So far (one year later) I’m pretty non-plussed with Adobe Media Player. It reminds me too much of Real / WMP which means I must not be the target market, or I’m just old and cranky. The source of much of my irritation has been that it launches at startup and I don’t remember giving it permission to. Regardless, every time I reboot (admittedly infrequent on OS X) I’m confronted with a slow starting app (AMP) and I can’t figure out where startup preferences are that would stop this.
Just today, I decided to again nose around in the “options” and discovered that launch at startup is actually tucked away under a category called “Automatic Notifications”.
Whether in the iPhone, RIAs, or new age desktop apps, motion patterns are all the rage. I dig this and I’m a big advocate for pushing the boundaries of usability and user / brand experience, but at the end of the day some of AMP’s animations don’t add much value for me and end up feeling gratuitous. This contributes to a sense of bloat and “fakeness” in the app which is also part of the “brand experience” that’s often not accounted for.
There’s lots to like it in AMP (rss playlists, file system playback of flv, etc.), but there’s also a disturbing sense of bloat (it sometimes feels like a big advert to me), a slick, but gratuitous, ui which reinforces emotional unease and an overall lack of concern for user control (launch at boot up). Add it all up and it makes me feel like AMP is just more of the same in the media player market.