Indeed as time trickles by iTunes seems less and less an audio player and more a selling platform (Tv shows, audio tracks, movies, books)
Besides, the iTunes Store, with it's easy access to music, books etc, is one of the big assets for iTunes. The awkwardness of other online music stores is a problem.
For audio only on a Mac there are a couple or excellent alternatives. Vox and Play.
I will not pay money to a company with an overlord who wants to dictate every aspect of my digital life.
If you knew anything about Apple products and policy, you'd know that those kind of tabloid picture don't reflect reality.
As a Mac user in private life and occasional Windows user in professional contexts, I can assure you that Microsoft force more limitations on Windows users than Apple do on Mac users.
I don't read tabloids- however, I have been reading tech news for over 30 years. Have you ever read their "app store" policy?
Apple will tell you that unauthorized use of their products is illegal. But so will any large US corporation. And very much unlike Microsoft (which is the corporation most computer users have to rely on), Apple will tell you this once, in a general statement — not with pop-up boxes that will have to be unchecked every time you try to do something that's not officially supported on your computer.
I personally prefer buying CD's, but what is so hard and awkward about clicking a couple of links in a browser (plus there are a few music managers with plugins for online stores)? No offense to anyone, I really dislike "walled garden" ecosystems- I will not pay money to a company with an overlord who wants to dictate every aspect of my digital life. I have no intentions of becoming an iSurf.
The awkwardness of other online music stores is a problem.
I am not trying to be an ass but there are many companies out there who want to control your digital life whether it be a cable company, ISP, cellphone provider, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Mozilla, etc. Every single record company out there, even the ones for independent artists, want to control the media you consume and thus your digital life.
Should only be a problem for people who cannot handle download dialogs and who don't know what files, directories and folders are.
I simply don't care to use half an hour on downloading, un-zipping, perhaps converting, and in any case organizing — when buying, organizing and playing music from the iTunes Store is a matter of one mouse click, and a few seconds.
It's decades since you needed to be, or employ a mechanic to own a car. With computers we're still not quite there. But with software like iTunes, we're approaching that ideal.
For those using Windows it installs system-level drivers. Its installation includes at least 4 separate programs (beating your Amazon comparison by one).
iTunesQuicktimeBonjourApple UpdateThen there are at least two others that deal with hardware devices such as the iPods and iPhones.
3. Do you want to be superior to people who, like, buy amplifiers in a furniture store? Shun it like the plague.4. Do you run Linux? See if you can get iTunes running under WINE, and then complain about what a resource hog it is.
I certainly know what that is — I've used computers for 25 years, and have written about them for 10.
But so does Photoshop and other graphic apps, video editing software etc.
And no, iTunes does not change filenames to gibberish.
That iTunes is demanding on computer resources is a myth.
These pieces of Apple technology are simply 'industry standards' in multimedia.
iTunes offers one seamless solution for buying sound and AV files,
and copying them between devices such as portable players.
iTunes lacks support for FLAC and MKV. This might be because these formats are not properly standarized (that's the official explanation)
— or because they're primarily used for illegal copying.