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What are your thoughts on the New iTunes 11?

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  • mbalgavy Calculating status...
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    Dec 1, 2012 9:21 AM (in response to Porf)

    anyhow it is far from being an award winning user interface design. unfortunately.

     

    - colour

    the sophisticated layout is being destroy by adding "colourful" symbols (blue note (music), green note (purchased),...) and a dark unnecessary gradient in the status window.

     

    - font

    switching to retro helvetica is so not innovative. makes me wonder why the hardware always pushes new design limits but graphic design for user interfaces is not.why do they need a dropshadow in the status window?

     

    – options
    playlists are forced into an alphabetical order now. this option for unalphabetical sorting should ALWAYS be there. why must Z be last thus hidden and A first?

     

    – forced album cover

    the not-centered square album cover not vertically centered and the left margin is bigger) within the round corners of the status window is a design faux-pas.

    and certainly got no fengshui calmness about it. different angles of round and edgy corners provide no consistency. there should be an option to HIDE this (unwanted) feature as well. it is mostly a black disturbing spot without cover art.

  • Give_me_a_break Calculating status...
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    Dec 1, 2012 9:39 AM (in response to mbalgavy)

    Yeah, looks hideous, doesn't it? Windows-style...

     

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  • Fabini Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 9:54 AM (in response to Porf)

    At first I thought iTunes 11 was a reasonable evolutionary update, then I read the posts on here. Now I know Apple is Satan and they are making the first salvo in the apocalyptic end to this world on December 21st. Oh the humanity!

  • Airsculpture Level 4 Level 4 (1,320 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 10:05 AM (in response to Give_me_a_break)

    You can change that in Preferences to the default grey. You will only see track listings not album art but obviously the custom colour is generated from the artwork.

  • Give_me_a_break Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 10:07 AM (in response to Airsculpture)

    Good point, hadn't seen that one...

  • lemoche Calculating status...
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    Dec 1, 2012 10:20 AM (in response to Dave Hutch)

    really? had an intelligent list with only unrated songs, and upon rating them they disappeared from the list and the next track started...

    yesterday it still worked... today after update: nope

  • Rob S UK Calculating status...
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    Dec 1, 2012 10:28 AM (in response to Porf)

    Just did a test upgrade to iTunes 11 on a spare machine, and I'm glad I didn't do it on my real machine, as I'm not impressed by some of the changes.

     

    I normally shuffle my music, so I have iTunes on the "Album List" view, and I have this displaying the play count, and last play date. The only way I can do this in iTunes 11 is to use the song view, which doesn't display the artwork. This seems a step back in my opinion.

     

    The new Album view may look very nice, but it seems you have to click on each album to display it, and you can't customise it to display play counts and so on.

     

    It seems a lot of people like this upgrade, and I've no desire to argue with them, but for me, I don't like the changes, and will be sticking with iTunes 10.

  • Saki GT Calculating status...
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    Dec 1, 2012 10:42 AM (in response to Rob S UK)

    Yes - Apple threw out many features to replace them with one that some misguided exec thought was better.  A better option would have been to offer more variety of viewing options to suit the myriad users, instead of alienating so many for the "next cool thing" everyone should start using, despite their preferences.

     

    Apple doesn't use focus groups because it recognizes the dangers of them and feature creep, but just as dangerous is ignoring usability studies and understanding its user base, which it apparently has done with iTunes 11.

  • dbleacher4 Calculating status...
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    Dec 1, 2012 10:58 AM (in response to Porf)

    absolutely horrible !!!! please give us a way back !!!!

  • Mac & Fromage Calculating status...
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    Dec 1, 2012 11:26 AM (in response to Give_me_a_break)

    Give_me_a_break wrote:

     

     

    Does anyone lu$t after iTunes, in particular after the last update?

     

     

    What I lu$t after is the ability to easily downgrade to iTunes 10.7.

     

    And what the heII is so ***ing obscene about the word lu$t, anyway? Or the word heII, for that matter. Jesus. Can I say "Jesus?"

  • William Fiveash Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 11:35 AM (in response to Saki GT)

    Saki GT wrote:

     

    Yes - Apple threw out many features to replace them with one that some misguided exec thought was better.  A better option would have been to offer more variety of viewing options to suit the myriad users, instead of alienating so many for the "next cool thing" everyone should start using, despite their preferences.

     

    Apple doesn't use focus groups because it recognizes the dangers of them and feature creep, but just as dangerous is ignoring usability studies and understanding its user base, which it apparently has done with iTunes 11.

     

    Amen to that.  I'm not that upset with the way they changed the layout/organization of library info but I am upset that they either broke things I use all the time (playcount updating for example) or they disabled them (display dupes, opening playlists in new windows, shuffle set by playlist not globally, etc...).  I am far from "delighted" by iTunes 11 and am telling everyone to stay away from it as long as they can.  Certainly it should have been better tested before releasing it (what's the rush, Apple?).

     

    Beyond that what really irrirates me is that I would not have updated to iTunes 11 except recently I installed an SSD as my boot drive, reinstalled Lion and then migrated my settings and apps from my old harddrive.  When this was done somehow iTunes 10.6 was on my SSD instead of 10.7 which was on my old harddrive.  When I started iTunes it errored out saying my iTunes library was made with a newer version and I needed to update iTunes.  Instead of finding the install image for iTunes 10.7 I just installed 11 and have regretted that ever since.  Thanks Apple (not).

  • MikeHout Calculating status...
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    Dec 1, 2012 11:50 AM (in response to Porf)

    The new iTunes 11 will not work with speakers connected to my home network.

  • cowmamba Calculating status...
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    Dec 1, 2012 11:57 AM (in response to finnolbinski)

    I have to agree. I really really really miss the grid view for artists! I don't get why we can only see grid view within the albums view. This dicision doesn't make any sense to me. Now if I have to sift through tons of albums from the same artist just to get to the one I want to listen to, or scroll endlessly on a list on the left side.  This grid view for albums doesn't work well when artists have 15 or more albums.. I have many artists that have several albums; Tom waits, Kiss, gwar, dillon, etc.

  • GeeKe123 Calculating status...
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    Dec 1, 2012 12:12 PM (in response to Fabini)

    You realy belive that story of Doomsday.....

    HAHAHAHA

    AND YOU BELIVE APPLE IS SATAN HAHAHAHA

    Dont talk **** belive it or not

    OK i think apple is getting worser but because that its not Satan

    HAHAHA

    POINTLESS POST DOING NOTHING WITH THE QUESTION:

    What are your thoughts on the New iTunes 11?

  • MN_DNA87654 Calculating status...
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    Dec 1, 2012 12:36 PM (in response to Porf)

    So, the executive that was in charge of Apple Maps is now in charge of iTunes?  This is awful, I hope there is an easy way to get back to the previous version of iTunes (before they screwed up the UI) and never update iTunes again.

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