is a blog about design, technology and culture written by Khoi Vinh, and has been more or less continuously published since December 2000 in New York City. Khoi is currently Principal Designer at Adobe. Previously, Khoi was co-founder and CEO of Mixel (acquired in 2013), Design Director of The New York Times Online, and co-founder of the design studio Behavior, LLC. He is the author of “How They Got There: Interviews with Digital Designers About Their Careers”and “Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design,” and was named one of Fast Company’s “fifty most influential designers in America.” Khoi lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and three children.
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I couldn’t agree more. iTunes is a case study on feature creep. What made it so beautiful at first was its simplicity. It let people manage and listen to their music without thinking about it. It was lean. And fast.
With each addition, Apple has crippled the program. I don’t want my music player to give me recommendations. I have last.fm for that. I don’t need iTunes to be my social media home, either. I already have one of those too. The truth is that the app has become almost as slow, bloated and painful to use as the Windows Media Player of ten years ago. We really need a fresh, light-weight alternative.
Here here! iTunes has way too many add-ons in recent years. The logo change kind of threw me off as well. I would love to see a server version.
Hi Khoi – something of a fan and a sometime lurker. Hate to come in with a nit, but the opening sentence contains a triple negative that results in the opposite of what you intend to say: I don’t know anyone who doesn’t agree that Apple’s workhorse media application iTunes needs to be fixed. The assertion that you don’t know anyone who disagrees with is “Apple’s… iTunes needs to be fixed.”
Anyway, count me in with the chorus. iTunes is an unfocused application whose very name has become a misnomer. It manages and plays all sorts of media, manages iOS devices (maybe Apple should break Organizer out of Xcode, dress it up a bit and let that be a standalone sync and load manager for iOS devices?) and acts as the front end to two stores, one for media and the other for applications that can’t run on the system iTunes is on!
A disk-based server version requires the designation of a server at home, which would need to be a machine that’s always on. Given Apple TV’s loss of its hard disk (which was never that roomy to begin with), I think you’re right that the next revision will run on/in the cloud. Bummer.
Having amassed a formidable collection of CDs and DVDs, I also have no interest in cloud media collections. I abandoned iTunes for mt-daapd and now use/develop forked-daapd. It works.
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