Tuesday, November 07, 2006

iTunes: It’s time for an intervention

The problems with the iTunes UI ...

"Eddy Lopez thinks that iTunes still has a way to go before it gives a good user experience as a podcast manager, he writes:

iTunes applies a blanket approach to podcast subscriptions that assumes they are all “consumed” in the same manner; it’s a music manager first that has been adopted for podcasts. iTunes should instead embrace the many was that audio is being published and subscribed to. One suggestion would be to move playlists over to podcasts and allow us to set download/sync options on playlists instead of each individual podcast. Finally, I’m open to recommendations for podcast managers that might work for me.

Oh.. also, I realized I hate the word “podcast.”

... You shouldn’t just tweak and tune, fix and adjust your old way of thinking and expect it to work for a different needs because the technology is similar. They may work similarly behind the scenes but have different goals and user expectations.

The stovepiped, restricted podcast interface has a hard time meeting the goals of anyone using it for more than a handful of feeds. If you are well versed in the ways of the cast, you’ll have likely thought about the follow things at some point:"    (Continued via Making Life Easy)    [Usability Resources]

Stovepiped Restricted Podcast Interface - Usability, User Interface Design

Stovepiped Restricted Podcast Interface


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