Monday, October 20, 2003



Globetechnology: "iTunes for Windows — Apple's hidden agenda

By Sandy McMurray
Special to Globe and Mail Update

Sandy McMurray is a Toronto-based writer, editor and consultant. His Web site is www.TechStuff.ca.

Apple Computer's music software, iTunes, is now available for Windows computers. Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced iTunes for Windows last week at a splashy media event that featured video chats with Bono, Dr. Dre and Mick Jagger, and a live performance by Sarah McLachlan."

I think Sandy has a little too much time on his hands. iTunes is not some kind of minority plot to subvert Windows users. I guarantee that such was the last thing on my mind as I signed up for the service last week, about a day after it went online. I was a whole lot more concerned about what music was offered and, after all is said and done, that's the important thing. Second in line are the prices which, while not the lowest, offer you much more value if you buy an entire album. The experience has made me think that either the other services are run by amateurs or by exceedingly greedy people (no, I'm NOT going to mention Rhapsody by name).

The iTunes user interface is fairly clean and attractive. One would expect that of an Apple app. But there are others out there that are as good. It really doesn't make me want to run right out and buy a Mac. Sorry, Sandy.

Nope, the bottom line is the huge music catalog, reasonable pricing, a good player, AND ==> a reasonable EULA. Take note of that, the rest of you! If you have to tie your users' hands with a horrible usage policy, then just give it up and go back to selling Super Fantastic Roto-Razor Zipmasters or some such...

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