So Apple upgraded the Music App in iOS 10. It still sucks. And a lot. Apparently Apple feels that changing the font size to be bigger qualifies as UI redesign. Another ‘upgrade’ is that Apple removed the star ratings on your music. You know, the ratings that you’ve spent years and years adding. Just gone. You can still ask Siri to set a rating by saying “Siri rate this song three stars.” But you can no longer see them.
Tapping on the album art to show the star rating now does a sum total of nothing. So they actually had to work to remove that code. And why not add star ratings to the ellipsis “…” option?
iCloud Music Turned Off
Why do these things? Because Apple hates you and your carefully curated music collection and wants to end it. What else explains Apple letting iTunes become a serial murdering music library terrorist?
Apple tries to kill your music at every turn to sell its crapfest Apple Music service. The company prefers that you all comply and rent the same music rather than owning and having different music.
And you know it’s only a matter of time. You’ll spend years curating your own music playlists on Apple Music, and at some point Apple will randomly pull music tracks from your playlists. For those who disagree that can happen, give me a holler via Ping. It’s certainly happened on other services getting Zoom’d, and considering Apple’s constant attack on my music collection, I don’t put it above the company.
For example, I do not have Apple Music. I’ve turned off iCloud Music Library (see the first image below). Yet, I still have mysterious download cloud icons in my music collection (see the second image below). It’s constantly downloading crap I don’t want into my library.
Crimes Against UI
Which gets to the bigger problem of Apple UI design going into the toilet. It’s gone down hill since Jonny Ive took over. Perhaps it’s coincidence and correlation. Perhaps it’s causative. But regardless, it’s gone into the toilet. Here’s a hint, changing font types and sizes is not UI design.
What’s worse, it’s clear Apple gave the job of maintaining iTunes.app to just one dude, probably stuck in a closet clutching a red stapler. And Apple is so busy patting itself on the back for the moribund purchase of Beats and integrating that crap show virus into iTunes that it didn’t bother to notice it’s destroyed iTunes in the process.
Does Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have some blackmail on Tim Cook and Eddy Cue? They’re acting like a couple of geeks wanting to get in with the jock/cool crew in high school. I cannot explain their fawning blindness to the crapshow that Beats has created with iTunes and management’s inability to call a horrid product out to the shed and do what’s needed. You know that’s what Steve Jobs would have done.
What Would Steve Do?
And F’ everyone that has a problem with talking about what Steve Jobs would do. People at Apple need to start seriously thinking about what Steve would have done. Yeah yeah, I know he told Tim Cook not to, but he also told us we wouldn’t have an iPod with video. Not to mention, Apple set up an entire university internally to basically teach what Steve did.
So stop with the cognitive dissidence already. Wise up. Be more like Jobs. Pay attention to details and the big picture. They are often related.
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