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Summary:

Almost every year, Apple releases a new version of iTunes with some new feature. Last year it was Home Sharing. This year, it’s Ping. Apple also usually tweaks the UI, many times creating a backlash. This year Apple has outdone itself.

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Almost every year, Apple releases a new version of iTunes with some new feature. Last year it was Home Sharing. This year, it’s Ping. Apple also usually tweaks the UI, many times creating a backlash. This year Apple has outdone itself.

Vertical Buttons

I’ll start with the most obvious UI tweak: the close/minimize/maximize buttons. I understand why Apple made this change: it saves space. When you hit the maximize button in iTunes, you get the mini-player, which has vertical close/min/max buttons in order to save space. Apple used the same reasoning with the main iTunes window.

There is a way you can disable it. Fire up Terminal and enter the following code:

defaults write com.apple.iTunes full-window -boolean YES

That will put the buttons back horizontally. You can change it back if you want to by changing the “YES” to a “NO”.

I don’t mind this change that much. I usually use the keyboard shortcuts to close or minimize iTunes anyway, and the vertical buttons do save space (if only a little).

Monochrome Sidebar

This one really irks me: Apple completely did away with color in the icons in the sidebar. To show you why this was such a dumb idea, I’m going to quote from Apple’s own Human Interface Guidelines:

Making each toolbar icon distinct helps the user associate it with its purpose and locate it quickly. Variations in shape, color, and image all help to differentiate one toolbar icon from another.

Making all the sidebar icons monochrome makes it harder to identify them, especially since they’re all similar in size. Back in iTunes 9, you could easily tell where the iTunes Store was because its icon was green. In iTunes 10, you have to distinguish between the shapes, which is harder for us to do and takes more time.

There are currently a couple of hacks available to address this.

Show/Hide in the Sidebar

Another change made to the sidebar is getting rid of the triangle buttons on the left of list headings. These have been replaced by “Show/Hide” buttons that only appear when you’re hovering over a list name.

Album List View

Album list view is basically list view, but with albums on the side. A version of this existed in iTunes 9, but Apple tweaked the functionality of it as well as added a new toolbar button for it.

The New Icon

The new iTunes icon isn’t bad, it’s just not terribly interesting. I think Apple should have used a color other than blue, because, as Josh pointed out, there’s already a surplus of blue icons in OS X (Finder, Mail, Safari, iChat, QuickTime, etc). Purple would’ve worked nicely.

Apple chose to change the icon as the former “CD” icon has become less and less relevant in the age of digital downloads. But Apple could have taken it a step further. It could have changed the name as well, seeing as iTunes has long been for more than just music. My current favorite is “iMedia,” but that’s a little too broad; media can be images, as well. Also, “iMedia” doesn’t sound as good as “iTunes.” I think Apple will eventually change the name (and the icon to reflect that).

If you’d like tou can change the icon yourself:

  1. Open your Applications folder in Finder and highlight iTunes.
  2. Right click on it and select “Show Package Contents”.
  3. Go to Content -> Resources and replace the iTunes.icns with a new one. There’s already some great replacement icons coming out, like this one from Mattias Ekstrom. Of course, you can also just use the old iTunes icon.

Conclusion

It seems to me like most of the changes in iTunes are changes for change’s sake; just to make it look newer. The only really new feature in iTunes is Ping, and that’s basically just a link in the sidebar.

Do you love or hate iTunes 10? What other new names might work for it? Tell us in the comments.

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  1. i think changing the logo is the first step of itunes re-branding, which is not easy. I think they already know that itunes” is false

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  2. The UI Changes don’t bother me so much. The greyscale sidebar icons are the most bothersome, but not so much really.

    I would agree there’s not much reason for a whole version upgrade. This is more like iTunes 9.5. Although, the download was about 40 MB smaller so I’m sure there’s a great deal of underpinnings that have changed as well.

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  3. Samuel Herschbein Friday, September 3, 2010

    I hate the new interface. When media was in its infancy it was Black & White. Now that we have Retina displays & bright LCDs we’re going back to Black & White. WTF?

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  4. Er… you know that only a tiny minority of iTunes users are running Mac right?

    First they should fix iTunes so it’ doesn’t run like crap on Windows 7.

    It also broke all my podcast subscriptions for some reason. Bleh.

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    1. The site *is* called TheAppleBlog, so we generally don’t cover Windows.

      Performance of Apple software on Windows has always been atrocious, and no one’s sure why. They could definitely make it better, but I think the rate at which iTunes is getting new features outweighs the effort they’re willing to put into making it perform better on Windows.

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      1. Hmmm… Read your own conclusion again (“Change for change’s sake[...]No new features[...]“), and your defense of Apple’s bad Windoze performance is that the rate of new features is good enough so that they don’t put effort into getting it to run better on that O/S. Makes no sense.

        And of course making it run better on an O/S you don’t use is outweighed by X other priority.

        No flamewar start here, just pointing out some stuff that stood out in your arguments…

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      2. @gm I meant from their perspective, as in the people developing iTunes are putting too many new features in for them to consider how it runs on Windows. I think they should spend more time optimizing performance, on both platforms. I’d rather have a faster iTunes than an iTunes with Ping.

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      3. Have you thought of re-naming this site TheMacOSBlog? If you’re covering Apple products, might as well cover them where they’re used most.

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      4. The “Apple” Blog should surely cover Apple products, not just Apple products that are RUN on Apple products? The vast majority of Apple product owners run Windows… Or are you saying their should be a separate blog for this majority: “TheAppleProductRunningOnWindowsBlog”? Just saying, it seems strange to ignore the biggest customer base.

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    2. Wait…Sean, are you saying that the “large” majority of iTunes users are Windows users?

      I’d love to see some stats to back that up the “tiny minority” you’re referring to, because frankly I don’t believe it.

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      1. Don;t think there is a way to get the actual numbers (will Apple release them?), but just think about all the Windows users who have iPods/iPhones/iPads and must install iTunes to communicate with their device. Given Windows’ marketshare of the PC O/S market and Apple’s marketshare in those three devices, it stands to reason (to me, anyway) that a lot of Windows iTunes installs exist.

        As to whether or not it’s a big majority only Apple knows, but I think it’s very highly likely that there are more Windows iTunes installs than MacOS.

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      2. Definitely would agree there are WAY more Windows installs of iTunes than Mac. Seems like a given.
        Take a look at views on discussion.apple.com:

        1.1 million views for iTunes on Windows topic
        773k for iTunes on Mac

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      3. No its definitely not “tiny”. there could be a bigger percentage of windows users running iTunes but sure isn’t very small. Besides that there are allot of people changing to a mac because of the experience with there iPhone’s and other Apple devices. Simple,Beautiful,Fast,Powerful and it gets the job done. Just like we all want it. i’m not saying Windows is shit. but people underestimate Mac as well as other apple devices.

        On the other hand I don’t have a good experience with Microsoft applications for Mac. they remain bad like example Messenger for Mac.

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      4. Yes – yes I am saying the “large” minority are running iTunes on Windows.

        Some basic numbers – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS_market_share

        Ok accuracy is always an issue, but it’s a good ballpark – certainly OSX is less than 10% – and that’s in the US, globally it’s much lower.

        Only Apple knows for sure, but the iPod line has sold extremely well – enough that iTunes installed base should start to match overall OS numbers fairly well. Even if more Mac users have iPods than PC users, iTunes will still be massively more widely installed on Windows than Mac.

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    3. I definitely agree with you about it running like crap on Windows. Before I got my Mac I had a simple PC desktop. So I know what you mean even though that was many years back.

      If I could decide what to change about iTunes it would be the name even though the name is hard to let go. And the logo does look good but it misses something unique. I design so i think there should be a little more thinking about the logo. Then again I think Apple isn’t really happy with the new logo. It was mainly meant for getting rid of the CD in the image. Further more I like the solid logo’s in the sidebar. just needs to get used to like everything does.

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  5. I think they went for the monochrome look to emphasize AirPlay — the icon at bottom right is nearly the only instance of bright colour in the entire UI. The functionality is no different than when it was a simple grey button that said “Speakers”, but it draws more attention to the wireless streaming functionality that iTunes has long had. Likely no coincidence the change coincides with the announcement of the new AppleTV.

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  6. I think a lot of bloggers/people have forgotten that iTunes is the vehicle that Apple has used over the years to premiere new UI changes. Remember how Apple changed iTunes before Leopard (OS 10.5) came out? Come to find out when Leopard shipped, all the UI windows became more like iTunes. Remember when cover flow was adopted into iTunes? Well that showed up in Finder after that! This is not about change just for the sake of change, this looks like a glimpse of OS 10.7. Just another taste of the future.

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    1. They better not make the icons in Finder monochrome.

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      1. mmh they did that already with Leopard folders, didn’t they?

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  7. Sadly at this point I don’t think Apple can change the name or move any of the functionality out of iTunes and into another app. iTunes is the go to app for too much stuff and making any changes would just confuse a large portion of their user base.

    Also sadly iTunes X is still Carbon and likely to remain that way to ease porting to Windows. I was really hoping to see a Cocoa rewrite like they did with Quicktime.

    Other than moving the buttons I don’t mind the new UI changes though. I always paid more attention to the names than the icons and wouldn’t mind ditching the icons completely.

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    1. I’d like to see them break iTunes up into multiple applications. Maybe they could hand iDevice syncing over to iSync, books over to a new application called iBooks, and so on. I don’t think they’ll end up doing that, though.

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      1. I could see them rewrite it as a thin front end for their cloud.

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      2. No that sounds like something Microsoft would do with a windows application. Just doesn’t make sense to split up iTunes. most of my Mac usage I have iTunes on (not at startup). Having everything in one place is better then running several applications. I think most of us wouldn’t be happy if they made it like that.

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    2. What makes you think iTunes is still carbon? Services work, and Services do not work for carbon applications.

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  8. “In iTunes 10, you have to distinguish between the shapes, which is harder for us to do and takes more time.”

    If this is the case, you need to get your eyes tested. And anyway, your a writer, you went to school; surely you should be able to read the words next to the pictures?

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    1. It’s just a fact of being human: our brains can process color quicker than they can distinguish shapes.

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  9. I agree with Twist. iTunes has become “the go to app for too much stuff.” At this late date, I’m not sure how they could split it apart again, but having a media player, mixed with music and audio book purchases, along with mobile device management, and now a Facebook-like feature makes it a muddle to use. It does too much.

    If they want a name change, I’d recommend iMess.

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  10. I strongly disagree with you in one point: The new icons are much sleeker and less chaotic. In my opinion, it is much easier now to locate and distinguish them and the new layout adds more calmness to the user interface.

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  11. hm yeah, I liked the colourful icons. I know where things are though, so it’s not like it’s debilitating or anything. No, what I find ridiculous is that with every update of iTunes, they seem to increase the line spacing!

    see this screenshot comp:
    http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac52/whatnow-/itunes10linespacing.jpg

    if I also show Books and TV shows, and plug in my iphone or ipod, I literally can’t even see a single playlist. Boo.

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    1. Good point.

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  12. The vertical traffic button is not that bad. However now you cannot differentiate which library you are in. When the buttons are on top, the title bar can show you your active library.

    I found the monochrome icons really bothersome. I think they tried to match them with the iOS navigation icons…

    The hide/show control is nice, however it is not available in Store group. I used to switch between 2 libraries, in which I use the iTunes store only with the first (main) library. Switching them on/off in preferences is quite troublesome.

    I also agree with Mike’s comment.

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  13. Does ANYONE have a hack to bring back the color icons on the Windows version. Seen a few for the Mac so far, but none for Windows.

    –*Rob

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  14. I think they’ll change the name to i

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  15. Why didn’t they just adopt the iTunes icon from iOS? I never understood why these icons were so different when other apps that are found in both OS X and iOS at least look relatively similar.

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  16. I really think its an age thing!

    the ui looks much better imho.

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  17. I totally agree. Adding to the article, the checkboxes take effort to notice now. A hotkey combo that I used a lot is completely GONE — the Command+2 hotkey combo specifically is no longer available for doubling the window size. I assume this is because it’s using the new Quicktime player, but maybe the new player should have the Command+2 added to its functionality.
    I hope there’s a way to hack some of the old look back.

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  18. I really like the monochrome sidebar. I think it looks nice and the colors are too noisy. We don’t need color to find an item and with so many items the colors start to be meaningless.

    I also really like the elimination of the triangles. I don’t like how when you have triangles items don’t have the same left side indent. Also, all these triangles take up space and once you learn how to hide and show, the UI look much nicer. No reason to show all these widgets all the time.

    The new icon is decent. I don’t dislike it. The old one looked very dated.

    I guess the most controversial thing is the vertical buttons. I don’t have a problem with this as long as they are happy for all developers to use this setup. The toolbar at top does look very compact – and that I definitely like. But then I liked tabs on top for Safari. The UI orthodoxy gets tiring after a certain point. Let’s allow a measure if invention even if it breaks a rule here and there….

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  19. I think the second-biggest thing Apple needs to fix with iTunes is the fact that you can’t re-download lost/missing music (more than twice). Media should be available in the cloud.

    The biggest problem is, though, that you can’t easily sync playlists, star ratings, etc… between computers. How many times have I gotten a new computer and re-rated all my music? It’s crazy! Can’t this data be included in the mp3/AAC file? And rebuilding playlists is annoying.

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    1. Take a look at this article it should have all you need to know about transferring to a new computer. All you might have to do is reset your settings in the options menu but that’s about it.

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    2. Take a look at this article (http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/moving-your-itunes-library-to-a-new-hard-drive/) it should have all you need to know about transferring to a new computer. All you might have to do is reset your settings in the options menu but that’s about it.

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  20. I hate it. The lack of color makes it so drab that I don’t even want to look at it. I find this an unnecessary change. I liked using the colors on the sidebar to distinguish which icon was what. I detest it with a passion and it makes me not want to use itunes. What I love about apple is that they are always vibrant and design savvy. Itunes 10 looks like it should be the first model of itunes and not the most current version.

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  21. The UI is new that why it bothers us because we have been used to the old one for ages, once we get use to it we will feel differently.

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  22. I love my new iTunes 10, it’s faster, more simple to use, nicer, and new fetures in design are awesome for me. In addition Ping could be sometimes one of the best social networks out there (cause Apple), just realize it’s just a few days old, so it cannot be as good as facebook :). Even though it has an app for the iPhone!

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  23. I honestly think iTunes has been the clunkiest, most awkward and un-Apple app out there. It’s too much like what we saw with Microsoft apps that transitioned from Windows 98 to XP.

    I hope there’s a day where they just say “Let’s do it!” and tear it down completely, build something Apple-worthy, and then all these minor changes (and our annoyances) will be moot.

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  24. i am using this icon: http://blog.app-juice.com/?p=80
    i can’t stand apples new icon wtf were they thinking?

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  25. Geoff Strickler Saturday, September 4, 2010

    I don’t have a particular issue with the new iTunes 10 icon, it’s not exciting, but it’s not notably better/worse than the iTunes 9 icon.

    I’ve looked at the replacements suggested at http://dribbble.com/search?q=itunes+icon&x=0&y=0
    a few are very good, but most are not as good as the 9 or 10 icon.

    What I think is missing from almost all of the icons is something that indicates iTunes is about more than just music. Something that includes a TV and a phone, maybe even some game reference. Music is currently the main use of iTunes and that should still be the main focal point of the icon. Color should be distinct from the default OS X background and the combination of color and image should make it distinct from the other common icons. I’m not much of a graphic artist myself or I would attempt one, but if any of you are good with graphics, I would love to see something like I’ve described.

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  26. Good lord, I despise the icon. It looks like it came straight out of Geocities– or worse, from one of those “make your own banner/button” sites. Disgusting. Apple knows how to make things pretty– you’d think somewhere in the process someone would have stood up and said “hey, this is ugly.”

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  27. None of the changes really bother me except the icon. It doesn’t strike me as very Apple-esque. Agreed the CD had to go, but it’s not captivating at all. Great job with iTunes overall, and carrying it to version 10.

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  28. Geoff Strickler Saturday, September 4, 2010

    Regarding the other iTunes 10 UI changes:

    “Stoplight” controls: They look ok, but they’re non-standard and there was no reason to change them. Given that nearly every computer ships with a wide-screen display, reducing height is more valuable than width, but there was plenty of room to include the standard window controls and have all the iTunes specific controls to the right of them, so there is no need to have the standard controls take up extra height. They would also work for the Office 2007-2011 style “ribbon” interface. However, for a window with a “normal” title bar, the vertical stoplight controls will use more height in a traditional window, and that’s a bad idea. I can’t envision a good generalized way to use the vertical controls on windows other than to move them to the right side above the vertical scroll bar (assuming you even have a vertical scroll bar).

    Gray icons: Bad idea. As another poster noted, there a a lot of color blind people, so making them more distinct in shape is a good idea, but the gray-on-gray contrast is pretty low making them difficult for everyone. There is no reason to remove color for the 90% of people with normal color vision, most people with color blindness have some level of color vision, just not what is “normal”. There are a number of tools available that will let you see what people with various forms of color blindness will see, use those to help select colors that work for normal and color impaired vision so everyone is well served. Or, for a simple contrast test, print your color image on a black and white printer, if it’s not easy to read there, chances are that some color blind users will have trouble with it.

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  29. “large majority of iTunes users are Windows users” …. I guess you forgot a tiny detail here. WIndows users that are using Apple products (as in iphone, ipod, ipad) …. ;) – other than that I totally agree (and I am mac user). iTunes needs to run perfectly fine on both platforms! Just like Flash had to run perfectly fine on Apple (well, it never did until lately, but too late)…
    But the argument is perfectly valid …

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  30. Has anyone noticed that one can play iPhone music in iTunes without sycing? This is new for 10. In iTunes the music is no longer grayed out in the iPhone folder.

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  31. Yes, itunes 10 design is a complete joke – icons, three buttons to close/etc, weird volume slider, totally weird minimalization of album art pictures, no more table-like row colouring in list view, and so on!

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  32. Really? People are pouting about the new icon? Jesus. Who cares what a dock icon looks like? As long as the program works and works well – which iTunes does – they could use a picture of Pol Pot for all I care.

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    1. @bsangs
      Ha! that gave me a good chuckle! thanks for bringing a little wit to this otherwise dreary little line of discussion. I think this version of iTunes is going to be just fine

      TH

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  33. I like the new close/minimize/maximize buttons, they save space in the window which is useful for me because I never have a window occupying the entire screen. I’m not very shaken over the monochrome sidebar icons either, I think they look nice and cohesive. But they could’ve made it an option or made the icon color when that menu is open. What I really don’t like is the new dock icon, it looks so crappy and low-quality in comparison to all the other detail-rich Apple icons.

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  34. Folks, I completely agree with this blogpost and I personally think new iTunes 10 GUI looks like sh!t. They also added some whitespace in the table near the track names.

    Vertical buttons: well, maybe next time Apple will do it diagonal, you never know!

    Monochrome icons: I might guess why. Since Android and Sony oversells Apple recently, obviously Apple should get some cheaper designers and a application tests is done by a tech support call center. Since there are possibly people suffering from achromatopsia (complete color-blindness), hence the result.

    Table header is made by Microsoft Office 2011 designer, I would guess.

    If you look at preferences dialog box, icons reminds me back in times old OS7. Actually, totally foreign to Cocoa older versions of Firefox had much better Preferences dialog.

    New icon, actually nice, I would say. That’s the only change I like. :-)

    Result: Fugly crap. Steve’s designers should stop smoking drugs.

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  35. Apple is always a leader. Hope it won’t become monopolist.

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  36. I am usually on board with all updates to iTunes, however, iTunes 10 new interface is bland and more hard to distinguish my music. They messed with my favorite List view showing artwork making the art smaller and with more text next to it which just looks awful. The softness of the whole look is just wrong. As a graphic designer, I understand the use of color to quickly draw the eye to where you need to go. COME ON designers! It’s on of the 5 design principles!

    Ping makes absolutely no sense to me. Why? They should have integrated a company that have been doing this really well already like LastFM. Their music suggestions have been spot on and are a great compliment tool for my iTunes music listening.

    I use iTunes heavily on a daily basis but iTunes 10 forget it. I downloaded iTunes 9 again (as I didn’t back up, silly me) and reinstalled my fav version yet. What really annoyed me was that when I went to open it, it wouldn’t let me as the library was now created with a newer version of iTunes. With some messing around, I basically had to start fresh with iTunes 9 and put all my music back in losing my lists, play counts etc. What an experience iTunes 10 was for me last Friday.

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  37. I am usually on board with all updates to iTunes, however, iTunes 10 new interface is bland and more hard to distinguish my music. They messed with my favorite List view showing artwork making the art smaller and with more text next to it which just looks awful. The softness of the whole look is just wrong. As a graphic designer, I understand the use of color to quickly draw the eye to where you need to go. COME ON designers! It’s on of the 5 design principles!

    Ping makes absolutely no sense to me. Why? They should have integrated a company that have been doing this really well already like LastFM. Their music suggestions have been spot on and are a great compliment tool for my iTunes music listening.

    I use iTunes heavily on a daily basis but iTunes 10 forget it. I downloaded iTunes 9 again (as I didn’t back up, silly me) and reinstalled my fav version yet. What really annoyed me was that when I went to open it, it wouldn’t let me as the library was now created with a newer version of iTunes. With some messing around, I basically had to start fresh with iTunes 9 and put all my music back in losing my lists, play counts etc. What an experience iTunes 10 was for me last Friday.

    The logo sucks. It’s bold, brash and has little style. The glassy look is also dated. Looks like a Microsoft icon.

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  38. I personally think that the underpinnings of the new iTunes is different and I would like to hear from a programmer that knows about that stuff. I think that iTunes 10 is part of a gradual transition to an all Cocoa 64-bit iTunes. At this point iTunes uses little of the new core features brought out in snow leopard. I think that converting carbon to Cocoa is a difficult process.
    I also think they have started the transition towards a new ui interface. Remember “marble”? I’m thinking that that will be the step they take for 10.7.

    The horizontal bottons at the top left are actually taking 1 cm of space in most apps and beside the title, is the only thing using that space. It serves them best to make them vertical.

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  39. Je pense que le logo aurait du avoir une autre couleur pour se différencier de Safari.
    Les changements de présentation ne me gênent aucunement.
    Lilou

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  40. does anyone like to spend time getting artwork for over 120gb’s of music to have iTunes decide that albums with 5 songs or less don’t deserve cover art in the album by artist column? i don’t. i miss version 9 and it’s been only been 10 minutes.

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    1. In fairness, there is an option to show artwork next to albums with less than five songs. Go to View -> Always Show Artwork.

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  41. Other than the ugly monochrome scheme and the bland icon (I don’t understand why people outraged over that…) that I’m replacement icon-shopping for, iTunes is still iTunes to me. Whatever.

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  42. I hate the new iTunes and the only reason is because it’s hard to look at. It just all seems to clash.

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  43. HATE. Hate so much. Gray on gray?! I just don’t understand how a company that devotes such an incredible amount of time and effort into attractive and usable interfaces could think this was better than the last version.

    For the record though, I’m on Windows 7 and have had zero issues with iTunes (bugs or performance problems).

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  44. christopher Gaudin Thursday, September 9, 2010

    Argh… Why the monochrome sidebar?, and why not give us the choice to put it back. I thought there was something wrong with the download. I Found this article and was relieved to know that there are other people who are just as disappointed as I am in the new look and the new icon looks like something that an employee of microcrap designed. C’mon Apple listen to the people that love your products not the over-java-ed college grad who wants to uniform a color and make distinguishing options harder to differentiate because he’s had a little to much crack to smoke!

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  45. I have always supported Apple–both financially and philosophically–but I have to say very clearly: iTunes 10.0 interface is UGLY! A major step back. Everything from the drab, BORING, grey to the rigid, uniform font used.

    Of all the words ever used to describe Apple, I never thought in my wildest dreams “BORING” would be in the list.

    You guys can do better–much better–make it happen!

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  46. Can live with the icon, it’s something I spend little time with. The user interface on the other hand is something a user spends a lot of time with. I gotta say it is the ugliest user interface I have seen since monchrome green screens. Apple follow your own Human Interface guidelines. They are successful and made Apple what it is today, user friendly. Please do follow some gothic engineers false inspiration to be different. Use to be Apple researched this with users before making changes.

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  47. Can live with the icon, it’s something I spend little time with. The user interface on the other hand is something a user spends a lot of time with. I gotta say it is the ugliest user interface I have seen since monochrome green screens. Apple follow your own Human Interface guidelines. They are successful and made Apple what it is today, user friendly. Please do follow some gothic engineers false inspiration to be different. Use to be Apple researched this with users before making changes.

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  48. Can live with the icon, it’s something I spend little time with. The user interface on the other hand is something a user spends a lot of time with. I gotta say it is the ugliest user interface I have seen since monochrome green screens. Apple follow your own Human Interface guidelines. They are successful and made Apple what it is today, user friendly. Please do not follow some fading, gothic engineers false inspiration to be different. Bland is NOT it.

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  49. great blog, i hate the new itunes. apple has really outdone themselves – too many changes. why change things when there is absolutely no reason to, and it makes it worse? i dunno. more and more people will be using itunes, but more and more people wont be as happy with apple. Bad move apple….

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  50. I really don’t like iTunes 10 – Mainly because the new update made ALL of my artwork turn greyscale. It’s only in iTunes libary and it doen’t effect my iPod. It’s just nice to have the artwork in colour.. I hope other people are having the same problem and not just me. If anyone knows a solution/answer I will appreciate it,

    Cheers,

    James Dolan | james-dolan.co.uk ©
    Email: hello@james-dolan.co.uk

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    1. Re the greyscale album art issue: I’m pretty sure it shouldn’t be like that. Mine isn’t, at least. You might want to contact Apple about that.

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  51. Way to go Apple. You’ve optimized iTunes for the singles collector instead of the album collector. The “no-larger than 7 lines” artwork stinks.

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  52. why so bleak? the new icon is generic and the “upgrades” decrease functionality and usability. bleh.

    iTunes should really only be the store along with a big sleek user-library search engine where you search based on all the formats (song, artist, genre, rating, playlist, genius, etc). This list stuff in an age of smaller files and easy accessibilty to more and more songs just doesn’t help anymore.

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  53. I wish the icons were in color again, even the icons in iTunes Preferences are now monochrome. I found it pretty annoying at first, I thought something was wrong, like when something is grey due to it being unable to be selected. Now it’s just uncomfortable and boring. Bring back the colors Apple!

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  54. I hate the new icy white background. It strains my eyes from the too sharp contrast with the standard black background on my iMac. I’ve been trying to find a way to dim it or change the color. I’m finding lots of people saying they hate it online but no way to change it yet.

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  55. i hate it and i think they should revert back to the old one which was more functional and attractive.

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  56. And also please name Music as Audio. There are audio files which are not music.

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  57. New icon is fugly…don’t know what happened there. The monochrome icons really frustrate me.

    The other thing that frustrates me is the area above the track info at the very top of the interface got smaller. This is the main area I would click on to drag the iTunes window. It has now become smaller vertically, and ever so slightly harder to click and drag….

    I do like that you can now separately adjust the volume of different airport speakers…

    I do like the larger volume control..

    Don’t know what happened to the arrow that would take me to the track’s page in the iTunes store when that track was selected…guess that got replaced with Ping.

    Always frustrates me when Apple design updates seem to be one step forward at the expense of two steps back..

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  58. I hate the gui redesign! In addition to hiding Ping and the iTunes Sidebar, reverting back to no album art, I’ve also done the terminal hack to restore horizontal min/max/close buttons, and the package hacks to restore the app icon and left bar color icons.

    What is still getting me are the strange new icons showing up in my playlists. It looks like there is a new checkmark field in all of my lists and I haven’t found a way to make it go away. (Any suggestions?) But worse than that is in my streaming radios list, there are several incomplete and meaningless icons. Next to every radio station name is a white exclamation mark in a gray circle, with a tiny blue dot over it – wtf? (Any ideas?) Next to the track number of the station currently playing is the bottom-half of a speaker icon and the top-half of a green circle with a bit of white in it (I suspect it’s a white checkmark, but since I can only see the top half, I’m not certain) – again, wtf? And then, to the right of the name of the station playing there are two similar icons, one is light gray and complete, the other is dark gray and missing it’s right-side, both of them look sorta like the “Show or hide iTunes sidebark” button, except that they point up instead of right or left – yet another, wtf?

    While it wouldn’t have bothered me as much if they hadn’t fubar’d the rest of the gui, the new fugly volume selector bar is just salt in the gushing gui wound!

    I haven’t found any new features that I like in iTunes 10, I don’t notice any improvement in sound, all I notice about the new iTunes is the fugly gui! I admit, I’m an Apple fanboi, but seriously, Apple fubar’d the gui on iTunes 10!

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  59. What bothers me about the iTunes store site is the crappy functionality, which I notice particularly when trying to search for podcasts. Say I do a search on “richard dawkins.” I get a list of podcast episodes hits from a variety of different podcast programs. The first problem is, I can see only half of the title of the podcast, so I’m not sure what it’s about. And these searches don’t generate the “i” icon that you can click to get a description of the episode. And if you click on the episode, iTunes doesn’t take you to that episode, it takes me to the Podcast program’s site, where you then have to manually scroll through all the episodes to find the one you’re looking for. And you still can’t see the whole title, but at least THEN you get the “i” icon and can find out what the podcast episode is about. This is effing tedious as hell. Apple used to be noted for it’s user-friendly, intuitive interface. But the search function in iTunes is crap. It’s like something Microsoft might have created.

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  60. John Coscolluela Tuesday, February 1, 2011

    My ipod touch is now a mess. After upgrading, things went downhill. If I have a hundred songs in a certain playlist in my itunes, it decreases to 76 tracks when transported to my ipod touch. This is very very disappointing. It makes me want to smash my ipod. I wish I didn’t make any upgrades because it seems that it caused all the f@*k ups im now experiencing.

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