One step forward, two steps back. This has been iTunes for the past few years. With rumors about Apple Music undergoing changes, there are now plausible rumors that the overall iTunes interface will be changing as well.
MacRumors is reporting that iTunes will see the return of the sidebar. Finally.
Here’s a screenshot (from MacRumors) showing the sidebar, the new media selection menu, and the new Up Next button (to the right of the iTunes LCD):
I know many users missed the sidebar; you can access it now when you’re in Playlists view. That popup menu to select different media types doesn’t look like a good idea, but moving the Up Next button probably is. Up Next is notoriously complicated, and simply moving the button won’t help users understand it any better.