Originally Posted by jfc1138
Originally Posted by rcfa
....Mail.app and iTunes.app are good examples; just getting rid of cover flow view for visually oriented people like me is a disaster; exploring my music library has become a total chore compared to what it used to be.
Nobody was forced to use cover flow; so why take it away from the people who love it?
Plenty of other examples, but Apple refuses to listen, (over)simplification has turned into a corporate religion at Apple.
The tile views on both iTunes and the iPhone in landscape orientation are somewhat analogous to coverflow. Not as large an image but that has the advantage, it seems to me, of showing more of the album covers at a time which is easier for me anyway, to scan visually. The sorting options are also nice.
So, if I understand you correctly, if you own a magazine, instead of thumbing through it, you cut it at the spine and lay out all the pages on a big floor and walk around to see what page you want to read?
It's MUCH faster to keep your eyes pinned to a spot, and move a scroller to have the various images fly by, than having to scan rows and columns of pictures, and then scroll when you reached the end of what can be shown on one screen, and then try to reorient your vision and then rinse, repeat...
With cover flow in one swift move I can scroll through hundreds if not thousands of CDs; cover flow works for individual play lists, etc. It's quick, easy, consistent.
The tile view is a stupid thing borrowed from a resource constrained iOS, in a vain effort to make OS X look like iOS regardless of the fact that they have different operating modes and hardware constraints.
If you actually want to enjoy or enlarge cover art, because that's how you navigate your music, then that has no effect on the efficiency of your search in cover flow, but the more you enlarge the album art, the less efficient the tile layout gets, because you may end up fitting 6 or 8 tiles on a screen, and you have to do scrolling that is very hard to follow and adjust for the eyes.
Apple was sued about CoverFlow, and they won, but the whole thing looks like corporate told them to do away with CoverFlow in case they lose that law suit, and once they won, nobody told the developers to ditch the alternative view project.