Let's say goodbye to one of Apple's most iconic and most famous software, which had by now marked its time: the top ten of what didn't work in the multimedia hub
ITunes has definitively closed its history with the WWDC 2019 keynote on 3 June with the formalization of the split of the iconic and historic software into four more specific applications. It puts an end to an era, but nostalgia must certainly not obscure the evidence, that is Apple he had his good reasons for making such an important decision.
Let's face it, iTunes had written and marked its time and it could hardly be described as the best multimedia management software. We have choosen 10 things we won't miss at all.
1. Unintuitive interface
There is little to do: iTunes has become over the years an old and truly old software not very intuitive, a sort of living fossil from a past that could no longer sustain itself. The most striking example given byinterface divided into countless categories, options, lists, keys and commands that made it unnerving and exhausting to complete even simple tasks.
There is no denying Apple's good intent to provide a real total and complete multimedia control center for its users (even Windows ones) with a very useful side for the backup of iOS devices, but this too much made iTunes become a labyrinth, and anything but relaxing software.
ITunes has never been a thunderbolt of war, weighed down by being a hub with too many functions and too many tasks. Its low flexibility has never made it a program that can be launched and used on the fly, without too many thoughts. And the bigger the personal collections, the more the dizziness dropped.
It is no coincidence, in fact, that in the search data on Google the keywords iTunes alternatives have always depopulated, and that many users had long since anticipated the dismemberment by Apple, replacing iTunes with more specific software for each individual feature
3. Disastrous drag and drop
A great classic: every time you do they dragged elements half songs were happening as songs in iTunes. Before, it was more intuitive, for example to add movies to a list or to create playlists to send to a friend. But over time Apple has changed everything and the elements open to drag and drop have been limited: single songs, but not albums; single episodes, but not entire series.
4. An uncomfortable search
There search on iTunes it was not very comfortable and, above all, not very thorough since it was very easy to get lost in results far from the original idea. Why has Apple never made filters available to probe in detail rather than universally? In addition, it would have been very convenient to be able to sort the results after searching for example among the most recent or user reviews and so on.
5. No tab
THE tab they made the browser browsing experience practical, orderly and more rigorous, making us say goodbye to countless and scattered windows in favor of more accessible and ready-to-use subsets.
A great pity that Apple has never thought of introducing this solution for such a mammoth softwarecomprehensive like iTunes, because it would have helped a lot in the usability of the interface (see point 1).
6. Poor visibility of the news and few promotions
Apple has always been known for its prowess commercial, but all this did not find particularly fertile ground in iTunes, which in all respects was primarily a store of content such as music, but also movies.
The criticisms raised so far are soon spoken: the updates of the news were lackluster, there was poor visibility of the new arrivals and it would have been more stimulating if there had been more promotions, perhaps in time, and a more dynamic offer platform.
7. Massive use of resources
Especially on older Macs or with simpler technical features, iTunes was unequivocally weighing down the system, requiring massive resources for its sustenance.
8. No Flac
The Flac format the one favored by audiophiles, but on iTunes it had to necessarily convert to proprietary loseless audio format through utilities (for a fee) such as FlacTunes Flac Converter.
9. Genius, and other not so useful options
Many services integrated into iTunes were immediately deactivated because they were boring and / or useless. For example, random and self-generated playlists such as those Genius. Or the smart playlist, that if on paper they were also good in practice they heavily burdened the procedure. This is because they followed rules predetermined by the user, updating when the library was changed and in substantial collections they could act as ballast.
10. Failure to integrate with Wikipedia or other services
ITunes has always been a bit too closed, like Apple philosophy, and the ideas launched by users and analysts of the segment to integrate with external services have always fallen on deaf ears (one name above all? Wikipedia) to learn more about artists or even single songs, instead of being forced to use the browser.