One can create a folder of apps, why not a folder of films?
There is no denying the Apple TV is a remarkable device. Its only significant flaws can be attributed to Apple’s negligence toward iTunes — first in macOS which has trickled into iOS and tvOS.
No streaming service or paid-for digital video service allows users to curate their own collections of films.
I propose that Apple, with all their clout in the industry, be the ones to change this glaring oversight. Give Apple TV users the ability to create their own “collections “ of films in their library. Say you love Christmas films and wish there was a way to easily browse all the films you personally qualify as “Christmas films”. You could create such a list and label it to your choosing. Then you could add
Imagining what Collections might look like on the Apple TV
Along with showcasing how such a UX change might be executed I’ve introduced some minor but important UI improvements along the way.
This redesign strives to:
- Provide better library management through the creation and management of user-curated collections of films.
- Give users better defined active states. In my experience using the Apple
TVit’s not always clear which item is actively selected.
- Provide clearer actions throughout. Give users defined actions to manage their list. This is shown below in the “By collection” sidebar for “Manage collections”. One could also edit the active collection they’re browsing by clicking the “Collection actions” button above the grid of items.
- Surface some extra details that may otherwise be buried in settings
I only wish Apple allowed developers to execute custom iTunes library applications on the Apple TV. If they did, I would seriously consider creating this experience or working with a group of people who could make it happen.
iTunes dead? All hail TV/Movies app?
I’m hoping that Apple addresses some of its legacy ancient code over the next few years. It’s only a matter of time before someone else comes along and makes something better. Well, one can hope, right? The reality is that no other ecosystem offers such a robust library. Google Movies is getting better all the time but still falling short in comparison. The same could be said for Amazon. As I am editing this post now (June 2019) Apple has announced its plans for the end of iTunes (except on Windows). Maybe the new Movies app will finally give us a more modern experience and management of our purchased media?
Owning media versus streaming?
We are living in a time in which owning digital collections might not even make sense. I choose to invest, digitally, because one can never count on favorite films being available on streaming services and one only has so much physical space for DVDs. In the media management and the streaming world, Plex is the one service in which you can make playlists out of your own purchased media (TV/Film/Music/Podcasts in one playlist). It’s great, but not all my media is in Plex nor is it practical. What I really want is for Plex to merge with iTunes and/or Netflix. That would be kind of amazing. Plex has already collaborated to bring Tidal to Plex on the music side, so perhaps they are working on an equivalent on the film/tv side? One can only hope.