The iTunes problem

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Now 15 years old, Apple’s iTunes is like The Borrow in Harry Potter. As the Weasley family grew, new floors, rooms and wings were added, one on top of the other, resulting in a confounding structure that only its builders understand.

Today, “The world’s best and easiest to use jukebox software” is anything but.

Just this morning I sat at my desk and launched iTunes. My goal was to put the Monument Valley soundtrack on repeat. If only I were a wizard.

Let’s play, “How do I make an album repeat in iTunes 12.3?” Well, here’s Play and Shuffle, but no repeat:

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Perhaps it’s up here. There’s shuffle again, but no repeat:

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Weird. Maybe if I minimize the window a button will reveal itself. Nope.

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One last try. Maybe the menu bar? Oh, there it is!

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No keyboard shortcut, no button, no option in the app’s preferences to make it a button. “Repeat” is not an obscure function that most people won’t use. I shouldn’t have to spend two minutes digging to find it.

I want to love iTunes but it’s at the point where it needs to be scrapped completely and re-worked. I should’t need the Marauder’s Map to find basic functions.

1 Comment

  1. I agree. The iOS interface makes it hard to do simple things like shuffle a playlist or genre. They need to decouple the device management from music. They also need to stop pushing people to leverage Apple Music and being so network reliant.

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