I hate iTunes
December 5, 2010 7 Comments
I hate iTunes. Not because I have paranoid fantasies about Steve Jobs and the way he unfairly gets all this really good press, (“all Apple does is consistenly releasing excellent devices that everyone likes, what’s so great about that? Ptui!”)
I hate it because it has so many good qualities, combined with so many bad. The good ones are the good qualities of all Apple products. It’s simple and obvious to use iTunes in a lot of powerful ways. The bad ones are the bad qualities of all old, bloated software products. Like the way you click, and five seconds later something happens. Maybe. Or the way once a track has been added, it can’t ever be deleted, even if you delete the file.
But finding a replacement isn’t easy either. I’ve tested a few. They have none of iTunes’ bad qualities, but also very few of its good ones. For instance, there’s MediaMonkey, which was obviously designed by a bunch of programmers who wanted to cram every single feature anyone could ever want into the UI. And you can extend it in any way you want. Translated, this means that if there is a feature you miss from iTunes, you’ll have to scour the MediaMonkey forums for an addon, then write your own SQL code to customize it.
I’ll stick with iTunes. For now. But I advise Apple to outsource iTunes to someone who has experience with cleaning up old bloated software. Like, say .. the Office team at Microsoft?