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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
I think that ghosts like / The cooler weather / When leaves turn colour / They get together
— Hawksley Workman, Autumn's Here
January 8, 2013
Searching in the new iTunes (or: Where’s Wilco?)

There’s a new iTunes in town, and it’s been the subject of much controversy in Apple circles. It’s a fairly radical redesign of the interface that, most notably, throws albums and their associated artwork into the forefront. Moving away from a list based metaphor, iTunes does a nice job of putting album covers into the foreground.

Visually, I like the new iTunes but the search interface I’ve found a bit frustrating. In at least once case, I find it absolutely puzzling. The screenshot below does a decent job of showing that case.
iTunes Wacky Search Results When I search for Wilco I get exactly one artist match: Billy Bragg & Wilco. Don’t get me wrong, the Mermaid Avenue albums are favourites of mine and I’m happy that the search finds them but it’s the absence of other Wilco results that I find surprising.

My Wilco collection is modest, admittedly, comprising of only 42 albums with 4.35GB of music and 502 songs. That’s not much.

This one’s a mystery. Here’s hoping the new iTunes goes in the right direction, because it’s too essential to daily life for millions of iPhone owners already.

Posted by skooter at 10:10 PM This entry is filed under Technology.
This entry is tagged: Apple, iPhone, iTunes, Software, Wilco

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