Apple iTunes Icon – The Missing Link

A couple weeks ago when Apple released iTunes 10, I immediately pulled down the update. I was impressed by most of the visual enhancements made to the product. However, like many others, the new application icon left me feeling a little surprised. Since I didn’t watch the press event, I saw the icon for the first time after installing the iTunes update. My gut reaction was that it was clearly different but also seemed familiar for some reason. I’m not sure if it’s the blue gradient glow or what, but something about it looks old to me.

Although I understand the reasoning behind the decision to remove the CD, I am wondering why they felt it was necessary to go with such a dramatic change. I decided to do an experiment and interpolate between the old and the new just to see what the result would be.


As you can see, it’s an interesting exploration:

Experimental Apple iTunes Icon


I don’t think I necessarily like the “hybrid” icon any better than the new one but it was a fun little project. Aesthetically, I think the old one with the CD still comes out on top, but hey, that’s just me.

  1. After posting this, I found this contest put on by Wired Magazine which highlights some other icon designs that were submitted to Wired.

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