Originally Posted by anantksundaram
Granted, I may not be as much of an aesthete as some here, but I am a little puzzled by the angst over the look of the new iTunes. I always thought that iTunes was one of the more drab-looking of Apple's software, and they've simply made it more so.
The new set-up looks a little cleaner and simpler, actually. As to the icon, I agree that it is a bit jarring. Perhaps they should just get rid of the white ring around it; might make it a little easier on the eye (I did prefer the previous straight top of the musical note icon, though).
Do people know if the photo upload issue with Ping has been fixed? I could not upload, last night.
As a long-time artist and designer with a couple of Art school diplomas, IMO no good graphic artist/designer would think that the new iTunes icon is a good move. It's horrible, as have been a lot of the icons from Apple lately. There was a similar furor over the new Quicktime icon which was rapidly changed between beta and release to make it *somewhat* more palatable.
It's not just personal preference, there are "rules" to these sorts of things in that certain colours have certain psychological effects and convey one message or another. The choice to remove all the colour out of the app, but to use absolutely garish shades of blue for the icon, is a very strange one indeed.
The colours are also dark, and the musical note is black. Now, of course musical notes are traditionally black, but there is no reason for one in an icon to be that way and instead of being black on white (because of course traditionally they are seen on paper), this is black on very dark blue. You just don't want icons (which are "invitations" to the application), to be dark, brooding or so garish that they turn people off. The ring around the outside is reminiscent of iOS apps, but the roundness takes away significant weight.
It ends up looking like a bad pewter and enamel belt-buckle you bought on vacation in Mexico.
Finally, why, why, why, is this "iTunes 10"? It's a minor upgrade, it does not bring 64 bits, it does not bring all carbon, it does not do a major redesign or re-think of the UI. They haven't even fixed long-standing stuff like the garbage they call "Internet Radio support." iTunes 10 should have been reserved for the big changes we all know that the application needs.