If any of you use iTunes, you may have noticed the new version (12) released a month of two ago got “facelift”.
It was quite the opposite of a facelift actually. Literally. They went for an all-flat iOS-esque look and feel, and it’s super confusing, ugly, and makes editing song metadata way harder than it should be. So today, after getting fed up with it for the third time, I decided to downgrade it back to version 11.
It was a pain in the ass man, holy shit. You have to jump through all kinds of hoops to get the older version to install properly over your newer version, and then there’s still an issue with library compatibility. Apparently libraries from 12 aren’t compatible with older versions. Luckily it automatically stores a number of “previous library” files, so I could revert to one of those, but that also meant I had to reimport music of five artists all over again.
Truth be told, it’s horribly unreasonable to expect software developers to keep downgrading in mind when working on their software, but it’s a shame it’s almost never truly supported anyway. Some applications work just fine since they don’t use any special resources, but once you get to external files you’ll want to keep track of the format they’re in. And if changes to that format are required for a feature in a newer version, then it’s fully justifiable to lose backwards compatibility with older versions.
But that’s just some rambling.