Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Showtime

I don’t mind that iTunes 7 is inconsistent with other applications, because I assume that everything will look like this in Leopard. What I do mind is that it’s so internally inconsistent and ugly. I don’t like the reflections (especially on the capacity gauge). The iPod configurator is a bunch of controls on a scrolling white background (with awful tabs); it feels like a Web page. Elsewhere, the swaths of gradient in the background remind me of Windows. More on the new interface style from Daniel Sandler and Andy Matuschak.

Update: Sven-S. Porst comments.

Update 2: More from Rory Prior, Omar Shahine, and Kirk McElhearn.

Update 3: More from Lee Bennett and Dan Crevier. According to Mac OS X Hints, the multiple libraries feature is simply that you can hold down Option at launch to choose a library. Perhaps I had accidentally done that when I reported, above, that iTunes 7 had forgotten where my library was.

Update 4: Chris Clark and Scot Hacker say that album art downloaded by iTunes isn’t stored in the MP3 files. Also, when I select a single track and choose Get Album Art, iTunes starts getting art for my entire library. I don’t want that, because of the reports that it will mess up existing art that I’ve hand-chosen. Kirk McElhearn writes about gapless playback. John Gruber covers the big picture.

Update 5: Mac OS X Hints shows how to change the capital letters in the source list. Michael Alderete has some interesting comments on the new Nanos. Rainer Brockerhoff and Adam Knight discuss the cross-platform iTunes 7 interface. Jason Fried says that reflections are the new drop shadows.

Update 6: John Gruber examines the new iPods and provides a link to pre-release screenshot of iTunes 7 with an even more Windowsy interface. Daniel Wilson has more iTunes 7 analysis.

Update 7: I just imported a CD, and iTunes 7 wouldn’t let me paste or drag cover art onto a selection of multiple tracks. It only worked if I set the cover art one track at a time. Also, Mac User reports that iTunes 7 hides and shows the Chapters menu based on what kind of track is playing (via John Gruber).

6 Comments

Whoa!

Removing the iPod Shuffle from the source list when it's not plugged in is a major inconvenience!

Why would Apple remove that functionality? Hopefully, it will be back in iTunes 7.1.

My shuffle appeared there while it was unconnected on first launch, but it too disappeared after I disconnected it for the first time in iTunes 7.

Yes, for me it appeared on the first launch, but the contents were inaccessible.

Justin Anderson

Doing Get Album Art by right-clicking on a selected song gets the art for just that album, though it does it for all songs in the album.

I have a longer comment on that on my blog; basically, I now consider iTunes an emulator for the iTunes/Store platform, not a standard desktop app.

For everyone who wants to provide feedback to Apple and ask for the "keep this ipod in the source list", I've just done it. Hopefully if a good number of us request this function, the powers that be might consider reinstating it.

http://www.apple.com/feedback/itunesapp.html

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