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Really wish Apple hadn't broken the Music app in iOS 7

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Sep 20, 2013 12:58 PM

I've been a fan of Apple's handling of music since the original iPods.  I have a lot of music, so I have always appreciated how easy it was to navigate my large collection.  That is until I unwittingly upgraded my iPhone to iOS 7.


Somewhere the designers decided that it would be more elegant or pretty to have albums listed together under each Artist.  It probably seemed pretty benign to a casual user of the app.  It brings more of your music together which is going to make it easier.  Right???   WRONG.


I'm sure that there are many people who are going to find the best thing about the previous organization on the iPod/iPhones has suddenly become the worst.


Just to give a little background, using Artists > Albums > Tracks on selected album is really the only way to deal with a large collection.  The list of Albums is simply too large and an alphabetical list is pretty useless anyway.  Really, the only way to quickly get to what I wanted was to scroll the list of Artists, pick and album from the list, and the pick the track i wanted to start with.  FAST.  EASY.


Now, in someone's infinite wisdom, I have lost something that I have used daily for well over 10 years.  Now, when I select an artist from the list, I'm not presented with a nice list of albums.  I get a huge list of songs.  In many cases, there are hundreds of songs in this list.  If I want to find a specific album, I either have to type its name (LAME) or just start scrolling down this huge list.


Additionally, this list is not sorted alphabetically.  It appears to be chronological, however I'm guessing that problems with tagging could throw that off as well.  I'm not completely opposed to the idea of chronological sorting, but MAKE IT A CONFIGURATION OPTION.  I feel like Apple should not pull the rug from under a passionate user base that in many case has been using (and loving) their technology for up to 12 years.  Don't make assumptions about what people want.  And, if you think you have a great idea, at least leave configuration options to turn it back for those who don't like your changes.


I guess ultimately listening to music isn't that important in the scheme of things, but for the sake of argument, Apple has completely crippled the usage of the Music app for me.  And, based on my observation, I can't see a good reason for it.


If anyone with any power to effect change in the product reads these ramblings, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE change it back.  Or, at least provide an option so that I can change it back myself.



iPhone 5, iOS 7


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