@furbies it's definitely been there since the beginning. It's just one of those things that people may have missed or forgotten about.
@MacFrankie Now THAT'S cool.
Sure thing, Eolake. The best piece of advice I give to others who feel the way I do about Apple's direction is to write them directly. Use the bug reporting system to point out specific examples (http://bugreport.apple.com). They usually make fixes based on this stuff. It's also useful to send them feedback at http://www.apple.com/feedback. And don't forget that you can email Tim Cook himself at email@example.com.
I'm in agreement with you, Jory.
Gene: That makes the most sense, but the album name line seems to be the most reliable. It's probably because the track control is also a tap target. Which is stupid for control center.
tonywardmusic: I don't believe there's a way to get it to be visible in the Go menu without holding option. The next best thing would likely be a keyboard shortcut.
VaughnSC: You're so right. I totally allowed a Windows shortcut to creep over into my Mac shortcuts. It totally doesn't work. Return is the correct key for Shut Down. I'll be fixing it.
@mlvezie great question! The nickname field can be added to any contact within the Phone or Contacts app (Mac or iOS). Just go to the contact, hit Edit, Add Field (at the bottom) and select Nickname. Sha-boom.