Can Apple make a Windows program that plays nice with Windows?
When Apple first ported iTunes to Windows in late 2003, I was quickly annoyed by all its heavy-handed, Mac-centric quirks. Its brushed steel borders were no worse than the awkward skins of Windows Media Player or WinAmp, but I personally suffered from a catastrophically nasty bug: if iTunes was running when I inserted a CD, my HP laptop would instantly reboot. There is no excuse for a music player to wreak that kind of havok on my computer. I bailed Windows before Apple became even more invasive, porting their Software Update to Windows to oversee all of their PC offerings.
What was my solution to Apple’s bad behavior? I bought a Mac. That isn’t good parenting.
I figured more than three years of Windows experience would teach Apple how to play by the rules. Instead, their iTunes behavior is worse than ever:
Apple Inc. is warning users of its iTunes software about compatibility problems with Microsoft Corp.’s new operating system and has recommended against a switch to Windows Vista until a fix is complete.
What is Apple’s own solution to their all-new bad behavior? Don’t buy Vista! There’s no excuse for this: it’s past time for iTunes on Windows to grow up.
Looking at Apple’s list of specific problems reveals that iTunes Music Store DRM may not work, iPod syncing will not work correctly, and:
Ejecting an iPod from the Windows System Tray using the “Safely Remove Hardware” feature may corrupt your iPod.
Orwellian computer commands! Now that’s the Microsoft way.
There are so many other reasons not to buy Vista. Shame on Apple for adding to the list.