This is what got me...
Oh my gosh
Hold it down. Hold it down.
all. it. down.
The main issue for me here is there is no button to "See More from this Artist".
As far as I can tell getting to the artist page of the track your are listening to is not very straightforward. Really strange.
Here is how the same thing looks in Rdio (long press on Album):
and scrolled down to see other options:
I would be fired if I did this to any of my clients.
To be fair, iTunes as a whole is pretty much a usability nightmare.
Here's the onboarding teardown:
Damn, I don't even know where to begin. What a train wreck.
Taken individually some of the screens are visually quite nice, but on the whole it is just clunky to navigate around and actually use. For me it is definitely slower than Spotify, but then I've heard reports of the exact opposite.
Gonna use it for a week or two properly and then judge it again.
You know what killed Apple Music for me and why I'm really disappointed with it?
Creating your own playlists.
- Adding things to your playlist in iTunes is so damn frustrating
- Playlists created on the desktop are not even visible on your phone. WTF?!
- Using iTunes instead of separate app that could compete against Spotify
So yeah - this and few other bits convinced me to stay with Spotify.
I thought that too about playlists not being visible. They are. You just have to go tap "All Playlists" from the middle dropdown and make sure the "Show Music Available Offline" is turned off. It is on by default. Which is crazy.
It's only on if iCloud Music Library is off in settings.
The iOS app is almost usable (after you remove Connect). But dear lord, iTunes is becoming more and more bloated and confusing.
I listen to music all day at work, so i need a good desktop client and Spotify, is miles ahead imo.
They should have started from scratch with a new Apple Music app and built the experience from the ground up, instead of trying to fit it into the iTunes ecosystem.
This is sad times.
It's been clunky for me to use, and I'm missing a lot of interactions/features from Spotify.
• Hold to preview (I've found myself using this quite a bit) • Swiping to next/previous track • Easily add a track to the queue • Upvoting and downvoting, preference (all I can do is "heart" a track, but where does it save to?)
iTunes is a nightmare. let me explain a case, which drives me crazy (and sorry for my limited english).
go to the tab NEW then click on a tripple button icon near a album picture (you can choose any album). the popup will show only the SHARE button.
now click on the album cover, this click will bring you to the detailpage of the album, and click on the tripple button icon gain (its on the top near the albums name). here you'll get the whole popup menu.
why not on the first click? i just want do add music on a playlist.
ps. there are other wonderfull usability WTF. just explore it.
Completely agree. So many cring-worthy moments during my first use of it. It's all over the place. Android is looking better and better these days.
Uhhh have you tried Google Music? It's not much better.
I have to admit, I agree with everything mentions. I'd closed the app within 10 minutes of opening it.
The closing point for me was when I couldn't double tap the song 'pane' to play a song in the top songs of an artist. I know to some this might seem a slight over reaction, however it's a simple, well known, usability feature that has for some bizarre reason been overlooked.
In the back of my mind I was half expecting to be let down. Which is becoming the case more frequently with Apple, unfortunately.
I know to some this might seem a slight over reaction
Indeed. I can't figure out what you are talking about.
- On the artist page, 3 top songs are listed. Tapping the song plays it.
- On the artist page, tapping the "Top Songs >" link heading take you to a list of top songs.
To me, it sounds like you're advocating for tapping in empty space to start playing a song (Please correct me if I'm wrong!). If that's the case, that's more of a usability issue, almost an anti-pattern, than it is some kind of UX win. Again, let me know if I'm off the mark.
(An issue I did find on the artist page: I cannot initiate scrolling up by starting my upward swipe from the hero/splash image of the artist. My thumb has to start the swipe from below that area. — I wonder if they had an interactive element to this that didn't get finished...)
I was half expecting to be let down
With that attitude, I'm not surprised you were! _^
I think we can agree that Apple Music is big, and that it's messy in some spots. And I hope we can all agree that quality critique is much bigger than criticism.
(Applied critique to this case: What about Apple Music is good? What works? What was well thought out? What is not good? What doesn't work? How can it be improved?)
I've never heard of this interaction before. What music app lets you double tap the "song pane" (what is that?) to play top songs from an artist?
I don't dislike it as much as Cezary. Probably because I think all the options are somewhat nightmarish. Rdio is probably the best in my experience, but it has it's quirks as well. I'd say give Apple sometime, and they'll clean it up.
Bonus points for Opeth!