Four “WTF was Apple Thinking?” iTunes design decisions
Everyone loves iTunes – mainly because if you use an iPod, iPhone or iPad, you have no choice but to love it. But for a company as well known for their UI design as Apple is, there are still a couple “WTF were they thinking?” oversights that bug me on a daily basis as I sync my devices. Here are my top 4.
1. Seriously? You had to use Purple TWICE? Apple needed to come up with 6 colors for various media types and couldn’t get past 5? Oh wait, if you squint, you can almost see that one is clearly purple, and the other is a very very, slightly redder purple. My bad.
2. There’s got to be a better way to sort apps. Actually, ANY way to sort them aside from Alphabetically would be good, since there IS no other way at the moment. Apple gives us 4 ways to view apps, and over two dozen ways to sort them. With Apps, we have one view. With close to 1000 iPhone apps and a hundred or so iPad apps, something simple like “sort by date added”, “date updated”, or ideally, “date last used” would be a God send in managing/weeding out the apps I really never use anymore.
3. How about an error message box wide enough to tell you something useful? “The app ‘BOP’ was not synced to the iPod CoopPod because…” well, you’ll just have to guess. Just add that little “pull here” thing on the bottom right of the window, so I can see why the apps didn’t sync.
4. How about a “show only synced items” check box? Again, nearly 1000 apps, and now that we have folders, it isn’t all that easy to see what apps are on the iPhone simply by looking at the 11 screens on the right (which wasn’t all that easy even without folders). There’s no reason why I should have to sort through every app I own to manage the ones on my iPhone.
And while we’re at it, let’s add “sort by date ADDED“, and not just “date”. I can’t think of any reason why I would care to sort by when my apps were released on the app store, but that’s what sort by date does. If I buy a Beatles song today which was released in the 60’s it doesn’t go to the bottom of my music library below songs recorded in the 80’s, so why should apps behave any differently? Being able to quickly look at the last 20 or so apps I bought and check/uncheck them would be a big help, especially since Apple screwed us with the iPhone 4’s storage capacity, forcing me to have to manually manage my media by making “Sophie’s choice”-like decisions between apps that are just too large to keep on the iPhone on a daily basis.
Sure, these things aren’t keeping me up at night (Fieldrunners and Godfinger are) but they still annoy the hell out of me. Feel free to list anything I missed in the comments that bugs you about the iTunes syncing system.