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White background in iTunes 9

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  • KittyBird Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 12, 2009 3:27 PM (in response to JJ Lehto)
    I agree - the interface is miserable - Hard to navigate, hard to figure out where things are, and even worse - so slow to load it's not even worth it. And don't even get me started on those incredibly annoying horizontal scroll bars - HATE them.
    MacBook Pro/iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Redfish123 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 12, 2009 4:18 PM (in response to Lava_Head)
    There is a way to get the gray background back! Go to: http://macthemes2.net/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=550231#p550231
    MacBook 13" Unibody
  • Imperial Blaze Calculating status...
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    Sep 13, 2009 4:44 AM (in response to Lava_Head)
    Just told Apple what i though of their idea to use that stupid white background.

    I want an iPhoto slider so i can select how light/dark i want the background to be! How hard can it be?
    MacBook Pro Uni 2.8GHz mid 2009, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • marcotronic Calculating status...
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    Sep 13, 2009 5:42 AM (in response to Lava_Head)
    Apple, please change that ugly white background. Did you let your apprentice designer choose the color scheme? It really looks totally crappy and I hate to open the program since version 9. Please, please, please, give us our old color back...
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • FamilyJules Calculating status...
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    Sep 13, 2009 11:51 AM (in response to Lava_Head)
    Paint it black guys. Or anything but white. Yak. Dull. Hurts eyes ;(
    MBP 2.8, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • haroK Calculating status...
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    Sep 13, 2009 1:42 PM (in response to alabanco)
    Grid view white background: please, I want my black background to come back!!!
    PowerBook G4ยด-15", Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • L.D.O. Calculating status...
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    Sep 13, 2009 2:03 PM (in response to Lava_Head)
    Hello

    This white background bussiness, hard on the eyes...kills the album artwork...no good at all and not the usual quality we expect from apple!!! It would be so so so so easy to program to be able to choose your own background colour...
    HP Pavillion, Windows Vista
  • Lego Guy Calculating status...
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    Sep 13, 2009 2:05 PM (in response to Lava_Head)
    Apple=Microsoft=Apple=cr_a_p_py releases. I am about to ditch my Ipod and go get a different mp3 player. The white background is harsh on the eyes, and with no options to change it it is terrible. Come on Apple do the right thing and be better than Microsoft.
    Windows XP
  • Drusus Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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    Sep 13, 2009 3:52 PM (in response to Mixtzin)
    I couldn't agree with you more. I lost 85% of my sight in my left eye, and find that the white background is extremely harsh. That 15% i have left in my left eye is bad enough, but when i use iTunes 9 now, I have to squint or close that eye in order to get a reasonable image through my right, without being completely dazzled by the white screen area. My only way of managing is to use the "Universal Access" functions and Invert The Screen colours. This works to a certain extent, and does take the harsh glare away, but now everything else looks weird with all the colours inverted.

    Apple claims to being "Disability Aware", and they are very good with some of the more extremes such as Braille etc.., but to make such a monumental ****-up of something so basic as this, beggars belief!

    I am extremely disappointed with Apple for doing this, and just wish i knew where to get a copy of the previous iTunes for my Macbook pro and how to install it over version 9.
    MacBook Pro 2.8 Ghz 15" (Unibody), 4GB Ram, 20' iMac G5 PPC(iSight)2.5GB Ram,, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Airport Extreme Base Station 802.11n iPhone 3G, 40GB iPod Photo, 4GB White Nano
  • Drusus Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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    Sep 13, 2009 4:31 PM (in response to Redfish123)
    Thanks for giving us all this link, but in stage 2, where it says"

    "...Copy the iTunes.exe you get from the pack into the path referred above..."

    Where do you get that pack from, as surely t cant be the v9 yiu download from the iTunes page as that would just put the same file back ~ or would it?

    If yiu could clarify, that would be great

    Thanks
    MacBook Pro 2.8 Ghz 15" (Unibody), 4GB Ram, 20' iMac G5 PPC(iSight)2.5GB Ram,, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Airport Extreme Base Station 802.11n iPhone 3G, 40GB iPod Photo, 4GB White Nano
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,475 points)
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    Sep 13, 2009 7:55 PM (in response to FamilyJules)
    This question arises from genuine curiosity, not an attempt to be sarcastic. I just realized that the background (or most of it) of these forums is white. I've never heard anyone complain about it being painful (doesn't mean they haven't, of course). How is this different? If the white is so blinding, have people considered just turning down the brightness on their monitors a little? I am not, by the way, suggesting this as the long term solution to people's concerns.

    And, of course, continue to provide your feedback to Apple:

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/itunesapp.html

    Best of luck.
    MacBook Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6), Current iPods: 3 Gen Nano 4 gig, 1st gen 16 gig Touch, 2nd Gen 32 gig Touch
  • lukethegooner Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Sep 14, 2009 12:58 AM (in response to Meg St._Clair)
    Meg St._Clair wrote:
    This question arises from genuine curiosity, not an attempt to be sarcastic. I just realized that the background (or most of it) of these forums is white. I've never heard anyone complain about it being painful (doesn't mean they haven't, of course)


    I did think this myself. To be honest it's the iTunes store I find most cluttered and cumbersome to use and where I find the white doesn't really work or at least, it's such a change from before and not for the better.

    Seeing as this requires Safari 4.0.3 then it did strike me that Apple were just trying to bring it in line with most of their other webspages that are white.

    The devil is in the detail and at the least, Apple have taken their eye off the ball here.

    The column headers that scroll 'with' the track listings in some scenario's are a give away. This isn't a great deal in the scale of things IMO. It doesn't stop you using the store. Again, attention to detail. It's the small things that matter in a user experience.

    The fact that the Films and TV Programmes section in the iTunes store are still black but the other sections aren't. Give away. Lack of consistency. Bad designing. Attention to detail.

    I still think the black looks better within the iTunes environment, both the store and general app itself. The grid view is of course very iPhoto so some user selection there would be greatly appreciated. I have no idea how hard this is to develop / code but as it's present in iPhoto I imagine they have the required know-how and code to hand (as opposed to developing and testing from scratch)??

    Personally I'd like to think SJ is back in the office kicking some serious a** about this and sending several junior managers scurrying to all parts of the office to have their developers, wherever they maybe, start coding like mad to have this put right, and sharpish!!

    Luke

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  • Wilmo1 Calculating status...
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    Sep 14, 2009 3:33 AM (in response to Lava_Head)
    Apple bring back the black
    MacBook Pro, iMac3.06, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • MrAlexe Calculating status...
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    Sep 14, 2009 4:54 AM (in response to Wilmo1)
    Apple, I want my black background back!
    MacBook 13" 2.4GHz 4Gb RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iPod Photo 30Gb
  • LedHead6880 Calculating status...
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    Sep 14, 2009 6:03 AM (in response to Meg St._Clair)
    honestly, it has to do with the context. a tastefully made website with a white background is not a problem to me. in fact, in iPhoto i use a white background just like in iTunes 9. i find a darker background distasteful in iPhoto for some reason. in iTunes however, the white just makes everything look so bland and washed out and quite ugly, i just can't put my finger on how to describe it. i think a big reason has to do with how close together the items are in the grid view. in iPhoto the pics are very close together and therefore it cuts down on the intrusion from the white background. but in iTunes the album covers are very far apart and let more white show through, it draws attention away from the album covers and makes your eyes focus on the white. it just looks weird and i dislike it very much. i'd much rather have a dark gray to soften up the background and bring out the colors of the album art. i love looking at the album art for music i have, and grid view is (was) a big part of the iTunes experience, for me at least. the inclusion of all white headers and columns and what not is also part of the problem. would you drive a white car with white trim and white interior and white hubcaps?? it's just not what you'd expect from high paid, supposedly skilled, graphic designers...
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