I’ve been using iTunes religiously since college, right around 2001, when an art professor told me, “iTunes is the best way to play with your music.”
And he was right. I remember those awful days of WinAmp and I cringe. iTunes, despite all its flaws, remains one of my favorite pieces of Apple software. Grab a song, hit the green “zoom” button, and tuck the iTunes mini player away until you need it. It was convenient and easy to use.
Then they went and broke the damn thing.
Now, with iTunes 9, when you hit the green “maximize” button in OS X, the mini player doesn’t appear. Instead, iTunes treats it like every other app treats it: as a way to mess with the size of the window.
So for eight years now, Apple takes an automatic iTunes response, one that my muscles have stored in the same place they store the tie-your-shoes instructions, and tossed it in the trash heap.
Here’s what happens when you hit the green plus button now:
Notice anything? Of course not – it’s BECAUSE NOTHING HAPPENED!
Nothing except a subtle screen shift to the bottom right – a transition of a few pixels. But those few pixels have screwed the entire iTunes experience.
Nope, now you have to go to the “View” menu and manually choose “Switch to Mini Player,” or – as I had to learn in an Apple Support forum – hit Option when you click the green “maximize” button.
It’s crap. Hopefully, judging from the forum responses (and the feedback link they provided) it’s simply a bug and a fixable situation.
But really – did no one at Apple click the green zoom button and try out the mini player? Does no one in One Infinite Loop actually use the damn thing?