Originally Posted by Octavaryum
iTunes default layout just bugs me. I have a lot of music, making scrolling down through artists just irritating. Having an Artists, then an Album 'window' is just necessary to me for a player. I don't know if iTunes has changed since I last used it (several years ago), but it didn't seem to have anything going for it vs. the competition.
Originally Posted by Ham Sandwich
Has anyone mentioned yet that iTunes is horrid at managing a library that contains both classical and popular (non-classical) music?
Probably having to do with the "Compilations" aspect of iTunes, where it will take any "Album" that tags multiple "Artists" and put in a separate place, separate even from "all" "Artists". I have gotten used to this feature myself, but it has taken years.
You can turn "Compilations" off when iTunes is handling library organization, like many of the default features I read people complaining about here, in the iTunes "Preferences" section, hidden un-intuitively in the "edit" menu on the Windows version.
One of the things that annoys me about iTunes now is that I have to immediately change the way it displays back to the way I want it upon new installs, which is in "list" form with the browser on top. That's the way iTunes was in the earlier versions, and it's the best way to handle a large library IME.
My point though is that iTunes is not as rigid as it is portrayed in many posts here, and is in fact quite customizable in many areas.
One thing for sure is that Apple does nothing by accident, so the way everything is laid out is because they think we either want it that way (the majority anyways; trying to attract more Windows users IMO), or because they think it will drive us to their on-line content store