Loc: Alexandria, VA
And look how small the Play button is now?! sheesh.
Although not obvious, if you click anywhere on the bar down at the bottom (aside from the little red icons themselves) you'll get a larger window with a nice big control buttons and scrubber. This is also one of the places you'll find the shuffle button.
Click here (black circle):
To get here:
Pretty damned unintuitive, if you ask me -- there's no indication that bar is even a live, clickable area; and if the big track window isn't going to automatically open when you play a song (like it used to), the shuffle button really does need to appear on that main screen.
Speaking of which ...
... there doesn't appear to be a way to get rid of the elephantine "Recently Added" section that hogs all that space in the main window. Yes, it scrolls away as you browse the list, but it is completely unnecessary as a big huge display like that -- it feels like an unwanted advertisement (even though I know it's not). This really belong in the "songs" dropdown or something ...
As usual, if they had made these things optional ("Collapse Recently Added," perhaps, or "Play Tracks Using Large Display") it would have been a much better solution ...
I'm a big advocate of letting Apple find its personality in the post-Jobs era, but man, their UI in this app and in iTunes on the desktop is completely in the toilet*
*Although In this instance, I'm not unconvinced they're intentionally making it more convoluted to play your own music in order to drive you towards the streaming subscription, the controls of which seem simpler (although still a bit arcane in their own right in some ways). You know where their heads are at when four out of the five buttons in the main menu down at the bottom have nothing to do with playing your own music =P ...
I typically listen to my music shuffled (and yes it took me too long to figure out how to do that) until I find a song that strikes me well enough to listen to either A.) the album from which it came, or B.) a genius playlist generated off that song. Neither of those options are easy to do either. I've pulled it off-- but for the life of me, I can't remember HOW I've done it. Good software should be easy to figure out. This is not good software.
I've tried to give myself time-- thinking it's just me; that I'll warm up to 8.4. To the contrary, it's only upset me more and more. Someone at Appl needs to have their head examined for designing this POS and someone needs to have their head examined for approving it.
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