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Apple acquires CoverFlow iTunes add-on


Apple’s new Cover Flow feature was added to iTunes 7 after the company purchased the similarly named CoverFlow iTunes add-on from independent Mac software developer Steel Skies. “We are pleased to announce that all CoverFlow technology and intellectual property was recently sold to Apple,” says a posting on the developer’s website. “It has been incorporated into the latest version of iTunes.” Cover Flow allows you to flip between your music or video collection with an interface that mimics a real-life CD or DVD collection.

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wow, looks like apple was nice to a developer they snagged an idea from for once! very nice!

Posted by john on September 12, 2006 at 4:57 PM (CDT)


Cover Flow doesn’t work on PC, er just on mine. It says “itunes is unable to browse album covers on this computer.” Anyone else?

Posted by steph on September 13, 2006 at 4:18 AM (CDT)


mine shows glitched covers and the bar under them

Posted by MOMAtteo79 on September 13, 2006 at 6:11 AM (CDT)


Works fine on my PC system… Is a bit slow but could just be becsue I’m running an old p4 w/ 512 and have 75 gigs worth of songs…yeah that might have something to do with it.  Thanks apple for this awesome enhancement.

Posted by jastereo on September 13, 2006 at 9:58 AM (CDT)


I get the same message (PC): “itunes is unable to browse album covers on this computer”. Why? Because I didn’t select the automatic cover thing in the preferences tab? Or it has something to do with RAM memory?

Posted by franco5 on September 13, 2006 at 9:58 AM (CDT)


From what I hear, Coverflow only works if you have the latest DirectX drivers.

Cool that this wasn’t a requirement to run iTunes.

Posted by dasmegabyte on September 14, 2006 at 2:35 PM (CDT)


Nice of them to pay this time - not so nice of them to buy a great program with loads of potential and strip out most of the features that made it truly useful.

Posted by Mike on September 20, 2006 at 3:12 PM (CDT)


FIX FOR “itunes is unable to browse album covers on this computer.” on the Mac.

This is apparently just an issue with iTunes OpenGL Libs not being update correctly. Do this…

Open Terminal..

sudo diskutil repairPermissions /

Hit return..
then enter your admin password..
then open a new Terminal window..

sudo update_prebinding -root / -force

Hit return..
Once these have finished restart. The issue should be resolved.

Posted by joe on March 12, 2007 at 7:28 PM (CDT)

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