iTunes Icons that Never Were

Love it or hate it, Apple’s iTunes icon is easily recognized. That familiar note in a circle design, however, could have been something entirely different had Apple gone with one of the ideas cooked up by designer Felix Sockwell.

Sockwell iTunes concepts

Mr. Sockwell had been contracted in 2004 to create some alternate iTunes icon ideas. None of the concepts he created were ultimately used, although he did have some interesting ideas.

“Looking back, all the ideas missed the mark. iTunes never needed a sales pitch or promise or proprietary device,” he said on his blog. “They just needed note in a circle. Boom. Done.”

Sockwell iTunes icon concepts

Check out his blog for more of his iTunes icon concept sketches.

[Thanks to Cult of Mac for the heads up.]