iTunes auto-rating all played tracks …

For more than a year it’s been bugging me that iTunes “sometimes” would auto-rate played tracks. It happened on some albums, yet not all albums. Back in May 2018 I posted this video on YouTube showing the behaviour:

As you can see iTunes here automatically rates “En Masse” (track 10) from the moment it starts playing.


Back then I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, yet today I found out when this behaviour occurs: it happens when you’ve rated the album itself. For whatever reason iTunes copies over the album rating onto each track when you start playing it.

I don’t like this behaviour, as it’s unwanted: an album can be 5 stars, yet that does not mean all individual tracks on it are 5 stars.

(*) For the “Nachtlicht” album (from the second video) I’d make an exception though … it’s an exceptionally great album by Eefje de Visser and would highly recommend it to all who speak Belgian/Dutch!

So, Apple, can you fix this?

Rethinking iTunes


Apple’s iTunes desktop app is notorious for trying to be everything to everyone, all the time: music, books, apps, videos purchasing, syncing, and a lot more. Would iTunes be a better product if it were split up into smaller, focused, single-purpose apps?
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Fixing the “Connect to iTunes to use Push Notifications” alert in iOS 7.0.3


Ever since updating to iOS 7.0.3, my iPhone kept telling me to “Connect to iTunes to use Push Notifications”. Connecting to iTunes did just nothing: the notice kept popping up. Additionally iMessage and FaceTime didn’t work anymore, really annoying.

Above that the notice forced some apps in a loop as an app would lose and regain focus with that dialog showing (Dropbox with a passcode for example would get stuck in such a loop). Not that handy.

To fix this, follow these steps (on your iDevice):

  1. Go to “Settings” → “iTunes & App Store” and log out of your account.
  2. Restart your iDevice.
  3. Go to “Settings” → “iTunes & App Store” and login again.

That should do it (at least it did for me).

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Fitts’ Law vs. Apple on Windows, continued, again

Two years ago I wrote about Fitts’ Law vs. iTunes/Safari describing the lack of the upperleft and upperright pixels in the Windows distribution of Safari. The lack of those two pixels resulted in some really odd behavior (the upper right corner for example didn’t trigger the close button, as you clicked *through it*, hitting the close button of the application underneath). Luckely Apple soon set things straight and fixed the issues mentioned.

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Their missing Mile-High Menus and Magic Corners : Fitts’ Law vs. Apple on Windows

safari.jpgWhen using software Fitts’ Lawa model of human movement, predicting the time required to rapidly move from a starting position to a final target area, as a function of the distance to the target and the size of the target – is in effect all the time. Microsoft understands the importance of this but Apple apparently doesn’t, at least not on Windows …

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