This is actually the first time in a long time I am not taking an iTunes update, given that it doesn’t fix the graphic artifact during scrolling issue, and other users are reporting worse things happening. In retrospect, I should have stuck with 11.x . iTunes 12.x is looking more like Windows Millennium everyday.
This was once SoundJam, an app so good that Apple bought it. But this is now another example of an app in the care of a company too big to care to give it the attention to detail, and true UI/UX modernizations and feature enhancements an indie would have. A third party company would have listened to their customers or face declining sales. Apple is too big to truly care about the declining quality of iTunes. Whomever is sitting in charge of shipping product quality control is obviously not paying attention, and this toxic style of management is what can and has brought once great companies down.
Since v4 the only “improvements” have been cosmetic and the addition of the various stores. Apple has never addressed iTunes key failings and has instead focused on bloating it u to the point where once loyal users are looking elsewhere for leading edge features.
But this isn’t really about Apple. Apple is really an example. This is about a mentality epidemic in proportion of people who think that marketing, money or someone else can make up (or take the blame) for subpar products. The logic is as follows:
I recommend products all the time, but also steer people clear of products that are nothing but headaches. iTunes Match falls squarely in the latter category. After many problems with iTunes Match not working over 2 years that I have documented in my blogs, I finally decided to give up on this red-headed step child of Apple’s eco-system.
PowerTunes: a Flexible Time Saver
If you are anything like me, you will love PowerTunes. The reason for this is that I have an iTunes library with tens of thousands of songs that started about a decade ago from ripped CDs. This library has been moved from computer to computer. As a result of this it has built up a lot of crud: orphan files that were removed from the library but never removed, duplicate files thanks to compilations or CDDB errors upon re-rip. Or maybe you have multiple libraries with overlapping content for when you tried to manage everything manually and keep the mp3s separate from the higher quality music as I did? After years of neglect, trying to fix these problems is one of those, “I’ll do it before I backup, or when I am procrastinating from real work” situations. You might get through a few hundred tracks, but never really finish. If this sounds familiar, then read on, for the answer to your mess…
Apple does some weird things. Sure it is great that they buck trends, innovate and push the entire consumer focuses sector forward. But sometimes they don’t seem to get their own philosophy when it comes to their own products. With that said here’s the latest of Apple software blunders: