Originally Posted by newbee
I can understand why some people think that the iTunes name is no longer valid because of the extra content .. movies, tv shows, apps, etc. etc. I would only say this .... I've never believed that a name has to describe completely what's inside. If it can be done, that might be a bonus, but the important thing is .... if a name has built up a following that is immediately recognized for what it is .... almost worldwide .... that has to trump everything, imho. There are a lot of companies that would kill to have the brand recognition that iTunes has.
In my view, it's as if I decided at some point that I wanted to sell shoes, so I opened a store called "Joe's Shoe Shop". But then, I decided to sell hats as well, and later shirts and pants, and even later, books, stuffed toys and bicycles! After a while, "Joe's Shoe Shop" just doesn't sound right anymore. iTunes was named iTunes, because that was its original designbefore there was a movie store and app store and other stuff. iTunes was a music library and player. Now it's more. It's absolutely true that a name does not have to reflect its function. Take Amazon. It has nothing to do with a river in South America. But
the name was open enough that they had the freedom to expand from a mere book seller to an everything
And Apple, Inc. does not sell fruit. I will note, however, that they did
change their name from Apple Computer, Inc. to Apple, Inc. to reflect the fact that they are no longer only a computer
company, but now a consumer electronics and media company. Apple has made name changes to various products in the past. That's all I'm saying. I've said my piece on this, and I'm letting it go now.
As for appearances, I've always thought that the front "doorway" for iTunes should be a mockup of a small speciality music storefront ... where the door "opens" when you click on it and inside, as you "look around" via the arrow buttons or by touch .... you see other "doors" labeled movies, tv shows, etc. ... and they open when you click on them to reveal a room designed for the appropriate content.
Wouldn't it be neat, for instance, if in the "record" store the albums would be layed out in various bins, coverflow like? ... just like the old record stores where one would spend hours browsing. This might be too graphic rich to be possible .... but I know I would spend a hell of a lot more time browsing in a web experience like that ..... and more $$$ in all likelihood.
Meh. I think that's getting too literal.
Makes me think of how in the early 90s, there were all sorts of radical ideas of what "cyberspace" should look and feel like. There were all sorts of crazy 3D animated interfaces, with links that would spin and float around, and make you feel like you were traveling
from one site to another. Some looked cool, but the "coolness" factor wore off pretty quickly. What people want is quick easy access to the information and content they are seeking. The same is true of iTunes.
As far as movie info .... why not a link to imdb? .... it has all the info you would ever want. Just my 2 cents (canadian) worth. lol
a great idea! As you're downloading your movie, iTunes could access imdb and download all the related info about the movieit's all text info anyway, so it wouldn't crush your hard drive. Maybe even a "pop up trivia" feature as well (that you can switch off of course!!)