Legacy of Sonora

Now that Sonora is no longer one of the most popular music players in the world of OS X devices, it is safe to look back on what was a very impactful legacy. Here, we will break down what people thought of Sonora, as well as what impacts it had on the rest of the world of digital music players. Needless to say, there are a lot of positive memories of Sonora.

Perhaps the most important element of the legacy of Sonora is the fact that other music players adopted plenty of the ideas that went into making Sonora as popular as it was in the first place. One of the major areas where other music players ended up copying Sonora was in the fact that so many now use album art to let users scroll through their music to find what they want to play. This one in particular is especially true of iTunes.

Before Sonora, iTunes looked like a spreadsheet app more than it looked like a music app. Users could see a bunch of text about the music that was in their catalog, and not much else. The fun, interesting iTunes that people think of today was not there at this time. In fact, iTunes was kind of boring looking. That is, until they utilized one of the best things about Sonora, the integration of album art into the music playing process.

Elsewhere, other music players began taking Sonora's approach to queueing music up, which made for a more simplistic version of playlisting, where instead of having to create an entirely separate playlist to access certain songs from your catalog, you simply had to choose the few songs that you wanted to queue up, and they would play for you.

Outside of the different elements of Sonora that other music players took and made into their own, there are plenty of other things to remember about Sonora. The free, open source model made it possible for people to make modifications to the program of their own, which was not common for music players at the time, as most of them were controlled by the companies who made the computers they were installed on.

Overall, the legacy of Sonora was that the app was a lot of fun to use, and that it brought a lot of progress into the world of digital music players, most of which is still in use today.