2 months ago 🏆 for day 345, 2019 with 310 words.

Well knock me down with a feather

Back on day 317 (roughly four weeks ago) I had a rant about things Apple had done when they split iTunes into the Music and TV applications. I lamented the lost of these features. Technically you could call them regressions of functionality although it has become obvious that as the feature set gets ever larger the easiest way to be able to maintain it and still keep up a decent level of quality - something that Apple have been really bad at the last few years - is to cut features. Apple claim they do this based on analytics of usage, know what they are doing and cut a feature that very few people use.

Today Apple released macOS 10.15.2 with release notes that said:

Restores the column browser view for managing the music library

They brought it back. I thought that this time it was a gone for good, but it's back. The column browser existed before iTunes even became iTunes - when Apple bought an existing MP3 player app. It's a pretty essential feature in my book.

Adds support for using an iPhone or iPad to remotely control the Music and TV apps on a Mac

They fixed this too. I saw this as an oversight also. I thought, well maybe I'm the only one that does this, but it turns out I wasn't. Somebody somewhere with enough clout to get features put back when they get killed is getting them put back.

Maybe Phil Schiller is right, Apple are listening and putting to rights all the mistakes they have been making. A real escape key, a scissor switch keyboard, better thermals, the column browser and remote control of Music & TV using your phone or watch.

A stupidly expensive pro computer with a $1,000 monitor stand. Maybe they have way to go.


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Chief WriteTogether Bug Finder & character stringer. Generally to create computer code, but sometimes actual words and paragraphs. Listens to lots of music, takes lots of photos, & invests in stocks for the long haul.

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