“Apple knows that the iTunes interface is extremely confusing and needs work,” Jacob Kastrenakes writes for The Verge. “But apparently its solution is to add even more menus.”

“Apple released an update to iTunes today that’s supposed to give it ‘a simpler design,’ supposedly making it easier to navigate between sections to find what you’re looking for,” Kastrenakes writes. “To do that, it brings back an old iTunes standby: the lefthand navigation bar, which disappeared a while back.”

“It’s definitely easier than searching for those items in drop-down menus, like you had to before,” Kastrenakes writes. “But the update doesn’t address the core issue with iTunes’ navigation, and perhaps even makes it worse: it’s still weirdly difficult to find the section you’re looking for — as in, your music library, your video library, or the App Store.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Today was merely a stopgap measure, hopefully.

Apple, especially under Steve Jobs, has shown a great and admirable willingness to cannibalize themselves. They obliterated their iPod business with the iPhone, for one example. But, when it comes to iTunes, they seem paralyzed by fear of change. Apple paralyzed by fear is not a pretty thing and it doesn’t yield pretty things. It yields hot messes like iTunes.

iTunes screams to be broken up into separate, streamlined apps. It’s been screaming that for years. But Apple seems to be scared silly to do so — perhaps 800+ million credit cards have something to do with it — so they’ve tinkered around the edges, making questionable tweaks here an there and bolting on even more bloat.

Grow a pair, Apple, and do what needs to be done already.MacDailyNews Take, July 17, 2015

If you have to ask yourself “Why is this so difficult? Am I an idiot?” then there is a User Interface problem, not a user problem. This is, after all, what we pay Apple for. Those type of questions are for Windows/Android sufferers, not Mac/iOS users.

Who’s responsible for iTunes’ unsettled, rather awful UI, a blind Microsoft reject or nobody at all?MacDailyNews Take, July 10, 2015

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