iTunes is Apple's entrance into this world of organized intent to commit theft, coming with numerous user restrictions to protect their (you would say: "f*cking") business.
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How about re-reading this thread then?Imagine e. g. Amazon would announce a new software on HA to play and organize your music. Installer size = 71,4 MB (foobar = 3,1 MB). After an installation several services would run permanently in the background, even when the software isn't used. Amazon would tell you: we are selling portable media players too, but you can't use them without installing our software. Imagine the main purpose of this software would be to analyze your taste in music and to animate you to buy new music in Amazon's online music store. I am pretty sure that this software wouldn't meet anybody's 'enthusiastic' approval.Indeed you seem to have "no f*cking clue" what the criticism here is about (you call it disparagingly "whining").
Apple's (and others) music stores are gigantic licences to print money, money which the music industry gets while the artists are fobbed off with a few cents.iTunes is Apple's entrance into this world of organized intent to commit theft, coming with numerous user restrictions to protect their (you would say: "f*cking") business.
I don't quite believe that. You surely must have a library in the TB-range!?
Bloat, also, seems more of an aesthetic consideration than a technical one, now that 1 TB of disk costs about the same as a dinner for two, and 1 GB of RAM about the same as hamburgers for two. Starting a lot of extraneous processes would be a downer, if you were doing a lot of stuff and didn't have many cores, to be sure; which is one of the reasons why it ain't the best on Windows. But how much of the antipathy is criticism of the application of a verifiable kind (TOS 8 and all that), and how much is ideological objection?
ITunes doesn't compel you buy an iPod, it's the opposite.
I wasn't really commenting about the financial/ethical side of this discussion, only about performance, and the notion that iTunes is ridiculously slower than foobar2000. Kinda thought that was implicit in my (bombastic) statement.
"licenses to print money"? Duh! That explains the *incredible financial success* of Rhapsody, Napster v2, Zune Marketplace, BuyMusic, imeem, and, last but not least, EVERY MAJOR LABEL.
If Apple is printing money with the iTMS, it is because they have been among the very few to solve a tremendously difficult financial problem - of how to make money on what is now DRM-free digital intellectual property while respecting IP rights up to the letter of the law - and they deserve every penny for doing so.
Anyway, when I mentioned quicktime hijacking the browser it wasn't just a simple file type hijack. It's been happening with Firefox and the hijack didn't even listen to FF's options for opening files. This had been happening for years (from googling). It seems to have been fixed with a recent build of quicktime though, or maybe with FF 3.6.9.
I had ditch iTunes due to poor performance on Windows. Is it worth me having another look?
Am I missing something?
Windows users (perhaps Mac users too, IDK) are also treated to a layer of system-level garbage so that the program can provide us with marginal ripping capability. Am I missing something?