A few days ago, Apple has released iTunes 7.1. There’s no doubt that the most important addition is support for AppleTV, but there is also a new full-screen mode for Cover Flow. Album artwork has never looked this good on a computer screen.
An idea that immediately springs to mind: why not let the user flip the cover around to discover what’s on the back? Playlists’s Chris Breen came up with this idea, too:
Now that I can see the front cover in such detail naturally I’d love to turn the cover around and see what’s on the back—or at least flip it around so I can view the tracks on the album and choose the one I want to play while in full-screen Cover Flow view.
Then again, why stop there? You see, the one thing I’ve been missing the most when buying music from the iTunes Store is the album booklet. When listening to a CD, reading up on the record’s background story, the musicians involved, and what went on during the recording session adds a lot to the listening experience. Wouldn’t it be great if you could browse a digitized version of the full CD booklet by flipping through its pages right there in iTunes? Let’s take this one step further and add album navigation via clickable track list entries inside the on-screen booklet, and maybe include some links to websites with more information on the artist, etc., as well. Say hello to your full-featured virtual jewel case shelf!
We will probably see some implementation of this in an upcoming update to iTunes, and I’m very curious to find out just which feature set the Apple engineers will add, and what the UI will look like.
What’s your take on such a feature, and what other things are on your wish list for iTunes’s user interface?