10 things Apple should change in iTunes 9

iTunes “is really starting to show its age. Its underpinnings are becoming increasingly creaky thanks to the weight of features, files and expectations being shovelled upon it – and its fast turning into bloatware of almost Redmond-like proportions,” TechRadar writes.

Here are 10 things we think Apple should do for iTunes 9:

1. Clean up the user interface
2. Bar the Genius
3. Better file handling
4. Better handling for multiple libraries
5. Better file tracking
6. Better database handling
7. Better codec support
8. Multi-room for the rest of us
9. A better, cheaper iTunes Store
10. iTunes Pro

Full article, explaining each of the 10 points above, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “‘spinaltap'” for the heads up.]


  1. Olternaut, you don’t know what you are talking about. iTunes pre-installed in the Firmware? Why, when you have wifi on iPod touches. Plus, iTunes allows you to share content on unlimited iPhones/iPods and up to 5 computers. That is protected things like Movies, and music.

    You can buy stuff from Amazon and put them into an iPod. And why would you want to use Windows Media player or Real player?

  2. Try building a duplicate of iTunes in non-OS X software package – COM/.NET/ASP.NET/Silverlight, Qt, Eclipse/SWT, JavaFX, Flash/Flex, PHP, JavaScript API, Google Gears… – and you will see how amazingly fast, lean, and ahead of its time iTunes interface is. I’ve tried, and I’m confident that if it were built by anybody other than Apple it would have been the MS type bloatware.

    Quit your whining. Shut the fokk up, and stop trying to get on tech news with your non-news irrelevant bitching.

  3. @Olternaut:

    Well, if you can’t install software at work, it doesn’t matter if iTunes gets installed by downloading it from the internet, or by installing it from your iPod, you’re still breaking the policy.

    Also, a large chunk of music you buy from iTunes CAN be put on any player, because they are DRM-free. Assuming the player can play the open standard AAC format, or you freely convert the files to MP3s using iTunes.

  4. Well, unlike most of my predecessors, I actually read the referenced article. I will say that while most of his complaints are unfounded and over the top (he claims that iTunes just mysteriously looses files, something I have never had issue with in any version of iTunes), the overlying message is accurate.

    iTunes needs shed some of the fluff it has acquired over the years, but it is in no way on its death bed.


    The sole “artist” field is woefully inadequate!
    Add fields for: soloist, conductor, ensemble.

    The ability to bind multiple tracks together as one work. Designate tracks as parts (sub-units?) of a whole piece?
    A symphony typically has 4 movements.
    A concerto typically has 3 movements.
    A sonata, 3 or more.
    A suite could have 20 or more movements.
    An opera has acts made up of numerous scenes.

    I’d use shuffle if it kept pieces together as one unit. Right now, it’s just inadequate. There’s GOT to be a better way!

  6. Multi-room for the rest of us

    It’s already built in:

    – Plug a few Airport Express nodes in to amplifiers in every room so that iTunes can see them in the network.

    – Use an iPhone or an iPod Touch with the free Apple Remote app to control iTunes on the computer from anywhere in your house. A tap on the cover art reveals not just the progress bar as well as shuffle, repeat and Genius buttons, but also the list of speakers available to iTunes. You can switch these on and off right from the touch interface.

    – There is no step three. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  7. Pretty much every point this guy makes is invalid.

    “That would finally put an end to the grumbles about sound quality / pricing, especially if we could also say goodbye to DRM too. Of course, we’d expect to pay a slight premium – we do so already with iTunes Plus.”

    – Uhh, no, it’s just $.99 like the rest of the songs, and has been for several months now.

    “there’s no reason why it shouldn’t also be able to sell true CD-quality audio downloads either.”

    – iTunes audio downloads are all at least CD quality.

    iTunes Pro?? How can you compare that to Final Cut, Logic, and Aperture? Apple’s Pro Apps are content CREATION tools. iTunes is for playing content, not creating it. What would iTunes Pro do? Play your music better?

  8. I would add support for multiple tabs, especially for the iTunes store, and support for splitting the library across multiple hard drives: the amount of disk space for my media us getting ridiculous!

  9. Yes, to better file handling. If anyone has ever moved or consolidated their library from one drive to another, it is a nightmare, even with 3rd party help or script usage. If you show iTunes where a song file is, shouldn’t it automatically link up the rest of the broken links for that album, or everything in that folder?

  10. This guy is crazy for criticizing the Genius feature. It’s a choice to opt in, not mandatory, and you can close the Genius sidebar if you don’t want Apple to sell you more music. And it creates great playlists quickly.

  11. 5. Better file tracking

    On a Mac, iTunes never loses track of a file as long as it stays on the same volume, even if it’s moved or renamed.

    Under Windows… well, you’re on your own. But you knew that already, right? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  12. @Reality Check:

    “At the moment I have to walk from one room to another to change tracks. Much better if there was a remote for this.”

    How many remotes do you own that work through walls? And again, there’s the free remote app on the app store that works terrifically anywhere on your Wi-fi network.

  13. 7. Better codec support

    As far as I know, iTunes simply uses the codecs installed to QuickTime. It’s already extensible, so it’s not Apple’s job to actually provide every conceivable codec.

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