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PC Mag: iTunes 4.5 reviewed

updated 06:20 pm EDT, Tue May 18, 2004

iTunes 4.5 reviewed

PC Magazine has published a . "While iTunes is still a top-tier player and store, the improvements in 4.5 turn out to be less interesting in practice than they are on paper [...] iMix is less than thrilling so far. Looking at other people's song lists isn't all that fascinating, and there's no way to post comments on mixes; all you can do is rate them from one to five stars. [...] To be truly useful, Party Shuffle should offer more control over which artists, playlists, or genres should or shouldn't be included [...] iTunes finally delivers jewel-case printing with this release ... but here again, customization is lacking."




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  1. MacnTX

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    And...

    And it's still superior to anything else available on Windows by a long shot, especially WMP 9, plus it's free...

  1. mac freak

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    PC Magazine

    What, y'all expected a glowing review from PC Magazine? It's like expecting Xbox Monthly to include a positive review of Metroid Prime.

  1. bashar

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    customization

    PC freaks are obsessed with customizing everything, to the point of getting too technical and loosing functionality, they will never ever understand apple's philosophy... never mind for someone who doesnt get it

  1. PookJP

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Shhh....

    Easy there, zealots. Some of these criticisms are actually worthwhile. For instance, the ability to post support for a star rating within iMix would be a nice feature. For me, I'm not inclined to rate the mixes because I can't make the critique constructive.

    For PartyMix, I completely agree with this as well. If it's going to be truly worthwhile, I would like to have more control over specifically what is played. Otherwise, I'd just make a playlist and put it on "random", but the point of PartyMix is to save the time and effort of doing this.

    I haven't printed a jewel case through iTunes, so I can't comment, but in my experience with graphics, the more options the better. The only qualifier on that options comment is they should retain a "simple" mode for novice users.

  1. gunnar

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    plenty of features alredy

    iTunes has plenty of features already. I don't want anymore at all. The only things I might want are already made by 3rd parties. I hate the feature bloat of Windows jukeboxes. There's room to grow on the store side. The obvious thing is to have the store learn and change to reflect your buying taste. Amazon does a good job of this. I'm sure this will happen soon because everyone wants comments, and more accurate ratings.

  1. chrissyboy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Duh they like it

    Read the review: "...enhance an already outstanding digital music package." They like it! Geddit? This is just macnn trying to get us all riled and upset - they seem to be doing this more and more.

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Nested Playlists

    If you include other playlists into a super playlist, party mix actually does become quite useful...

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Whadya expect?

    It's just a .x update to a music software! Don't they have anything better to write about???

  1. Rincewind

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Shhh...

    For PartyMix, I completely agree with this as well. If it's going to be truly worthwhile, I would like to have more control over specifically what is played. Otherwise, I'd just make a playlist and put it on "random", but the point of PartyMix is to save the time and effort of doing this.

    Actually, you can completely control what plays in Party Mix. One of the parameters is the source playlist. Just make a playlist with what you want to mix and point Party Mix at it.

  1. klinux

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yeah

    Chill out. If PC Mag says it does not like the metal look watch zealots jump all over the source even though plenty of Mac users do not like the metal look either.

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