Diez años de Podcasts en iTunes
Everyone has their complaints (more or less intense) about Apple Music, but one debate that is resurfacing today due to the launch of that service is that of the utility itself of iTunes . Does it make sense to continue to rely on that program whose concept has become outdated in the face of cloud and subscription services?
For designer Andrew Ambrosino, not only does it make perfect sense, but he also thinks it’s something Apple has to do when it used to. And to prove it he has published the concept of what a Mac application focused only on Apple Music could look like and nothing else.
“Apple Music for Mac” is an app that reminds us of iTunes, but it doesn’t go beyond that. A Mac App Store style top bar helps us navigate between sections of the service, while a bottom bar gives us the playback controls of what we’re listening to and a button to control playback via AirPlay.
The content is in the middle, and the sidebar with all the playlists appears permanently in the My Music section so as not to confuse the user. The songs, artists and albums are organized more homogeneously, with the links to the recommended lists taking on a different form to make them stand out more. In addition, the sidebar can be expanded to display a list of content depending on where we have clicked.
There is no longer a distinction between “My Music” and “Apple Music” in the catalogue, everything is fused . When we look at an artist’s file, for example, that’s where we’ll see what’s part of our collection and what isn’t. And the searches only search the Apple Music catalog directly.
Ambrosino doesn’t forget the social part even knowing what a failure Ping was: dedicates a section called “Friends” where we can see what albums our friends share along with some short text messages. All in a very simple interface that doesn’t beat around the bush. Finally, a mini-player nailed to the iOS interface minimizes the experience towards its basic use: listening to songs.
Will we ever see anything like this? Well, it depends on Apple, but I think that in Cupertino it’s going to be very hard to get rid of something as ingrained in them as iTunes. For the moment, those of you who don’t want to see it even in paintings can still dream about this concept.