Monday, November 07, 2005

Interfaces, Part II

I take this as support of my earlier post about interfaces:

1 Million Windows to Mac Converts So Far in 2005

Why? Because it's the interface that the iPod has going for it... the technology isn't much different or any better than, say Neuros (which I have and works out well for me). But I must admit there is something viscerally pleasing about iPods. Macs have always won on interfaces - and everybody else just copied.


Blogger Brent Chapman said...

The interface gets weak when you've got 12,000 songs on your 60GB iPod, and you want to find a particular artist... You spin and spin and spin the little dial, and then just as you get near the right part of the alphabet, the UI notices that you've been spinning and spinning and spinning, and accelerates the paging, so that you end up way overshooting the artist that you want. Happens to me every time.

The interface is also annoying when you want to change some setting like "Random Play"; you have to page all the way back up to the top of the menu, then all the way down to change the settings. It seems like there really ought to be some power-user shortcuts somehow...

The UI is sexy and intuitive, and is trivial to learn, but it doesn't scale well...

11/07/2005 4:16 PM  

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