The Monopoly That is Apple

EDIT: Apparently my mom can’t figure out how to update her IPod without my explicit help. So I suppose I should take back the whole monkey comment…. nope.

Bah. Who lets Apple get away with the complete and utter CRAP they are pulling as far as iTunes/iPods goes? Its ridiculous. Most of the products are so dumbed down that a *brain dead monkey* could use them; with the little implication that when someone whose mental capacity is slightly higher (more at regular monkey level) attempts to use the stuff they can’t escape the mind-numbing simplicity of automatic updates and the like. My specific complaints are as follows:

  1. I have 200ish songs on my iPod. Out of that 200, I bought 50 from iTunes, had 100 on CDs, and got 50 from other people who had also bought them on iTunes. You would think that I could then move all these songs onto my computer at once, but *no*, we have to be special. First of all, you can’t import songs that you didn’t buy off of iTunes. Why not? It isn’t like they have any personal stake in the matter anymore. I didn’t buy it from them, and I’m not even doing anything illegal. Second, I can’t transfer the songs that were bought off of iTunes until I authorize the computer, but instead of being handy and telling me which accounts need authorization, it just leaves me guessing with messages like ” ‘You Don’t Know My Name’ and other songs could not be transfered because this computer is not authorized”. Well gee. “other songs”. Reeeal descriptive.
  2. I sent an email to tech support asking if a separate operating systems installed on the same computer counted as different computer ‘authorizations’. They reply Yes. For your convenience we have automatically deauthorized all computers attached to this account… Did I *ask* for you to deauthorize all my computers? No. I didn’t. I asked a question. Yet now, thanks to tech support, I have to deal with reauthorizing all the other computers, some of which I don’t have physical access to, and I really dont feel comfortable randomly sending out my password. But thanks for saving me all of 2 mouse clicks to deauthorize my computer iTunes. Thanks.
  3. All the songs you buy are in Mp4 format. What the hell is an Mp4?! Mp3 not good enough for you punk? I know it’s easy enough to switch the format… but really. Mp4? Seriously?
  4. You have to go through all kinds of random menus to make your iPod function as an external hardrive. Why? Its essentially just storage no matter what; why should I have to navigate through random menus and various strange steps to do something that really should be automatic?
  5. It always downloads 4 podcasts at a time when I update. Excuse me, my computer really can’t handle 4 separate downloads at the same time. Please stop it. The thing is, I can’t stop it because it’s so busy not responding due to the massive amount of data being transfered because of, guess what? The podcasts.
  6. The whole lowercase ‘i’ just pisses me off. ’nuff said.

Beware, this list may be updated throughout the day as I discover new ways iTunes irritates me. Excuse me as I go attempt to find a good iTunes substitute.

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