Originally posted by kim kap sol
iTunes used to be a fairly lean app when it was about music.
It now tries to do too much...music store, podcasts, video. I suppose this would be fine if the UI was tailored around it doing so much more than it once did. But it's still got a UI geared for music...visualizer effects just don't fit with podcasts, the movie store or video...album art just doesn't work with video (instead we get a postage stamp video ala QuickTime 1.0.)
The interface is just terrible now. Not only is it none functional for what the app does nowadays, it'll get cluttered up even more with ads and mini-stores.
A couple of comments...
I agree that right now iTunes needs major UI overhaul. It was beautiful back in the 4.x days (so, long ago, I know...) when I just had to worry about my music. I love the way iTunes catalogs music. I can pretty much pick how I want it sorted or I can use the browse feature, but I'm obsessive about my album data. I like everything to have Artist, Album, Year, Track # / Total Tracks, Disc # and artwork.
I hate importing movies into iTunes right now because it puts them into my music library and the videos folder. I'd really like it to pick one or the other. Could we have multiple libraries in iTunes that aren't tied to the main music library? Make the video "folder" a library, make the podcast "folder" a library. That alone would make me VERY happy.
As long as the mini-store is off by default, then I could really care less about it. I don't use it, but I know a few people that do, so I guess Apple is reaching its target audience for that. (Whoever they may be)
The ad thing though - I think people have gone a tad crazy talking about dumping OS X and whatnot. First off, this rumored deal deals squarely with podcasts and doesn't involve ads on the iPod itself ... merely ads that play on your computer. If I'm not mistaken, you can fast forward through these at your leisure anyway. I admit I subscribe to the Happy Tree Friends podcast. They're usually a minute or so cartoons and I spend 30 seconds watching commericals for their DVD or some shitty band. So I just forward through them and watch what I want to watch ... and those ads transfer to the iPod. I think it's impossible to really judge how intrusive this will be though until it comes out. The only company mentioned in the article was ESPN ... woo ... ads in my sports highlights. It's much better than their website - I feel like I'm being engulfed in ads. I have to sort through so much bullshit before I can find my damn sports scores. I gave up on their website totally and use the widget now...