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iTunes - Powerful media purchase and playback tool
Authored by: gidds on Sep 13, '06 03:37:29PM

Gapless playback is the answer to a request that a lot of people like me have been making for a looooooong time, so it's great to see it finally arrive!

Note that gapless playback is automatic, and applies immediately. (There is a new track option called 'Part of a gapless album', but all that does is turn off crossfading for that track.) When you first start iTunes 7, it has to analyse each track, presumably to work out how much silence there is at the end that needs to be skipped, which can take a long while. But after that, it's completely automatic and Just Works. Well done Apple!

The other thing I noticed is another new tag, called 'Album Artist'. As far as I can tell, it uses this tag to determine whether two tracks are part of the same compilation album, or from two different albums of the same name. At first, the new 'cover browser' view was showing a good number of duplicate covers; but it was easy enough to remove those by setting the 'Album Artist' to the same across each track in an album.

Not sure I like the new look, to be honest; it seems to be different just for difference's sake. What was wrong with the old blue scrollbars that everything else in OS X uses? Ditto the new buttons are different from every other app. It's this sort of meaningless difference which makes other platforms awkward to use; I'd much prefer OS X kept to simplicity and consistency.

But even I won't be using the more major new features (movies etc.), I still think the good outweighs the bad in this version.

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iTunes - Powerful media purchase and playback tool
Authored by: Curlywee on Sep 17, '06 05:08:24PM

I'm not just 'not sure' about the new look. I dislike it with a vengeance. I cannot understand how Apple, the one-time leader in HI design, could ever come up with something like this. For instance, what on earth is the point of introducing such fundamentally different scroll bars into iTunes as compared with the rest of the Apple apps and the rest of OS X?

All in all, and quite apart from the new look, while there are some good ideas included in version 7, I really don't think it was anywhere near ready for release.

Finally, thanks a million for pointing out that Album Artist option. It does a beautiful job of tidying up the two new view types which display album art. It's sad, though, that Apple didn't see fit to tell us why it was added or what purpose it serves.



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