5 things that apple could / should consider for iTunes 8

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 :).

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  1. 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.

    [vidipress height=”20″ width=”450″ mode=”http” filename=”http://massanti.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/demo_mp3_192k.mp3″ /]

    aacPlus v2 audio sample encoded at 48kbps, total file size: 0.66 MB.

    [vidipress height=”20″ width=”450″ mode=”http” filename=”http://massanti.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/demo_aacplus_48k.m4a” fs=”no” /]


  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

6 Responses to “5 things that apple could / should consider for iTunes 8”

  1. other p3 players already work on itunes, with the exception of protected music.

    (i.e. microsoft’s zune)

    by Anonymous, January 13th, 2008 at 11:41 pm

  2. mp3*

    by Anonymous, January 13th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

  3. Hmmm… i didn’t know about that, could you tell me about a “non-apple” player that can be loaded with iTunes ?

    by Diego Massanti, January 13th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

  4. Decent suggestions. #4 should include other devices besides just portable players, e.g. media devices like Elgato’s discontinued EyeHome.

    by sjk, February 5th, 2008 at 3:24 pm

  5. I think you nailed it on the head!! That\’s the point that everyone here has failed to make, nice work!! I am going to place a link to you on my blogroll, ok?

    by iTunes Music Blog, November 28th, 2008 at 12:15 am

  6. I can\’t believe no one has made that point yet!!! Good work on really nailing down the correct approach. I\’m going to link to this from my blog roll, ok?

    by iTunes Music Blog, December 6th, 2008 at 1:09 pm