iTunes 11: Can no longer open playlists in separate windows

Posted by Pierre Igot in: iTunes
November 30th, 2012 • 11:20 pm

This one is a major disappointment for me: As far as I can tell, it’s no longer possible to open anything in a separate window in iTunes 11 (except for that new “Downloads” window, of course). It used to be that you could double-click on a playlist’s icon in the source list/sidebar to force iTunes to open the playlist in a separate window. No longer. If you double-click on a playlist’s icon under “Playlists”, it just starts playing it. If you double-click on a playlist’s name, it starts playing it and makes the name editable. And if you double-click on a playlist’s name in the sidebar… nothing happens. Wonderful, and undescribably elegant.

So now if you want to, say, copy track X from playlist A to playlist B, you can no longer choose where you are going to drop track X in the track list for playlist B. Your only option is to drop track X onto the playlist B icon, and then switch to playlist B, scroll down to the bottom of the playlist, and then drag track X to where you want it to in playlist B.

And if you want to compare something in the iTunes Store with the current contents of your library, well, good luck with that.

What’s next? Single window mode for the Finder too? Geez. Thanks for making life more complicated for us, Apple. I am really beginning to love the new iTunes (which is as fast and snappy as ever, by the way).


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