This is just a brief and humble list of things that i would like Apple to consider for iTunes 8 in order to improve the application. If im lucky enough, at least item 1 on this list will become true, and that, would make me and several other people really happy :).
- Support for HE-AAC Plus V2 Audio:
This is one of the most modern audio codecs out there, with supporters going from 3GPP to Nero, you can get really good stereo audio quality and channel separation at bitrates as low as 48kbps, which is great for radio streams and podcasts.
The following is a head by head comparison between an audio file encoded to MP3 with the LAME encoder at 192kbps at maximum quality, and the same file encoded with the 3GPP aacPlus encoder at 48kbps.
MP3 audio sample encoded at 192kbps, total file size: 2.56 MB.
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aacPlus v2 audio sample encoded at 48kbps, total file size: 0.66 MB.
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- Make it better on Windows, please!: Most of your iTunes users are also Windows users so PLEASE Apple, make the iTunes experience on windows as smooth as it is on Mac OS.
While we are in the Windows topic, i would like also an iTunes version with all the memory leaks properly fixed, plus, a 64bit ready version would be great too ;). It is clear that there are several “glitches” when running iTunes on Vista, and afaik, it is not Microsoft’s fault.
- Give it a proper video playing UI: I’m sorry Apple, but the video playing experience when using iTunes (on both Mac and PC) is just poor, poor to the point that watching videos on iTunes can be one of the most painful experiences.
- Hardware interoperability: Allow selected third party hardware vendors to use the application to load songs on other portable players, and not JUST the iPod. Ok, i know this one is a dream, but i would like that to happen, so i will leave it here.
- Improved library backup features: Include a proper “Backup my Library” function that allows the user to backup the library to Hard Drive folder or PenDrive. Sometimes, you want to just format your HD and be sure that after you reinstall iTunes you can restore your library just as it was before, without the use of any other 3rd party application. Actually, this functionallity is included within iTunes, but it only allows backups to DVD / CD Media, and, in my case, my library is 19GB.