iOS Music App Update

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by keysofanxiety, Jul 3, 2015.


Is the iOS music app getting worse and less user-intuitive?

  1. Yes, definitely

    24 vote(s)
  2. Yes, but it's not the end of the world - it's still easy to use

    4 vote(s)
  3. No, it's fine

    1 vote(s)
  4. No, but could use some improvement

    3 vote(s)
  5. Yes, but you're still a grouchy luddite, Keys

    0 vote(s)
  6. Steve would never have allowed this

    6 vote(s)
  7. 2GB RAM

    3 vote(s)
  1. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Hi all,

    Less of a question and more a thread to spark a discussion, I suppose. I remember the days when the Music app was much simpler and had big ol' pause/play/skip buttons, making it easy to simply select a song and play it. Big buttons also mean you can quickly and easily change songs in the car, etc.

    It seems to be getting worse and worse now, making swiping gestures like a magician to try and conjure up functions that, I would argue, are the most basic functions necessary to a Music app. Sure it looks prettier now, but it just seems far more awkward.

    What does everybody else think: am I being a grouchy luddite, or do you yearn for the days when things were a little simpler?
  2. adamhenry macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2015
    On the Beach
    I would have preferred a choice of "Yes it's a PITA but usable."
  3. \-V-/ Suspended


    May 3, 2012
  4. keysofanxiety thread starter macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Heh, that's contrary to my experience. The more I'm using it I've found a number of bugs with the volume slider not working and the scrubbing being absolutely useless. Has anybody else had these issues?

    Sorry buddy, if I was to put that on then there'd be a huge 'seedless' vs 'seeded' discussion, which would eventually put this thread into PRSI :p
  5. \-V-/ Suspended


    May 3, 2012
    Ahh... touché. :p
  6. MrGuder macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2012
    Yes. The best music app was on iOS 6. Ever since then it's been downhill. Usable yes but the layout and menus and sorting is terrible.
  7. Black Tiger macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    It is awful. It has been pretty bad since iOS 6, but now with iTunes Match, iCloud music, apple music, music store, drm differences between them etc it is a huge mess.
  8. GermanSuplex macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2009
    I miss the music app from the first few gens. It seems that iCloud just causes a huge mixup with music on the device. When they announced iTunes Match, I was excited, but the program just demolished my library, smart playlists didn't work, and play counts were unreliable. The most recent music app makes it harder to switch between artist, album and song view. I think the interface was better the first time. I also don't like how some artists have personalized pics, while others do not. There's other issues as well.

    The music app and iTunes are the main reasons I use an iPhone, and I won't be switching soon, but I really hope Apple refines the app. I think it's speed and ease of use on even the first-gen iPhone has been lost.
  9. CliftonHighgrov macrumors regular


    Oct 1, 2014
    United Kingdom
    Vox was available for free on the iTunes Store just a day or two ago, and I downloaded it. It's excellent as a Music app replacement, drawing its song library from the Music app, compatibility with more file types such as FLAC. It uses large album artworks and has no clutter at all. Another bonus: it doesn't separate Compilations from other album types. It sounds good too, and even has the option to disable up/downsampling by forcing whatever is iOS's equivalent of Audio MIDI Setup to the same sampling frequency as the chosen song.

    Unfortunately, it has now gone back up to the regular price of $5.99.
  10. RadioGaGa1984 Suspended


    May 23, 2015
    Would've participated but with the 6th item choice you lost all credibility.
  11. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    I have cleared almost all messed icons through restrictions and turning off apple music.
    VOX performance is very bad on my previous iPhone 6 Plus, so I just delete it and never turn back. Don't know how it is in iPhone 6s Plus.
    Now I use Marvis as my main music player, and use stock one when I want to edit playlist, although, yes, if it can support bulk selection on more places that would be great.

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