The Pit

Published on 13 July 2008 in , , ,

Anyone following my microblog updates yesterday may have noticed a certain anger with the trauma centre that is iTunes. I’ve never been a huge fan of iTunes, but after yesterday I now hate, loathe and despise it.

The detail I haven’t got the motivation to go into but lets leave it with these messages for Apple – switching to manual manage mode should not result in everything being removed from an iPod. That’s just dumb.

Oh and, for goodness sake, an iPod just an MP3 player. It doesn’t need iTunes. If someone wants to have the “rich” or the “easy” iPod experience, then they can plug it into iTunes.

But I’d put money on 75% of your users not caring about the “rich” experience. Good example? Microsoft Word. I rest my case. There is no justifiable reason to try and lock down iPods to iTunes, and there is no justifiable reason that iTunes shouldn’t be able to cope with tweaking an iPod that has been synced using another tool.

The sooner you get into that mindset, the sooner you’ll start making iTunes a better product.

Anyway, that’s enough of the product management principles, lets get back to yesterday evening for, after some time of thumbing my nice and study Ikea desk, and hurling abuse at inanimate objects that can’t fight back, the first thing that sprung to mind was a certain similarity on this occasion to one Homer Simpson and his attempts to make a barbeque pit…