Adventures in the Lone Star State

Apple Computer

Summary: Why I hate (and love) Apple Computer.

I’m in the process of putting all my CDs into my iTunes library. Why you may ask? I actually have several of these CDs in my iTunes library, but since I reformatted my laptop a couple of weeks ago, I haven’t put them back on. My primary reason for doing so is to not limit myself to only using iTunes. I want to try out Windows Media Player (WMP) 11. I actually downloaded it the first day (hey, I’m a techie–I generally download things the first day they’re out, if not before). However, since my iTunes library is full of AAC files.

The problem with AAC files is that WMP can’t natively play these files. You have to use a third-party decoder; however, I do not want to have to install another piece of software in order to access a huge chunk of my library. While AAC may be better (size-quality ratio), I am planning on getting a Palm Treo 700wx in the near future and I want to be able to have music tones. However, the phone (and almost any other device) doesn’t support AAC files. That’s the biggest reason for switching over. My iPaq PDA also can’t play AAC files. So, I just have gotten tired of being constrained by Apple. Since iTunes 7 came out, I’ve come to dislike some of its features. For example, I’ve been organizing my TV shows on it and sometimes it takes up to a minute to update the XML tag. That’s way too long! I don’t know what the problem is.

Another thing that I dislike about Apple is its support. You almost get no support with the company. I’ve never had to use it (I don’t own an Mac), but you have to pay for it! I’ve called Dell support on various occasions and I’ve never had to pay a dime for it. What triggered this remark is iTunes’ MiniStore. I decided to turn it on, thinking that I could quickly turn it off. However, there is no “off” button. I did find a “Hide MiniStore” feature. I went ahead and hid it, but I was still wondering if this truly turned the MiniStore off. Now, this is a really old topic since many sites have complained about this same thing, but why hasn’t Apple done anything about it? After all, the issue was brought up in an iTunes 6.x update. We’re now to v. 7.0.2.16. It should read “off” not “hide.” The two words don’t mean the same thing.

While there are several things that I dislike about Apple, I still want to own one of their iMacs or MacBook Pros. Since I already own three computers (w/ a tablet PC on the way), I can’t justify getting another computer. In fact, if you’re in need of an old PC, I have one that’s only gonna cost you $25.

January 4th, 2007 at 11:28 pm


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