Date: September 20, 2006
Article by: Mike Carter (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
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PRODUCT PICTORAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Considering how much is packed into iTunes, it's difficult to know where to start. Let's have a look at the foremost function of the program, the media player.
For those unfamiliar with iTunes, the standard view is full-screen, and is extremely flexible. You can display as much or as little info as you choose. In this area, Apple has expanded the options available in version 6.
There are three views available for browsing. One is a simple mini-browser, which can be configured to your likings. I prefer just to have artist and album, but you can also choose to include genre. If you like, call this the “classic view”.
The second is a more detailed mini-browser, which not only separates the songs into the appropriate albums, but also adds any downloaded or scanned album cover art next to the list of songs.
The third, and newest view, is the “CD shelf”, which allows you to browse your collection by scrolling through the cover art, much like looking through a physical collection of CD's or albums. I've run into a small bug with this setting. Fast scrolling to search for a song or CD occasionally causes static in the audio stream while playing. Restarting iTunes fixes the problem, but it's a drag.