A review of iTunes 11 in a series of posts, Part 1.
Albums is the new default viewing mode for iTunes 11, and clicking on an album cover in this mode, unveils one of Apple’s latest pieces of eye candy mojo.
Each track listing for an album which has art is type-set with colors pulled from the album art.
For me this feels like something that I never would have thought of, and still don’t think I need. Luckily, it only effects the area of the track listing. Skinning iTunes based on the album I’m listening to smacks of the old days of Winamp (stop me when I’m dating myself).
Another issue with this is that the font iTunes uses is often far too frail. For these areas, they needed to be using a thicker font face, or maybe even just the bold font face of what’s here.
Something I’ve learned over the years working in printed products is that the thinner a font face is, the riskier using it on a poorly contrasted background, or white text on said background, is.
Having iTunes’ special-sauce-coding auto generate these colors really makes the issues with the font-size and readability glare on occasion.
Luckily for me, I’m mostly using iTunes in what I’d call the iTunes 10 view. How that view can be set up? Click Songs view, and then these are your preferred settings. That’s your little reward for finishing this post.
Coming up next? The most infuriating error message since the Blue Screen of Death.