The iTunes Store, Apple Music, and Readability

I was listening to some music by Bill Frisell today on Apple Music. I wanted to read his biography. Here’s what it looks like:

Itunes bio

While I had to shrink the screenshot a bit for it to fit here, you can tell that it’s pretty much unreadable even at full size. With a text of about 1,400 words, and no paragraph breaks, it’s very hard to follow. In addition, the text takes up half the width of my 27″ iMac’s display. I can make the window narrower, so the lines are shorter, and a bit easier to read, but it’s still very difficult.

It wouldn’t take much for Apple to make these texts readable. It’s surprising that they don’t seem to think about such things. Perhaps they only look at these texts on an iPhone or iPad…

On the iTunes Store, however, it has breaks, and is more readable (though the lines are still too long):

Itunes bio

So they realize that breaks are useful, but don’t care about them on Apple Music?

6 thoughts on “The iTunes Store, Apple Music, and Readability

  1. Wow. Leaving aside the point of this post, I have to say I knew Frisell was a busy fellow and I have a lot of his stuff, but I have failed to grasp the apparent fact that he never sleeps of eats. One busy artist!

  2. Wow. Leaving aside the point of this post, I have to say I knew Frisell was a busy fellow and I have a lot of his stuff, but I have failed to grasp the apparent fact that he never sleeps of eats. One busy artist!

  3. Apple needs to eat their own dog food and use their own accessibility guidelines. There were several really interesting sessions at WWDC last year from the accessibility group that hit a lot of my complaints about Apple software and websites. If Apple themselves did even half of what they say they want developers to do, life would be much more pleasant for those of us with poor but not yet gone vision.

    iTunes store in particular is a disaster area on all platforms. It’s just html, but there’s no way to increase font size, and some of the developers use colors with such low contrast that it’s unreadable. It’s probably even worse for the color-blind. There isn’t even a way to copy the text in order to paste it into an editor to change the size, or a button to switch to the web site version so you can change the size.

    Apple probably thinks that Zoom is the one true answer, but they’ve obviously never tried to read anything with zoom for more than three lines. Everyone I’ve asked so far says that side scrolling makes them seasick in short order.

  4. Apple needs to eat their own dog food and use their own accessibility guidelines. There were several really interesting sessions at WWDC last year from the accessibility group that hit a lot of my complaints about Apple software and websites. If Apple themselves did even half of what they say they want developers to do, life would be much more pleasant for those of us with poor but not yet gone vision.

    iTunes store in particular is a disaster area on all platforms. It’s just html, but there’s no way to increase font size, and some of the developers use colors with such low contrast that it’s unreadable. It’s probably even worse for the color-blind. There isn’t even a way to copy the text in order to paste it into an editor to change the size, or a button to switch to the web site version so you can change the size.

    Apple probably thinks that Zoom is the one true answer, but they’ve obviously never tried to read anything with zoom for more than three lines. Everyone I’ve asked so far says that side scrolling makes them seasick in short order.

  5. The extremely tiny type in iTunes on my iMac is a major annoyance. I sit five feet away from my 21 inch non retina iMac, and I can just barely see the type if I am not too sleepy. Why, oh why, doesn’t Apple let people adjust the type size in iTunes? Or at least display the type in a larger size for everyone?

    This is one more reason to abandon iTunes for everything except syncing. I use JRiver for music playback on my iMac, which sounds much better through my DAC and external speakers and offers the option to change the type size.

  6. The extremely tiny type in iTunes on my iMac is a major annoyance. I sit five feet away from my 21 inch non retina iMac, and I can just barely see the type if I am not too sleepy. Why, oh why, doesn’t Apple let people adjust the type size in iTunes? Or at least display the type in a larger size for everyone?

    This is one more reason to abandon iTunes for everything except syncing. I use JRiver for music playback on my iMac, which sounds much better through my DAC and external speakers and offers the option to change the type size.

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