"Why did they kill Cover Flow?"1.5 starson by mts098
Pros: "Up Next"
Cons: They killed the most beautiful part of their UI.
Summary: Maybe it's generational. I'm old enough to have started buying music as vinyl albums and the covers meant something. They became a single iconic stand-in for the music. Think about the Beatles crossing the street on Abbey Road. Think about the Clash's "London Calling" cover, which itself is an homage to Elvis' debut record cover. Even when CDs took over, the covers kept their symbolic power. Think about the baby in the pool on "Nevermind". Think about The Flaming Lips "Yoshimi..."
One of the greatest UI innovations iTunes introduced was their Cover Flow, which let you get just a little taste of the enjoyment of flipping through your crate of albums. Now with iTunes 11, it's dead. They've killed it. Now we are stuck with thumbnails, or at most a slightly larger image that has been altered to feel less physical and more ghost-y.
It took me a couple hours to get it working, but I downgraded back to 10.7. I'll hold out there as long as I can. Be warned: If you enjoy your album cover artwork DO NOT UPGRADE.