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iTunes 11 Hands-On: So Fast And Clean You Might Actually Come Back

iTunes 11 has arrived, dispensing with the outdated mediocrity of iTunes 10. We couldn’t wait to get our hands on the app’s redesigned interface. Here’s a look at the beautiful new design that might bring frustrated users back to Apple’s beleaguered media player.

The first thing you notice when you fire up iTunes 11 is that it’s so much faster than its predecessor. So fast. We can’t believe it’s iTunes. When scrolling through the app’s new graphics heavy album view, the tiles fly by. Apple must have completely rewritten the app to get these results.

Everything about the app feels fresher and easier to navigate thanks in large measure to the generous use of drop-down menus. When looking for music the whole screen is taken up by information about music instead of links to other sections of the application that you’re not using. As for the MiniPlayer, well, it’s the useful little player we’ve been waiting for since MP3s became a thing in the “Gettin’ Jiggy With it” era. Well done, Apple.

Video: Nick Stango