I’ve been using iTunes since iTunes 4 or so, before the days of the iTunes Music Store! It’s certainly gone through a lot of changes and additions, and of course several interface tweaks. The latest is no different, there have been quite a few interface changes in iTunes 10. I can’t say that I was too happy at first, but they have grown on me. Let me work my way through some of them.
One of the first things I noticed was the change in the colour scheme. iTunes 9 had the coloured icons, but iTunes 10 has changed this to graphite coloured icons, giving it almost a black and white feel. The normal close, minimise and resize icons (on the Mac version) are now stacked vertically in the corner, rather than lining horizontally. I didn’t quite like this, it takes away from the standardised interface of applications across the operating system.
As for the graphite icons, they seemed quite dull at first. But I liked the consistent colour scheme throughout the application. The text colour, checkboxes and columns in the main windows have been tweaked to follow that colour scheme too, giving a very consistent look and feel to the whole application window.
I’m not sure if this was a one-off, but I certainly hated the addition of checkboxes in every view. Maybe for other people who use them in Shuffle, or when syncing to iPhones or iPods, it may be useful. However to me, they are completely useless and unnecessary. I was over the moon to see that there was an option to remove them again in the Preferences window. I feared that with iTunes 10, Apple may have put it in without a choice of removing it, however that wasn’t the case.
One thing I really love is when plugging your iPhone/iPod in. Gone are the tabs along the top when viewing your iPhone/iPod, and now there are just small text tabs, almost like hyperlinks from a webpage. This looks a whole lot neater than before. A problem I used to have is that I like keeping my iTunes window non-maximised, and with the tabs before it would mean that they simply wouldn’t fit with the addition of Books and what not. I like how now the interface does appear more streamlined and neater with this tab style.
I’m not a hardcore iTunes user, and therefore I prefer a simple interface. I think iTunes 10 has actually streamlined a few things and made the interface a fair bit cleaner. I haven’t used it extensively, but from what I have used, it’s a pretty nice experience.