On iTunes 11
Apple just released a new version of iTunes; fiddling with it now.
It’s definitely a lot faster. I’d gotten used to churning when loading app icons. Now thumbnails for movies, albums, and apps appear nearly instantly.
At first, I didn’t really like the top menu bar with the different sections, but now I see its similarity to Safari’s bookmarks bar. And the button to get back out of a particular area (iTunes Store, an iDevice, “done”) always appears as a discrete button at the far right.
Playlists and the left sidebar, traditionally filled with small icons, are no longer omnipresent and appear in their own section (Music -> Playlists). Cover Flow also seems entirely gone.
Nice touch: click on an album cover and a “tray” appears, using colors based on the album art.