Trevor Stinson

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Jason Snell on the Touch Bar's Now Playing Control Strip item

While I appreciate the idea of the Now Playing Control Strip item, I don’t particularly like the way it’s implemented. When I expand it while playing audio from iTunes, there’s an iTunes icon, a very large scrubber, and playback controls. I can appreciate the iTunes scrubber as a fun demonstration of alternate interfaces on the Touch Bar, but for the life of me I can’t imagine how often I’d want to scrub through the contents of a song.

A very large scrubber might not be useful for straight listening, but it could have a lot of utility for a musician. iTunes’ scrubber can be frustratingly small for learning or charting songs.