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This is a screen shot of the Phulki Media Player. I love Phulki. Be it parties at home or listening to some good music at work, I use it quite a lot. However, in the player above, one small UI issue caught my eye. Look closely at the play list control buttons at the top: . The first button is for repeating the songs, and the second one is for shuffling the songs. Quite standard for media players. However, look closely at the buttons, you will find that the first button is slightly ‘grayed out’ compared to the other. Usually greying out is associated with disabled or turned off capabilities. However, in this case, I have enabled song repetition! If I disable it, here is how it appears: . Now you can see that the button is back to it’s original color. This is confusing, at least to me. The grayed out version of the button conveys to the user that the feature is OFF when it is actually ON. Compare this to the daddy of all media players – iTunes: . The glowing icons in iTunes suggest to the user that the feature is ON.