Currently Being ModeratedFeb 15, 2014 6:20 AM (in response to cargaut)
I reckon Apple could make life a lot easier for everyone if they included pop up descriptions or help topics when you placed the cursor on an item or menu. At is stands there are none you have to read the complete user manual to play a track. So Apple, wake up and do something about this dinosaur you have created.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 15, 2014 6:28 AM (in response to cargaut)
iTunes died when Steve Jobs passed away
I now only use iTunes to update my music on my phone and nothing else, iTunes ***** big time and having used jRiver for the past six months I can see just how rubbish iTunes is, it used to be ok but it died with Jobs.
I no longer have problems with crashing player, losing playlists and such bugs that have been a part of iTunes for so long... and no long waits for the search to accept words everything runs smoothly... but most of all no more duplicates that iTunes loves making.
such a shame it just tarnishes the products that apple produce, by having a media player that is bugged and poorly designed.
there are so many better programs so i would suggest doing what i do... i export my playlist that i want on my phone to itunes and then I dont need itunes for anything else... I also no longer buy music from apple, as everything on there can be purchased elsewhere and normally cheaper.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 15, 2014 2:12 PM (in response to oneluis)
Completely agree now that you mention it; that iTunes died along with Mr. Jobs. And that's just about the time when versions 9 and 10 were making the rounds. 9 & 10 were truly the last viable iterations of the iTunes client application.
You know what they broke now? The help function. A seemingly inoccuous feature, but nevertheless the inexperienced & fickle cloud pundits managed to break it. Here's the deal. First, in itunes 4 through 9 you received a nice self-contained help file (in .chm for windows). It was just about complete, IF not already complete. In lieu of a real printed documentation (I can understand that), you get a thorough and easy-to-read manual in digital form. And it isn't in a busy format. Best of all it is congenial. A decent read.
Then in 10 they took it away and replaced with with a stripped-down browser. You have to have an internet connection to access any sort of help file or program documentation. All the help text is located on some server 50,000 miles away. On of them cloud things. But at least you could still print the entire contents to a local .PDF file.
And now in this latest version 11 they took away the ability to print! Ughh.. Can't they do anything right anymore? Programs made by supposedly "lesser" software houses are more bug-free and complete. Not only that, this new online help thing is harder to read. They changed the font and spacing and mechanics of how it looks. My brain is screaming, "Just STOP already!"
When I inquired about this I received a response that it reduced the distribution size. The amount you had to download was less. I can see this being an issue in the 56.6K modem days. But even then the localized help file only added a few tens of KBytes. In today's broadband world, this is not an excuse.
Then, later, the opinion was shifted to, "Well it's easier for us to update online. And you're assured of the latest and greatest information." Pffaaggghhh! You know you're releasing incomplete material if you have to keep some of it in-house and constantly update it. What are we downloading? Something incomplete? Is the program functionality changing? Why not just do the job correctly from the beginning? Spend a day or two fixing and reviewing errors?
Unfortunately this philosophy is still prevalent throughout many design aspects of the current iTunes. The missing and incomplete help documentation is but one little part.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 18, 2014 4:03 AM (in response to Rassilon)
You forgot the MOST important part:
In the upper left corner dropdown menu, click "Show menu bar"
Ohhh, now I can see my Library, my Devices, my playlists... OMG why is so hard???
Apple has decided what you like.
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Currently Being ModeratedFeb 28, 2014 6:33 PM (in response to cargaut)
I am never purchasing another Apple device until itunes becomes less stressful!!! Apple...make your music portion on your iTunes user friendly and allow us to manage what songs we want on our devices instead of per album. Thanks for the expensive headache...your about to lose a customer. By the way...my Galaxy is not as frustrating as my iPhone was.
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Currently Being ModeratedFeb 28, 2014 4:19 PM (in response to mparsons1)
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas. We can only hope and pray that one day Apple will respond in an official manner. Or better yet, simply make the necessary changes.
I myself want to purchase some new ipods. But iTunes needs to be fixed before I start spending again.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 28, 2014 6:32 PM (in response to mparsons1)
Dear Apple, take your ipads, ipods, iphones and all other devices and stick them up your you know what!!! I am never purchasing another Apple device until itunes becomes less stressful!!!
Please do not purchase an Apple product even after they make less stressful!!!
Currently Being ModeratedMar 4, 2014 5:53 PM (in response to cargaut)
I recently bought a new MacBook Pro and so had to make the jump from Snow Leopard to Mavericks. I have to say, I was very afraid of Mavericks, having seen some of the absurdities of Lion such as loss of Save As function. I'll have to say Mavericks isn't bad at all. It's a very functional and modern OS.
But iTunes 11 is an abomination. I find myself Googling how to do things that I used to be able to figure out on my own. It's a horribly confusing interface. What were they thinking?
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