Those days are gone despite the fact that Delicious Library is better than ever. Within a few years I expect to have everything that once got stored on my Mac to be stored somewhere in the cloud.
First up let me tell you that there’s really not much to not like about Delicious Library, especially if you’re a fan of organizing, and love skeumorphism.
All this modern and mature app does is manage your media. Books, music, movies, video games– all the stuff you’ve been collecting for years.
No app I’ve come across does it better. The interface could not be simpler– it’s like looking at digital library shelves. All your stuff is just there.
Delicious Library lets you scan barcodes so you get the exact information you need to store for each of you CDs, DVDs, books, games, and so on.
Because it’s internet savvy, Delicious Library grabs all the details– author, release date, artist, description, cover art. Use your Mac’s built-in iSight camera to scan the barcodes. Delicious Library does the rest.
You can enter details by hand but don’t bother. Almost everything you need to know about what you own is online and Delicious Library does a good job finding it all.
So, what’s the problem?
The app is rooted in 1999, and tied to physical media at a time when the world– and yours truly– are heading rapidly into the digital age where everything that’s not stored locally is stored online.
My atom-based collection of media isn’t going away anytime soon and I don’t plan to sell all my books, CDs, DVDs, et al just so I can by new digital versions all over again. Apple would be wise to spin off a section of iTunes into a Delicious Library-like app that stores and displays everything we buy and keep online.