iTunes 11 removed iTunes DJ (neé Party Shuffle), in which it was possible to queue up a random subset of your library or of a selected playlist, and change the queue with a click of the "Refresh" button. At first it seemed as though this was gone completely, but after some fiddling it appears you can get most of the functionality back as part of the new Up Next feature.
First the basics: Starting from a playlist, just click the shuffle icon (the intersecting arrows) in the header of the playlist view, not the shuffle icon in the iTunes LCD. However, there is no shuffle icon when you view your entire music library, so you'll have to fake it by creating a smart playlist with the condition "Media kind is music," with live updating turned on.
Click list icon at the right of the iTunes LCD to view the Up Next queue. The clock icon in that list shows recently played tracks, like the dimmed portion of the old iTunes DJ interface. You can re-order songs in Up Next by dragging them around, and new items can be added to the top of the queue form anywhere in your library using the contextual menu, just like you could in iTunes 10, or by clicking the > icon that displays when you hover your cursor over a track.
What may not be obvious is how to replicate the function of the Refresh button. To do this, click the shuffle icon in the header of your playlist view again.
Now for the caveats:
Clicking that shuffle icon again stops the currently playing song, rather than creating a new queue as iTunes DJ did.
You have to click on the Up Next list icon again to see the results (or use the new Command-Option-U shortcut), rather than them being immediately visible.
Even with shuffle set to songs (Controls > Shuffle > By Songs), you will still see tracks from the same album show up in the list in sequence fairly often. There used to be a way to control this, but I've forgotten and can't seem to find it now.
Perhaps comments on this hint will reveal ways to overcome those issues.
[kirkmc adds: I was initially very confused by Up Next, but I've figured it out, and it's quite practical for queuing up music. However, you can only see 20 songs in the queue, which can be a bit limiting. So it's not a real replacement for iTunes DJ, and this hint does help a bit. Personally, I never used it to play music from my entire library, so the current implementation works for me.]
Sometimes I want to quickly disable all calendars and to display just one, for example, to see upcoming birthdays in month view.
Calendar Help says:
"To show or hide the events on all calendars, hold down the Command key while you click any calendarís checkbox in the Calendar list."
But if you hold Command and Option, then click a calendar, you achieve exactly what I want: this hide all other calendars except the one you want to see. You can then Command-click another calendar to show them all again.
The AppleScript I provided previously for this doesn't work in iTunes 11, but Up Next can be used instead.
I previously submitted this AppleScript to provide a way to play one song then stop playback in iTunes. The script doesn't work in iTunes 11, but Up Next can be used instead. Also, using this method, it can be accomplished entirely from the keyboard. (It's important to note that "All controls" must be checked at the bottom of the Keyboard Shortcuts tax tab in the Keyboard pane of System Preferences.)
The objective is to be able to select a single song in a playlist, make it start playing, then prevent playback from continuing after the song has been played in its entirety. This can be done in iTunes 11 by selecting a song to play using alternating key presses of Tab, Shift-Tab, Up Arrow and Down Arrow. The next step is most important: open the Up Next list with Command-Option-U, and check to be sure no titles appear in the list (if there are any, press Tab until the "Clear" button is highlighted, then press the spacebar to "click" that button; otherwise press Escape or Command-Option-U again to exit the list), then press Return to play the song. You can pause and resume the song with spacebar if desired, and playback will still stop at the end of the song as long as you don't add anything to the Up Next list in the meantime.
[kirkmc adds: This does seem a bit complicated, but there's no way to use AppleScript to manipulate the Up Next queue, unfortunately.]
After upgrading to iTunes 11, I found it was impossible to change added files from music to podcasts.
A couple of podcasts I listen to that have subscriptions, but only one of them automatically downloads to iTunes. The other one requires me to go to the website, log in, and manually download the file.
What I then used to do was add it to iTunes by double-clicking it, then I'd stop the playback and get info on the track. I would add the show's info (which was missing), and then set it to remember playback position, skip when shuffling, and set its Media Type to Podcast. Since the Artist and Album matched the other files for that podcast, it would end up in that folder, and behave like any other podcast.
With iTunes 11, I can no longer change the file's type to Podcast. It always reverts to music. I can make it an audiobook, or any other type of media, but not a podcast.
This was annoying to say the least. So I went looking for a way to do this, and found a small free app called Typecast from Red Sweater Software.
With Typecast, you drop the mp3 file onto the app's window, enter the name of the podcast, and it sets the Media Type to podcast, and adds it to iTunes. It makes a new podcast for each file you add, even though they are the same podcast, but it shows up under the main list on my iPod, and that's what I wanted.
I don't know if this is an iTunes bug, but this is a workaround.
[kirkmc adds: Yes, it's a bug, and I assume that it will be fixed in the next update, but in the meantime, I think a lot of people will benefit from this hint.]
If you use Home Sharing and have multiple libraries on your network, you can add tracks from a shared library to Up Next. Just mount a shared library, then drag a track from that library to the Up Next list or icon. You can add single or multiple tracks, and re-order them in the Up Next queue, as long as the library remains available.
iTunes 11 has been very controversial, and many people are disappointed with its limited viewing options, and are looking for ways to downgrade to iTunes 10.7, the previous version. This is possible, yet it is a bit complex. This thread on StackExchange shows what you need to do to be able to downgrade, though it assumes you have a Time Machine backup or other recent clone of OS X, because it requires restoring certain frameworks in addition to the iTunes application itself.
If you do this, make sure you back up your entire system, and make sure to read the entire thread to see certain problems that may occur.
After upgrading to iTunes 11, a lot of my artwork has vanished. This is the case for all my movies and TV shows, and several dozen albums. The artwork is still in the files, but iTunes won't display it. I've heard from a number of other people this has happened to as well.
I found that it is possible to make it visible again by selecting an item (say a movie), pressing Command-I, clicking on the Artwork tab, then selecting the artwork, cutting it and pasting it back. After pressing OK, the artwork displayed again. (Though for some files, I needed to quit and relaunch iTunes to see the artwork.) In some cases, for movies, simply displaying the Artwork tab of the Info window was enough to get iTunes to display the art.
With albums, it was a bit more difficult. I needed to select a single item to copy the artwork, then select an entire album to paste it. But this seems to work for all my files.
I wish there were a way to automate this. Doug, any thoughts?
While it's not obvious, you can use the MiniPlayer with full screen mode in iTunes 11.
Switch out of full screen mode, set iTunes to show on all desktops via the Dock, open the MiniPlayer as a separate window (Window > MiniPlayer), then click the full screen button on the main window.
I currently have the MiniPlayer sitting in the upper-right corner of my 17" MBP's screen so that I can quickly access it while working on my 27" LED Cinema Display with iTunes running fullscreen in the background.
[kirkmc adds: This works as described. However, if you have the MiniPlayer set to float above other windows (in the iTunes Advanced preferences), then it won't display when you switch to iTunes. This makes sense, of course, because you don't need it when there.
Also, this is the only way to get the MiniPlayer to work across spaces, if you use them. If iTunes is not in full-screen mode, then the MiniPlayer only displays in iTunes' space.]