Brye Kobayashi, a designer, posted a new concept that reimagines the look of iTunes on OS X that addresses many navigation and usability issues, and brings the design in line with the new iOS 7 design language.
Some of the issues the designer highlights with iTunes’ existing designs are:
- Dropdown to switch between Music, Video and App libraries is confusing for the average user.
- The narrow rows of songs in the list view with small text isn’t legible
- There are two highly distinct styles of design within iTunes — the list based library view and the more modern grid based iTunes Radio view
The concept revamps the iTunes design with a flat look, a better iTunes Store, a more readable library view and improved navigation.
The library view, earlier a simple linear list, is an alphabetically grouped list in the concept:
The iTunes Store features a simplified design, with a less complex information hierarchy, big banners, and of course flattened buttons and other UI elements:
The device management screen is redesigned too, with the storage bar featuring flatter colors, and Find my iPhone and iCloud accessible right from within this window.
Over time, there has been a lot of feature creep in iTunes, with unrelated functionalities like the App Store, device management, app library etc. being crammed in what was once a music player. iTunes’ design is long due for a rethink, and we think this concept does a good job at exploring what the future of the music player might look like. Let us know what you think in the comments below.