It seems increasingly obvious than what will end up driving me away is the escalating awfulness of Apple’s music apps on both OS X and i OS.
UPDATE: I’ve tried several third-party music apps looking for a replacement for Apple’s built-in app.
UPDATE 2: Another problem: Once you select an artist, that artist’s albums are not sorted alphabetically.
They’re sorted, as best as I can tell, by release date.
OK, there’s a hint of a fifth if you look closely: Like I said: Fine if you have a dozen or so albums in your collection. Scrolling through them just got much, much more difficult. but each album is expanded to show the songs it contains: So in order to scroll through an artist’s albums, you have to scroll past every song in every album. But if you have several albums by a given artist, it quickly becomes annoying. Speaking of which: It took a whopping 22 seconds from tapping on “Bruce Springsteen” to getting a list of Bruce Springsteen albums.
But as a way of browsing and playing my i Phone’s music library, it’s far better than Apple’s app.
There’s a little bit more of a lag when loading a large list (an Artist with a very large number of albums, for example, or the Songs view) than I’d like, but overall it’s a very good app and the developer seems to be actively updating it.
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So, yeah, Some Girls will be listed after It’s Only Rock n Roll, and 3-4 albums after Sticky Fingers (1971).
Right where you’d expect it -- assuming, of course, that you happen to remember the chronology of album releases by every artist in your entire music library. Oh, and the whole chronological order thing only works if all your albums have release-date metadata (unlikely) (hilariously implausible.) For example: Let It Bleed was originally released in 1969, but on my phone the Music app lists it after Flashpoint (originally released in 1991) because my copy of Let It Bleed is apparently a re-issue from 2005.