May 09, 2011, 10:15 AM — The bane of any iDevice user's existence is Apple's barely usable iTunes software.
Not only is iTunes slow, bloated, and generally clunky--especially on Windows PCs--but it requires constant updates and maintenance, and it regularly freezes and crashes.
Let's take a look at ten reasons why iTunes is annoying.
I'm sick of opening iTunes and getting the prompt, "A new version of iTunes (220.127.116.11.4.1.5) is available. Would you like to download it now?" Normally, frequent updates are a good thing (in one sense, anyway): They show that the software maker is tweaking the software to make it the best that it can be. But each iTunes "update" requires you to download the entire program--not just a patch--and then restart everything.
For the 4,582,390th Time, I Don't Want Safari
Maybe I could get on board with the constant iTunes updates if Apple didn't try to push its Safari Web browser and its outdated MobileMe software on me with every update. It was cute the first time, but after 2000 updates? Plus--like Adobe with its free toolbar offers--Apple sneakily automatically checks the downloads, so you have to uncheck them manually if you don't want the software.
iTunes Is Clunky
iTunes is clunky and slow, especially on PCs. Opening iTunes immediately slows down all of my other processes and ramps up my CPU usage to 50%. Also, iTunes crashes about once every hour. And trying to do anything in iTunes--even play a song or make a playlist--while you're importing music or updating an iDevice takes forever.
You Can't Sync an iDevice With Two Libraries
Sure, I get that Apple is trying to cut down on piracy and whatnot with the whole "only sync with one library," but what if I have more than one computer? Then it's all my music, but I can put only half of it on my iPod. Unless, of course, I use Home Sharing to transfer my music from one computer to the other. The only problem with this is that...