Library viewing modes
Cover Flow allows users to browse their libraries visually by cover art.
iTunes users can choose to view their music and video libraries in one of four ways - as a standard list, as a list but with accompanying album artwork (with songs grouped by album), in Cover Flow or in Grid View.
The standard list view displays library files with many optional detail fields, including name, artist, album, genre, user rating, and play count. Item backgrounds alternate between white and a light blue-gray for readability.
The list with accompanying album artwork view mode is much the same as the standard list view, only the list is broken up by albums, with the artwork as the header of the list. Although this allows users to browse content more visually, sorting the list view by name will accordingly break up the library into redundant instances of each album. Accordingly, as with Cover Flow view, the second view mode is most appropriate for users who sort their libraries by album.
Cover Flow displays all of the user's album art as CD covers in a slideshow format. It sorts the albums into artist, genre, etc. Compilation albums are only shown as a single album cover if the compilation tag for each of the album's tracks is turned on. If the song(s) from the album were imported from a 'mix' CD, the album artwork will be displayed as a default music note pictures. Cover flow was first introduced in version 7.0.
Grid View is similar to Cover Flow, displaying the user's cover art in a grid rather than a side-scrolling format. While using this view mode, albums can also be sorted into groups by artist, genre, or composer.
iTunes can also sort songs using secondary parameters, album by artist or album by year, to make its artwork-centered interfaces more intuitive.