This article really missed a huge opportunity to call out some major user pain points and gaps missed by the Apple Design Team. Instead, it focused on some petty and invalid arguments, which after a while just got to be tiring. Sorry but “ugly design”, “odd behaviors”, and more “ugly design decisions” are not valid design critiques in any circumstance or condition.
I was so excited when I came across your article’s title, as I have my own gripes with the Music app myself. It started off with some valid call outs with the consistency of the headers — one of 10 Usability Heuristics for User Interface Design. However, things started to go a down hill really fast!
Don’t worry though, you’re not alone, I myself used to get caught up with the same exact patterns and behaviors. It wasn’t until I met my former boss when my eyes were open to how to effectively and correctly perform a design critique. There are some great articles out there, one of which can be found right here on Medium thanks to Tanner Christensen from Facebook Design.
No I don’t want to start an argument on your post—after all, I don’t know “you”. Which is good because it makes it really unbiased. Take it as some feedback from a fellow designer and reader. It’s crucial to be able to speak up against some thing or some one, but it’s imperative that you back it up with valid arguments. In any case, thank you for the conversation starter!