I'm really not following the whole touch-friendly concept creep of Apple's decidedly non-touch desktop OS. Even assuming one is only using the Magic Trackpad, the sidebar seems a more efficient operation, scrolling more than tapping. iTunes 11 looks like it will at least triple the amount of clicking required for those of us with large music collections. How about allowing users to hide the sidebar, as with Finder? This illogical push towards iOS convergence does echo Forstall's Jobs-like tenacity, for better or worse.
People who complain about Apple's relentless push towards their latest vision always seemed silly to me, but now I understand. When iTunes 11 is released, I will be the first one checking for a regressive Terminal command.
But there's a lot of music that only makes sense in albums, and those of us who are album-centric (there are a lot of us) should have that option as well. Is that so terrible? Or do you think the world should be run just for your tastes?
So Apple should listen to YOU about what is the 'right' way to do and forget about all the folks that do care about albums etc.
iTunes already has an album-as-thumbnail view. It's accessed by the short row of buttons next to the search field. But iTunes 11 removes other view options by eliminating the row. And that's terrible.
Apps, like purchased ibooks, movies, music etc are NOT stored in iCloud. All that is stored, if you choose to use the iCloud backup feature, is a list of what is on the device, the apple id used to get it, and in the case of apps and books, how they are organized. That list is used to download the items from the appropriate store.
From the user's perspective, that is an irrelevant detail. Tap download, receive file. It doesn't matter which of Apple's servers store what you want.
Basically you are someone that has no appreciation for music, or appreciate an artist's body of work. [...] and many still buy CDs because the CD will always sound better than the compressed iTunes file.
That's quite a long-winded axe to grind; I'm amazed the handle hasn't broken off.
Any piece of music in the iTunes store can, at the discretion of its creator, be sold as album-only. At no point in the iTunes store's history has that option been used as the majority. I'd say that's indicative of the single-purchase business model being successful.
As for iTunes audio quality, the store's current format and bitrate (256kbps AAC) is absolutely on par with CD audio in double-blinds. Apple also offers guidelines for content producers to optimize mastering for iTunes, including the discouragement of dynamic range compression. In addition, they now request the original uncompressed digital master files, so that when the store updates to a new compressed spec, they are converting from the best possible source files.
I don't expect you to accept any of these facts, hillstones, with your "get off my lawn" approach to the subject. But for everyone else, hey, we learned something.