Yes, I’m taking another turn on the “I hate iTunes as writing inspiration wheel”. When this fucking thing stops coming up with new ways to piss me off, I’ll stop writing about it. Nobody forced you to come here.
Anybody who knows me knows that I don’t really give a shit about brand allegiance. I own smartphones of the iOS, Android, AND Windows Phone variety. I own and use about equally both a Mac and a Windows laptop. They’re each good at almost everything, and each are best at some few things, and I switch around them according to my mood and what’s most important to me at the moment.
iTunes is no longer defensible on any rational level. And it’s making me want to sell my iPhone 6+ and just use Android devices.
Why, oh why, does Apple sell a 128GB device (which no other credible smartphone maker does, almost all of them cap out at 32GB with a smattering of 64GB devices available as well) when their walled-garden’s sole approved software for managing that garden is literally and absolutely incapable of handling the job? iTunes BARELY worked with 8GB devices; it absolutely does fucking not work at all with 128GB devices.
I won’t bore you with the details, but let’s just say that a) I’m not technically illiterate so b) I’ve researched, Googled, opened tickets with iTunes support and yet c) I have an iPhone that:
- has not successfully synced music ever. Not once.
- Yet somehow has 80GB of storage being consumed by something called “Other”
- is therefore absolutely useless at the task I consider second only to keeping me in communication with others: giving me music on my hell commute
“but, smr, just get with the program and use Spotify”
FUCK. YOU. I have not spent the last 20 fucking years carefully buying and curating my collection of 80GB of music to throw it all out and have some streaming bullshit service try to guess at what I’d like to hear. And I like to just shuffle my collection; this way, there will be endless surprises, but it will ALSO be shit that I personally and specifically said “yes, I will want to hear this so here is my money let me own a copy of it” to at some point in the past.
In other words: I sometimes might wanna hear stuff from LA Guns first three albums. I will NEVER want to hear anything they’ve done since then. Spotify, Rdio, fuckin’ Sirius XM, whatever, can’t guarantee that I won’t, so they can go to hell.
None of the streaming services can do dick when it comes to offering me my extensive collection of bootlegs, either.
Every time Apple announces any sort of event, one of my first thoughts is, “Man, I hope they’re finally announcing a ground-up replacement for iTunes this time”. I’ve seriously had that thought going back to when they announced like iTunes 6, when it was already becoming a bloated, unusable piece of shit.
Beyond the whole syncing issue, even as a standalone media-playing app, it leaves a LOT to be desired. It’s UI, something that, in almost everything BUT iTunes Apple excels at, is a dog’s breakfast of half-baked ideas loosely jumbled together in order to serve eighteen different purposes that were all introduced at different points in time and were therefore jammed on top of what was originally just an app that played music.
I really, really hope there’s some sort of skunkworks team in Cupertino that’s working on a full-bore replacement app (or, properly, apps) for iTunes right now. Because it’s fucked, and I can’t use a device that cost $900 due to its fuckedness.