December 05, 2004

iTunes is EVIL

Ok, here's the deal:

It installs Quicktime, and there is no way to stop it. Quicktime is evil (of this there can be no doubt – any program that is THAT hard to stop running on Windows startup MUST be evil).

It creates an iPod folder in the Program Files directory. I'm sorry? Just because I'm using iTunes doesn't mean i own an iPod. Surely you could have consulted me about this before creating it? Some simple install options would have been nice.

It's default music storing directory is in My Documents\My Music\iTunes. I didn't ask for this. In fact, I didn't even install iTunes on the same DRIVE as this.

It makes itself the default player for music without asking you. Since when is that polite?

When I uninstalled Quicktime (straight after iTunes install finished), iTunes wouldn't run. Thankfully Quicktime Alternative (a lovely lovely codec that allows you to play Quicktime media without having to HAVE Quicktime) fixes this problem. (After a reinstall – as Quicktime killed THAT when I uninstalled it.)

It automatically creates a quicklaunch icon, and appears on the taskbar when active. No. Go away.

And the crowning glory? IT DOESN'T HAVE A STOP BUTTON!

Now, most of these annoyances can be fixed in a few minutes by fiddling with the preferences, but that's not the point. The point is it's nice to be consulted about these things first.
So why am I using it? One reason and one reason only. Converting .m4a files to .mp3. More evilness…
(I know, there are free programs that do this, but I've used every one I can find till passed its free trail period).
I've heard various rumours about general badness about the file naming and library system too, but I won't worry about them because I use MusicMatch for that, and it is clearly superior.

- 5 comments by 1 or more people Not publicly viewable

  1. Wayne

    Even if you change the iTunes Music Folder Location in Advanced preferences (ver 4.7), iTunes STILL creates the My Music folder under My Documents.

    I hate Apple.

    31 Dec 2004, 18:01

  2. steve

    No stop button? What are you talking about? While you are in the same source (library, playlist, etc) the default action is to pause, but if you change your source (from library to playlist for example), you have the option to Stop.

    I have used both Music Match and iTunes, and prefer iTunes. Not because I hate Music Match, but because iTunes meets my needs better. That doesn't make Music Match evil, which is essentially what you are saying about iTunes.

    Plus, both iTunes and QuickTime have preferences that can be set so that your personal annoyances (such as icons in the system tray) can be eliminated. Just because the default options do not match your needs does not make them evil.

    17 Feb 2005, 20:08

  3. Whoa! Someone taking this entry rather too seriously I feel. unless you are a spokesman for Apple I suggest you lighten up.

    17 Feb 2005, 20:58

  4. Joey

    iTunes is in fact evil, i completely agree. Even after fixing this "annoyances", there is no way to stop the ipod service, and if you delete it, it suddenly reappears brand new! I have, wiat, HAD about 4000 songs, but after using itunes to convert them to mp3 format, half of them lost their info, and were no longer recognized by windows even after re-converting them. I had to uninstall itunes and convert them all back using dbPowerAmp. iTunes was meant for Apple, so a Windows edition only means one thing, itunes is evil and trying to take over the OS's

    05 Apr 2005, 18:37

  5. \o/

    05 Apr 2005, 20:31

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