Terrible UI and terrible decisions in Apple Music

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by BillyMatt87, Oct 22, 2015.


Should Apple Music get a complete overhaul?

  1. Yes! The UI is ugly and cluttered and could use a major cleanup

    18 vote(s)
  2. No! It's absolutely perfect and Apple can do no wrong

    4 vote(s)
  1. BillyMatt87 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 23, 2013
    Since iOS 7, Apple's UI design has taken several steps backward and Apple's new music app has made a helluva lot of terrible UI choices.

    The biggest design crime: the transparent status bar over the album art. Incredibly distracting and partially obscures the content, which violates Apple's own GUI guidelines. Why did Apple Music's designer feel that it was necessary to have the status bar amped on the album art. I thought the whole point of having these nice (and larger retina displays) was the better alleviate the content and I wanna be able to see the album artwork in its full glory and not have the signal and battery info hanging over it. The Now Playing screen for the most part is beautiful but goddamn that transparent status bar really ***** irks me. So un-Apple in terms of design.

    Removed features: Why was landscape mode removed if they had nothing good to replace it with? The landscape mode in iOS 7-8.3 was not that great and I would love to see CoverFlow return but don't remove it if you don't have nothing valuable to take its place. Just another reason why Apple's UI designers are so half-assed lately (it was never like this with Forstall around). Another feature removed for no reason: Shake-to-shuffle. I thought this was a great feature as I could easily change up the shuffle with a simple shake and it was very convenient. Also, this feature was always optional so why remove it completely? Removing features is also very un-Apple like and has convinced me of how poorly thought-out this app is.

    Streamlining and customizing: In the old music app, you could customize the bottom tabs but not anymore and since I generally used my iPhone as my iPod, the new music app completely sidelines my personal library, why can't some of the features but moved into their own apps? For instance Radio should be its own app. Remove the connect feature since it's just a successful as Ping was. And have the curation and recommendation stuff be integrated into the iTunes Store. I just want a simple and clean music player on my iPhone.

    One last detail: The new app icon is an absolute eyesore. Why change it? They already improved on it in iOS 8-8.3 and it actually looked good and was easily distinguishable on the home screen. Was it really necessary to try and fix something that was already fixed? Now it's just another dull mostly-white icon like Calendar, Safari, Health, etc. and is now one of the ugliest icons on the homescreen.

    I always thought the Music app from iOS 7-8.3 was a piece of work but honestly, I'd take it over to POS that is the new Music app. It's really sad that these are the same people who created the iPod and iTunes (before it got bloated) and they haven't made a good default music app since iOS 6. The music app is the biggest deal breaker for me in terms of having an iPhone. The iPhone used to be the best music playing phone on the market, now it's just as mediocre as the rest of them. Very disappointed in Apple lately and I hope they swallow their pride and give us a redesigned UI worthy of being on an Apple OS. Until then, I won't use my iPhone for music...
  2. whsbuss macrumors 68040


    May 4, 2010
    SE Penna.
  3. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Nice choices for the poll. :rolleyes:

    I personally think it's somewhere in the middle of the two extreme choices you listed, but since you don't have any options for that, I voted for "No".
  4. whsbuss macrumors 68040


    May 4, 2010
    SE Penna.
    Its why I posted the Android comment. The OP obviously does not like AM so the choices are what they are.
  5. BillyMatt87 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 23, 2013
    What's jumping ship gonna solve? I don't like Android whatsoever but iOS has been consistently stooping to their level. I mean I keep pestering Apple on the feedback page but it seems that they don't care what their users think and suggest.
  6. hagar macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    I mostly agree with you. However, the Music icon is not the ugliest one on the screen. After two years, I still cannot get over that hideous Camera icon :)
  7. BillyMatt87 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 23, 2013
    The Camera icon is not very attractive but far from the worst. The worst designed icons for iOS are the ones with a white background such as Safari, Calendar, Health and now Music. I know Jony Ive has a fettish for the color white but having a bunch of (mostly) white icons on the home screen really makes it look dull and less vibrant. The old iOS icons, while diverse, had a better sense of consistency and harmony than the iOS 7+ icons which have gradients going in different directions, some with white backgrounds and some icons that are actually flat. I know this is more of a complaint of iOS design in whole, but the icons are still very much inconsistent and some still look unfinished. My real complaint of the icons overall is not necessary the cartoonish look (which has the potential to be toned down as some of the tweaks have shown) but the fact that there isn't single, fluid and consistent look to them which really gives the home screen a disjointed and unpolished look and feel.

    I didn't like the music icon in iOS 7 but when they flipped the gradient in iOS 8, it looked so much better and polished. I honestly didn't expect Apple would feel the need to change it so soon but then again, Apple has a penchant for trying to fix things that aren't broken and ignore the things that actually do need to be fixed.
  8. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    the annoying pink on white is already a stupid decision from the start. i much prefer the black on subtle green of spotify
  9. BillyMatt87 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 23, 2013
    I totally agree! The pink on white color scheme is incredibly tacky. I feel like the blue on white (as in most stock apps) is much classier (not saying much) but either way, the UI isn't very elegant looking...
  10. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    I don’t mind the icon so much. The old one was better but the new one isn’t exactly terrible. As for the rest: I agree. The status bar in the fullscreen player is one of the most bizarre design choices in recent years. At best it interferes with the beauty of the cover art, at worst you can’t actually read anything on the status bar depending on the artwork. It looks perfect when you drag the panel down half a centimetre. Why they had to remove the tab rearrangement is a mystery to me as well. It reeks of arrogance.

    Admittedly though, the Music app isn’t even the worst part of Apple Music, it’s iTunes. Other than iTunes there is literally no good music player left for the Mac and it sucks so much to be dependent upon Apple. Spotify has a super-smooth and fast application and it turns out that it’s completely based on HTML and Javascript, wrapped within a Cocoa app. That’s a really impressive achievement, considering that Apple has been favouring native code over web code since forever.
  11. Lugnutz macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2012
    I see a lot of hate for Apple Music but I really like it. I don't see what is so hard about the interface or what makes Spotify so much better. The radio portion of Spotify is terrible. The thumbs up and thumbs down don't work. The station was repetitive and didn't offer any variety in songs. I have found the radio in Apple Music to be much better. I haven't had a track repeat yet. I also don't care what the icon looks like. I always feel Apple products are overhyped but this is the one time where I think it is underrated.

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