Is it infantile to want upon a star? To creep downstairs at midnight and shout your deepest needs up the chimney within the hope that Santa is on the market, watching, ready… anticipating? To jot down an article principally begging one of many world’s greatest corporations to do one thing since you’d actually prefer it to occur?

No. No it’s not. In reality, it’s really a very mature, cool factor to do. Shut up.

So, right here I am going. All I need for Christmas is for Apple‘s software program division to tug its fist out of its personal anus and truly give us a macOS Catalina Music app that’s genuinely good.

Is that so laborious, Apple? Is it? Is it?

First, some context

I’m not speaking concerning the Apple Music streaming service, however the digital file library. Though you don’t hear about this from Apple fairly often, there should be thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of people that nonetheless purchase MP3s and have energetic digital music libraries.

Now, earlier this yr, Apple took iTunes out to take a look at some rabbits, after which blew its brains out all around the grassy knoll.

I feel I used to be one of many few individuals to actually love and revel in iTunes, so I discovered this information fairly upsetting. Except for the predictable nostalgic component of the dying of iTunes, I used to be particularly involved that Apple would flip the macOS Catalina Music app into one lengthy advert for the Apple Music streaming service.

Fortunately, this didn’t pan out as I feared.

However.. not the whole lot was rosy. Why? As a result of the macOS ‘Music’ app remains to be principally iTunes, simply with much less stuff in it.

Now, I do know what you’re considering: “however Callum, you stated you really liked iTunes, why would you be sad that the brand new macOS ‘Music’ app is principally the identical factor?”

Have a look at you smarty-pants, coming in right here and stating the inconsistencies in my very own article. Aren’t you particular? Mainly, I favored iTunes rather a lot, however that doesn’t imply I didn’t suppose it could possibly be higher. And as soon as I’d seen that Apple hadn’t made the macOS ‘Music’ app worse, it appeared fairly ridiculous that it didn’t put ANY effort into making the software program a superior music library.

Don’t fear although, Apple. Cease weeping. There there, it’s okay — as a result of I’ve some concepts that’ll make the macOS Catalina Music app pretty much as good accurately.

FLAC (and different format) help

At the moment (and to my understanding), the macOS ‘Music‘ app solely helps MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF, and Apple Lossless recordsdata. That is… okay, however there are a raft of different audio codecs on the market that individuals favor listening to. I’m not going to get into all that now, however on the very least there needs to be FLAC help.

That is the commonest lossless (i.e. top quality) format and the truth that the Music app doesn’t help that is… ridiculous. This needs to be a basic attribute of any music library.

Truly make the macOS Catalina Music app quick

There have been a number of stories of the macOS Catalina Music app being gradual as a tar-covered turtle. Whether or not it’s the search, track choice, or a myriad of different issues, the software program is as distant from a slick expertise as doable.

Actually, a streaming service like Spotify appears quicker than the macOS Catalina Music app. Apple, you must strip this factor to the naked bones and make it lightning fast.

And kind out all of the fucking bugs when you’re at it

Actually, nobody needs music software program that simply randomly pauses. Or doubles tracks up within the library. All of which has occurred to me.

Incorporate extra flexibility into the software program

This may go towards the need for much less bugs, however it’d be nice to have extra flexibility with the macOS Catalina Music app. I do know Apple‘s well-known for making bits of software program and {hardware} you may’t actually tinker with, however it’d be superb if it bucked the development with this app.

What I’d actually wish to see could be a manner you may drag-and-drop completely different parts onto the display and make a really customizable view. For instance, having a bit window that shows lyrics whereas a track is taking part in. Or two artist lists, so you may stay on one and nonetheless browse your library. Or an always-there equalizer with customizable settings.

There’s a lot potential there, so some ways you may make one thing unbelievable that also has the really feel of an Apple piece of software program. Oh, any possibly we may introduce loopy, Winamp-style skins too?

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