Once upon a time, iTunes represented the future of music consumption. Apple’s desktop app was nimble, good looking and did everything I needed it to without any hassle.
Those were the good old days.
Today iTunes is a giant piece of bloatware that works about half the time, while often taking 5-10 minutes to start because it has to re-scan my entire local library for some insane reason. After thoroughly looking at the competition, I’m sad to report there are no alternatives that do any better. Everything else is either half-baked (like Google Music), has crappy UI (like Spotify) or WOULD be perfect were it not for one key feature missing (lookin’ at you Rdio).
All I’m asking for is
- A Windows desktop app…
- That displays large album art, at least 600 x 600 pixels worth
- With a 3-5 star rating system
- Utilizing a clean, modern user interface
- That manages my local music library
- And doesn’t over-heat my computer or hog half of my resources
Currently this does not exist.
Which is strange considering how much talent these companies employ. It’s equally strange that so little time or care has been put into emphasizing the visual component of music. With many music fans living in two and three screen environments, there’s a huge opportunity to put album art and related artist imagery front and center, enhancing the overall consumption experience. Instead we get crappy players with tiny artwork and nothing else.
I can’t be alone in this, and I would hope someone, somewhere would see it as a business opportunity for either an existing service or something new.
You’ll know where to find me when you have it.
In case you’re wondering….
No, none of the existing streaming services offer matching for my entire catalog. In fact, at least 30% of my albums haven’t been added to any of them yet.
And no, I’m never in a position to have consistent 24/7 wireless or data network access. Local management is still a total must.
Yes, all you WinAmp fanboys and girls, I’ve tried it. I loathe it. It was popular in 1999 and the UI has hardly changed at all since then. Call me high class, but I’d prefer my media consumption to look like it came from some time in the last 5 years.
I’m using Windows 7, so I can’t download the X-Box Music player.