There are a lot of differences between the two versions of the MiniPlayer and version 11 is more powerful compared to its predecessor. Gone are the "traffic light" indicators, Apple logo and volume controls from iTunes 10. The "traffic light" indicators were replaced by "x" and a small square to minimise and maximise the MiniPlayer. The next, previous and play buttons are nicely hidden on the title and displayed when the cursor is hovered on top of it. There's no need for volume controls when you can easily control it using the F10, F11 and F12 keys on your Mac keyboard or the appropriate keys on your PC. The result is a very minimalist design and a decrease in size for the latest MiniPlayer of iTunes.
|iTunes 10 MiniPlayer|
|iTunes 11 MiniPlayer|
|Next, previous and play buttons are nicely displayed |
when the cursor is hovered to the title of the song playing
Now the MiniPlayer maybe tiny but don't get fooled by its simple design. This player is so powerful you can do anything to this music player even at this mode. When you tap on the album cover you get an expanded view of it. When you hover your cursor to the expanded view you can change the volume, move to the next or previous song and stop the music. You also want to see what's Up Next? You just tap on the list icon and it shows the next song that's going to play. You can also see the previous songs that played by tapping on the clock icon.
|Tap on the album art in the MiniPlayer and you get this nice expanded view of the album you are listening|
Tap on the list icon in the MiniPlayer and you see the songs that will play next. Tap on the clock
icon and you see the songs that previously played. If you want to delete history, just tap Clear
Other hidden controls in the MiniPlayer
|Searching on the MiniPlayer|
So, what do you think of the latest MiniPlayer of iTunes? Feel free to give your thoughts in the comments section of this post. If you still haven't updated to the latest version of iTunes, you can download it via Software Update on your Mac or thru this link for your PC.