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iTunes Blows Too

Sat Sep 18, 2010, 9:09 AM

I recently wrote about how the Mac dock bugs me and a some people seemed to agree.  Now I have a beef with iTunes.  You know what, iTunes just plain sucks.  When you see past the sexy interface and quality skins and get down to managing a large digital library, it falls completely apart.  I hate to say it too considering I have about 40 gig of music, videos and apps in my library.  It's painfully slow, always buggy, and ridiculously awkward if you're a serious digital collector and have a lot of digital detritus to manage.  I've been toting my incredibly bloated iTunes library around with me across multiple desktops, laptops and external drives now for almost a decade.  Pods and phones and pads have come and gone yet iTunes lives on, unstable and slow.  You'd think someone would come up with a serious replacement by now, something that could connect to the store and authenticate devices as well as manage a robust library and intuitively play a party mix now and then.  But no, we get some great player control extensions like Bowtie, Ecoute and Coversutra but nothing that would let me once and for all delete iTunes and actually use my music the way I want to.  The more I use it and the more I try to do with iTunes, the more I come to hate it.  Just applying album art work takes a digital eternity these days.  And heavens forbid you want to use your old 3G iPhone along side your new iPhone4 or keep your 6 old iPods going after syncing your brand new Nano for the first time.  Ok so maybe I am exaggerating (just a little) but every upgrade does make my life worse and not better.  I blame Apple and their creeping new Machiavellian policies.  AAPL, in their newfound market dominance, has decided that the community-based and elegantly efficient product roots that pumped their stock up to a high of almost $280 a share were a fluke and a more Microsoft-like heavy DRM hand is in order.  Big mistake.  Apple needs to open back up to their core segment and return to their stance of the past.  For what they spent on launching Ping, which I really don't get yet, they could have fixed everything that's wrong with OSX, iTunes, the iPhone, iPod and the iPad.  But locking everything down and everyone out is not the right road.

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ostmspr Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
if foobar were available for Mac i don't think iTunes would have any users at all.
Psygo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You have just stumbles upon two of the biggest problems with OS X. The Dock and iTunes. You can always use SongBird. In many ways it's better and has the support for iDevices. As for that last part of your part, you have to understand that Apple doesn't do anything for their fans.
mattyhype Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011   General Artist
Couldn't have said it better myself.
I've been searching for a replacement for 2+ years now–Songbird, Play, a clumsy port of Foobar(!) and nothing really can manage a terabyte of music… iTunes can barely do it and that tells you how poor the competition is!
xkit Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Apple doesn't think I should be able to sync my iPod on Linux.
the-secret-monkey Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Yeha, they need to make some sort of sleeker, better, just more easier version. Jeezus Apple, you're supposed to just work!
bogo-d Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
iTunes is terrible.

Unfortunately there's still no real replacement for it.
hotiron Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yep, I wish I had some serious choices.
Kazaam-X Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
As a mac user with 8 years of experience i can definitely agree with (pretty much) everything you just wrote here (including your earlier post about the dock).
Apple isn't what it used to be - that's a fact, a very sad one but true one. The company tends to think about plain profit more and more these days, forgetting about what's made it really great - phenomenal usability and friendly unified user interface.
iTunes has always been a pain in the a$$ for me. And unfortunately it still is, being changed and tweaked hundreds of times over the last 5 years. IMO, it's way too overloaded with (often useless) featured and still lacks cocoa support, which i had hoped would appear in the new version X. I think it's the most unstable and buggy (native apple) application on the mac.
I also have a very large media library, about 30 GB of music + a few hundred gigabytes of movies. And it's very difficult to keep it all in order and prevent media crashes.
Apple's new policies toward its users, their "innovations" along with constant improvements and refinements have really been getting on my nerves for a year or two now. And it only gets worse with each release, with each leap forward. Seems like folks at apple just don't care about mac os anymore, concentrating all their available resources on iOS and portable devices instead, because it's more profitable. Though those devices still don't work on their own and require iTunes to be synced with and updated by.
I just hope that i'm being mistaken and apple still gonna introduce something big with with the os 10.7 release. But you just can't ignore the fact that the new look of iTunes is hideous!
Cheers, mate.
hotiron Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Amen, pretty much exactly how I feel about iTunes and where they're going as a company.
Kazaam-X Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
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