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  • 225. Re: iTunes 10 - where's the color?
    Promiceus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Heh, I found probably most ridiculous Apple design 'thing'. Anybody can see it. Open up iTunes 10. Select 'iTunes Store'. Now in the search bar type anything ("music" will be fine in a case). Now look at the screen in iTS: you've got big POWER SEARCH, to the right is "albums" and right under 'power search' you see 'filter by media type' box with... colored icons below! Now take a bigger view to the whole iTunes window: right side by side you've got the same icons in grey in iTunes bar and in color in iTunes store! Two types of same icons already - how far it can go? Think about it: it's really SAME icons drawn in two different ways... Yep, somebody please try to prove that Apple is the same it was years ago...
  • 226. Re: iTunes 10 - where's the color?
    Chris Gordon3 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    simon.goodwin wrote:


    It would appear that Apple does monitor these forums as they deleted my post in which I said I don't like the new iTunes 10 logo and new UI design.
    So I have sent feedback instead.

    Could Apple be guilty of trying to remove negative opinion from these discussion pages? I hope not.


    They most definitely do. It's happened to me before. They don't like any negative comment on their software. The feedback form is always the best option.
  • 227. Re: iTunes 10 - where's the color?
    Chris Gordon3 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Well anyway I'm glad there's an option to return the "traffic lights" to their proper place (which was the first thing I did after install). Not sure why Apple made that decision — which also goes against their own interface guidelines.

    Now if only there was a simple way to bring back color icons. Despite Steve's position that the "focus is on the content & album art, not tiny icons" it's obvious that a lot of people don't like them. Including myself.
  • 228. Re: iTunes 10 - where's the color?
    Stormcrow51 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Promiceus wrote:
    Heh, I found probably most ridiculous Apple design 'thing'. Anybody can see it. Open up iTunes 10. Select 'iTunes Store'. Now in the search bar type anything ("music" will be fine in a case). Now look at the screen in iTS: you've got big POWER SEARCH, to the right is "albums" and right under 'power search' you see 'filter by media type' box with... colored icons below! Now take a bigger view to the whole iTunes window: right side by side you've got the same icons in grey in iTunes bar and in color in iTunes store! Two types of same icons already - how far it can go? Think about it: it's really SAME icons drawn in two different ways... Yep, somebody please try to prove that Apple is the same it was years ago...


    Well, it's probably only a matter of time before the icons get greyed out in the store as well - after all, the emphasis has to be on the content artwork and they can't have unnecessary splashes of colour somewhere else on the screen distracting the user!
  • 229. Re: iTunes 10 - where's the color?
    albalboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    TERRIBLE!! I have always loved everything Apple but its so much harder to visually identify things quickly, now you have to read before you click which takes longer, before you could click without even thinking!!

    Please bring the COLOR BACK!! Also the menu bar at the top with Info, Apps etc is hardly visible!!
  • 230. Re: iTunes 10 - where's the color?
    davidderrick Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    It's going to be fascinating to see how Apple respond to all this. Modifying the logo of a key product soon after it is launched will look pretty weak and pathetic and they may resist doing it, despite clear evidence that many (perhaps most) people hate it.

    We KNOW that iT10 was put together in a hurry – because there is no other way of explaining the Album list features which have been discussed here (name to the right of the cover art, so it takes up half the screen ... "Always Show Artwork") – stuff that would have been eliminated if anyone was thinking.
  • 231. Re: iTunes 10 - where's the color?
    Mac Medic (be@MacOSG.com) Level 6 Level 6 (17,290 points)
    How to Put the Color Back into iTunes 10

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  • 232. Re: iTunes 10 - where's the color?
    davidderrick Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Promiceus wrote:
    Heh, I found probably most ridiculous Apple design 'thing'. Anybody can see it. Open up iTunes 10. Select 'iTunes Store'. Now in the search bar type anything ("music" will be fine in a case). Now look at the screen in iTS: you've got big POWER SEARCH, to the right is "albums" and right under 'power search' you see 'filter by media type' box with... colored icons below! Now take a bigger view to the whole iTunes window: right side by side you've got the same icons in grey in iTunes bar and in color in iTunes store! Two types of same icons already - how far it can go? Think about it: it's really SAME icons drawn in two different ways... Yep, somebody please try to prove that Apple is the same it was years ago...


    Great point and yet more evidence that 10 left the drawing board long before it was ready.
  • 233. It’s about directing you to purchasable content.
    Michael Lowry Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Sekoya wrote:
    I think the real motivation behind this is to focus on the iTMS and Ping pages (which are [chock] full of colour), make what you can buy colourful and what you already own bland.


    I believe you hit the nail on the head, Sekoya. From Apple’s point of view, the iTunes/iOS ecosystem has reached a level of market penetration where the focus has shifted from improving the app to exploiting app’s presence on the desktop to sell more content.

    Since the introduction of the iTunes Music Store, Apple has made each release of iTunes more focused on directing users to stuff they can buy. Here’s just one example: If you click the little gray arrow to the right of an album name, you might expect iTunes to take you to that album in your own music library; but instead, it redirects you to the album in the iTunes Music Store.

    Here’s another example: the Ringtones button reappears periodically in bottom row of icons in the iOS iTunes app, and the Podcasts icon disappears. The user can change this, replacing the Ringtones icon with the Podcasts icon; but after a while, it will change back again. Again, this has the effect of directing you toward stuff you can buy (ringtones) instead of stuff that’s free (podcasts).

    And one last example: it is not possible to have iTunes save your password for free downloads only. If you want iTunes to save your password, simplifying the downloading of free apps, music tracks, and podcasts, then you must also have a valid credit card on file, and allow iTunes to save your password for purchases too.

    Apple’s engineers are well aware that bland, colorless portions of the UI are less likely to capture and hold the interest and attention of the user. This is by design.

    From recent updates to the iTunes app, we can infer the following design objectives:
    1. Reduce the user interface to its spartan, utilitarian minimum, and focus the user’s attention on the content area of the window;
    2. Lead the user quickly to purchasable or promotional content in the Store, and do this from as many places in the app as possible; and
    3. Make it as easy as possible to purchase content.
  • 234. Re: It’s about directing you to purchasable content.
    davidderrick Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    And yet in the main buying area of the store, as Promiceus points out, they are still using colour icons. Plus is the right way to get people into buying mode to give them a design they dislike?
  • 235. Re: It’s about directing you to purchasable content.
    davidderrick Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    OK, I get your point re colour. But still, people have to like the site.
  • 236. Re: iTunes 10 - where's the color?
    dembow Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
    Any of you complainers ever used or at least seen Winamp, the most popular multimedia player on Windows? Take a look at the interface and you'll be glad Apple gave you iTunes 10!
  • 237. Re: iTunes 10 - where's the color?
    Michael Lowry Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    dembow wrote:
    Any of you complainers ever used or at least seen Winamp, the most popular multimedia player on Windows? Take a look at the interface and you'll be glad Apple gave you iTunes 10!


    I do not find “it could be worse” a compelling retort to the argument that the iTunes UI has been downgraded.
  • 238. Re: iTunes 10 - where's the color?
    needsomeihelp Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    Little do they know that they are actually loosing sales in their iTunes Music Store because less people are clicking into that part of this application because it just blends right in with the icons of their iTunes library. Somebody needs to change this colorless mess and satisfy the customers since the beginning and even the new ones of today! I think they must have fired the graphic designer too right after the iPhone Hardware executive and put the engineering team in charge of this. Anyone agree?
  • 239. Re: iTunes 10 - where's the color?
    JASB the Ninja Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Couldn't agree more - Steve, give me back my colours!
    Who thought this was a good idea? "You're fired!"
    JASB the Ninja
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