More than 80 per cent of Macworld readers have updated to Apple's iTunes 11, which was released at the end of November after a month-long delay, but more than 20 per cent of respondents say that they don't like the redesigned media player software.
In a Macworld UK poll of 658 people, a total of 81.8 per cent of respondents said that they had installed iTunes 11 on their computer. 44.7 per cent of respondents said that they love the update, while 15.8 per cent said that they had noticed some issues with the software, despite the extra time Apple spent to "get it right".
Recent reports have suggested that Apple is working on an update for iTunes 11 already, though, which should iron out some of the bugs and is also believed to be bringing back the duplicate songs search that was missing following the redesign.
A total of 21.3 per cent of our respondents said that they have downloaded iTunes 11 but that they don't like it. SEE: How to downgrade iTunes 11 to iTunes 10 in Mac OS X
More than eight per cent of our respondents said that they would wait a while before updating to iTunes 11, likely to ensure that any annoying bugs were resolved before installing it onto their Mac.
After reading reviews, 3.6 per cent of respondents said that they don't want to install iTunes 11, and 6.1 per cent said that they are unable to update because they are running Mac OS X Leopard, which does not support the new version. SEE: Macworld's iTunes 11 review
Macworld forum member Xhris 2210 said that he has installed iTunes 11 but has not had a chance to have an extensive look at the update. "First impressions are that it appears quite different superficially – no coverflow any more – but I think it's a nice touch that items in the now default album view gives a drop down list of contents that's colour-keyed to the artwork," he wrote.
"What I'd like most is the ability to merge or split accounts," Xhris continued. "I find I have several. They need different passwords which cant' be reused, so you frequently find you get locked out and have to reset, which can be difficult to keep track of."
A second forum member MacOS10 told us that he is currently using a G4 Powerbook that will only run Mac OS X 10.5.8, and iTunes 11 requires 10.6.8. "Why Apple can't make a version that works on 10.5.8 is beyond me," he writes. "Even if some of the fancy features such as iCloud aren't in it. iTunes is effectively just a way to buy content and manage your iOS devices - in its crudest sense it's a conduit to copying files to your iPad/iPhone/iPods."
MacOS10 even went as far to say that he is "starting to hate Apple" and that he is considering ditching Mac OS X and going to Windows 8 instead. "I say that as a Mac user of over 20 years, and it saddens me to say that but that's what I'm thinking of doing at the moment," he wrote.
AlanAudio wrote in our forums that he didn't find coverflow useful, so the omission of the feature in iTunes 11 doesn't bother him. "The album view with thumbnails of the covers works a lot better for me."
"I particularly like the Up Next feature," AlanAudio continued. "I have eclectic musical taste and young relatives seem to love exploring my music collection. Previously they would create temporary playlists and I would delete them, but now they just click on stuff as they find it and add it to top or bottom of the upcoming list." SEE: iTunes 11 guide to tips, tricks and new features
How are you finding iTunes 11 (if you've installed it). Do you agree with our forum members? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter.