Apple Front Row Improvements

For any one that has a Portable Mac, or iMac you will be familiar with Front Row. The application gives a cool interface for finding and playing, music, videos and pictures. But there if always room for improvements. Click any of the images for there full glorified version.


1) Responsiveness

The application works great but it is always a little slow to respond. For example you click on a play list and it would take ages to load. This may be down to my computer but is probably apparent on other computers. As well as this you click the menu button to move up a menu, this may take a while to respond, so you click it again. The problem now is that you have moved to far up.

Improving the response time would greatly improve the user interaction of the application.

2) Improving Video Trailers

There is a small feature of the Video section of Front Row that gives you access to trailers on the Apple website. This is great by itself, but could be improved.
For example more trailers could be added in different resolutions, I have a wide screen monitor that can accept 720p video, why not stream that format to me. As well as this why not offer trailers from different websites.


3) Youtube

Currently youtube is not an added feature of Front Row, but it is for AppleTV. Having Youtube would a cool improvement to mess about with.




4) iTunes Album Art

Currently when and iTunes file plays in the music section the album art and text stay in the same place, as shown in the image below. Just making the album art move around the page, would make it look a bit more interesting, if not so similar to the improvement listed above.


6) Playing None Quicktime Movies

That is probably one of the main downsides to Front Row, its inability to play movies from other formats. You could overcome this by manually installing all of the quicktime library components, but why couldn't this be standard.


7) DVD Improvements

The DVD feature of Front Row is good, but it could be better. For example it would be cool if there was some kind of movie curtains which move out of the way as the video begins to play. Similar to the what happens at the cinema now. Although this improvements doesn't actually make the application better in terms of functionality it would be cool to look at.

Now I know that this list can be improved and added to, if you have any comments please leave them in the comments section below.

Hopefully Apple will take this advice and add it to the latest Front Row update, but I seriously doubt it.

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