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iTunes Sucks

http://live.pirillo.com/ – Chris has never really liked iTunes. While it has gotten marginally better over time, it just really isn’t as structured as it could be.

On Windows, iTunes is more of a hack or a shim than anything else: it looks and feels out of place, and doesn’t always play well with the operating system. Another problem is that iTunes is getting very bloated: it adds more Windows services now than it ever did in the past.

Matthew said someone in the chat room claimed that AAC was the iTunes format. It’s true that iTunes plays AAC and sells music with DRM in the AAC format, but AAC isn’t an iTunes-exclusive format.

QuickTime, iTunes, and RealPlayer all play AAC, an industry standard format. Windows Media Player, on the other hand, doesn’t play AAC, as Microsoft is trying to push its DRM format – WMA – on the industry.

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What is Podcasting?

http://live.pirillo.com/ – Chris has been recording media for amore than few years – longer than some people have even been online. Fast-forward a few years and Podcasting takes hold.

A podcast is not a media file; it's just a name for the method of delivery. Coincidentally, "podcasting" isn't related to the iPod. POD is actually an acronym for Publishing On Demand.

Most people use iTunes to fetch podcasts. You could also use some RSS readers to subscribe to a podcast.

Do you have any suggestions for automatically retrieving podcasts?

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Apple iPod and iTunes Opinions

http://live.pirillo.com/ – Ponzi loves her iPod and iTunes integration, but she also hates both the iPod and iTunes.

The iPod is a beautiful, sleek mp3 player. It’s simple, easy, and fun to use. The problem, though, is that the iPod gets scratched, and then it becomes an eyesore. Since it does get scratched you should keep the iPod in a protective case, but most cases are a pain to use all the time, don’t dock easily, and generally don’t look as good as the iPod itself.

On the software end, iTunes is easy to use and listen to music, and it has some great iPod integration. Of course, the problem is DRM: you can use the media you’ve purchased in a way you want to. You’re limited to using the songs on your iPod or within iTunes, but beyond that you can’t simply play it on a generic MP3 player.

What MP3 player and music service do you use?

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Apple iDontcare

From Thank Sucrets, a Steve Jobs fan site, comes news of a revolutionary service: Apple iDontcare. With this offering, users will finally be able to rent commercials through the iTunes Music store.

Instead of being forced to skip free commercials at home with a confusing remote control, iPod owners can now pay to borrow commercials and skip them with their friendly click wheel instead. This action has been heralded by experts as “a paradigm shiftâ€Â? in the way people are able to waste their money.

Apple has already filed a lawsuit against Thank Sucrets, claiming that Steve Jobs was deprived of the wind for his $90m yacht (due to the leak). iDontcare will continue to roll out at Apple’s WWDC, otherwise known as the “What Will Developers Chew?â€Â? conference.

Source: Apple
Domain: ThankSucrets.com

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MP4 Support in WMP11

Don’t count on MP4 playback out of the box in the next version of the Windows Media Player. I filed this “bug” a few months ago, but apparently not supporting MP4 (by default) in WMP11 is a feature: “Spend the money. Pre-install the codec. The PSP relies on it, the iPod relies on it, and Microsoft should have had its hands in one MP4 spec or another. Drop the political bullsh*t and just do it for the sake of your users who don’t know what’s going on.” Their response this morning was simple: “This is currently expected behavior.” Expected behavior? Language barrier. Perhaps Microsoft is hoping that more people install and use iTunes. I’m not sure why? Meanwhile, I’m looking at my iRiver Clix and wondering… why can’t it support the leading video format?