Slow death of iTunes song ratings
01-15-2018, 06:41 AM, (This post was last modified: 01-15-2018, 06:42 AM by Gippy.)
Post: #1
Slow death of iTunes song ratings
They hide them, then give in and allow you to toggle them back on again. They decide to then auto generate an album rating that is based on the song ratings, which in itself is fine, but it then auto-adds all the album's songs to smart playlists that use that rating. And you can't turn off Album ratings. And they're wholly inconsistent on when they're attached to an album. And they appear to no longer sync from phone to computer.

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Its such a simple feature, really. An easy taxonomy that helps me organize.

I want functional song ratings back.

And, yes, I have submitted feedback.
01-15-2018, 07:08 AM,
Post: #2
RE: Slow death of iTunes song ratings
Isn't submitting feedback about as effective as Windows XP's "Report an issue" Wizard?
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01-15-2018, 08:00 AM,
Post: #3
RE: Slow death of iTunes song ratings
I'm pretty sure that's all piped to /dev/null
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01-15-2018, 11:06 PM,
Post: #4
RE: Slow death of iTunes song ratings
iTunes sucking? I don't use the ratings feature. I ran a script years ago to do rate my songs based on play count. It got me off the ground. I have since rated nothing. But that's because I can't figure how I'd use it. It's too limiting as a taxonomy. That is, I'll never ask to play all two star songs, and it's not like I'm going to delete Octopus's Garden or other album outliers.

And what's up with the heart? Did the stars not cut it for Eddy Cue? Now he can like a song to 11?

And holy crap, the metadata has ballooned. Title, sort title, grouping. WTF is a grouping? And why have they not just implemented tags? They seem to think they're great for the Finder (I don't use them), why is iTunes an exception? And iTunes has an art service, but no lyrics service. Really? There's a lyrics metadata field that is fucking prominent in the UI. It always says, "No lyrics for this song."

And would it kill you to implement a BPM service too? If you're going to have the meta field in the UI for 10 goddamn years, the least you could do is fill in the data.

And how come I can't stick two songs together? Since I'm on about Abbey Road, how come I can't stick side B together so that when I shuffle music, they always play as one? Or Led Zep's Heartbreaker/Living Loving Maid? Is that too much to ask? There's a compilation checkbox which is entirely redundant given artist and composer, but no way to attach songs to one another.

And the way it handles the automatic metadata even sucks. I recently ripped a Tears for Fears CD and a Christoper Cross CD. iTunes labels them as "Various Artist" CDs because of a guest vocalist on one track. That means that when I search for either CD by artist, it doesn't show up properly. Idiots. You'd think, given the volume of "feat." tracks out there that one of the meta fields would be "Featuring" so that the artist value isn't all fucked up when it comes time to actually use iTunes.

And while its CD identity service is a time saver, does it really need to capitalize "of?" Wouldn't it be nice if it had a better title case function?

Oh, and there's the persistent navigation: Library, For You, Browse, Radio, Store where three of the items go to Apple Music, but fuck all if you can find the little phone button when you plug in your phone. Bad decision or dark pattern?

iTunes sucks. What's the alternative? I spend enough time in Sonos now that using iTunes is less important, but the Sonos player isn't exactly awesome. Is there really no media player alternative to iTunes? I keep threatening to build rooTunes... maybe I should and maybe Apple will buy it from me.
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01-15-2018, 11:46 PM,
Post: #5
RE: Slow death of iTunes song ratings
If you can't find a good alternative, why not build a rooTunes? You could problably make good money on it, as long as the user isn't locked in by DRM.
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01-16-2018, 12:16 AM,
Post: #6
RE: Slow death of iTunes song ratings
Because I'm lazy.
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01-16-2018, 12:25 AM,
Post: #7
RE: Slow death of iTunes song ratings
iTunes is a wonderful example of the pitfalls of trying to make a complex (HA!) database accessible to moron-level users.
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01-16-2018, 01:48 AM,
Post: #8
RE: Slow death of iTunes song ratings
I'd argue it's a better example of rolling too many features into the same app and then trying to maintain the mess. If iTunes focused solely on music then metadata management might be better focused on to improve.
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01-16-2018, 02:40 AM,
Post: #9
RE: Slow death of iTunes song ratings
Please add another request for rooTunes into your database.
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