browse & play.

I also don’t see how anyone has found creating playlists more difficult in iTunes 11…  I really can’t even begin to understand that. I mean, you can bring back the side back and have it like it was before…

As poor as this new iTunes is, people are ALWAYS going to moan about overhauls to software.

Fzzt

“But I do not understand why people want cover flow back… It was a ridiculously impractical way to browse & play. ” - Pal

Because it was a fun.  It was like back in the day, having the headphones on listening to some tunes while flipping through album covers stored in their milk crates and you’d come to one that caught your eye and go, ‘Yeah, lets play that next, I haven’t heard that in ages’.

Joachim

iTunes 11 really sucks! I will keep iTunes 10 until the coverflow is back! This was the main reasons I changed to iTunes a few years ago. Since Steve left, Apple ist not like it was.

Andy

I have to agree with the majority of the other users. I am still with version 10 as I love the look and feel of it, especially cover flow. Don’t get me wrong, from what I read there seems to be some other improvements that sound great, however not worth the upgrade for me without cover flow. How hard can it be to bring it back? I would like to hear a statement why Apple is not bringing it back? No matter which forum you go on the vast majority wants this feature back and I really don’t understand why Apple isn’t listening. Bring back cover flow and I’ll upgrade, if not I will be forced to look at other players that suite my browsing experience better.

tyowitwmtta

Yeah what Fzzt said, “Because it was a fun.  It was like back in the day, having the headphones on listening to some tunes while flipping through album covers stored in their milk crates and you’d come to one that caught your eye and go, ‘Yeah, lets play that next, I haven’t heard that in ages’.”

They where really the days. We’ve been through the best of times back then. Now apple want to take that all away from us. Long lived 10. Will apple bring it back? Sure have, it bloody well in the OS X App Store. Bastard or what?

Kate

Worst Fing layout I have ever seen! I have had it for a year and I STILL cannot navigate properly. I find reasons NOT to listen to music now. I am looking into deleting this crap version and finding a different download… anything but this!

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