A Time to Kill iTunes
M.G. Siegler

It seems that most of the content-centric apps tend to evolve into some kind of bloatware eventually (from CD burners to media capturing to all sorts of players/viewers) — seemingly for this particular type of software product managers in charge just cannot resist “feature creep” for some reason unknown to me. And this is sad…

You are saying people keep iTunes for non cloud stuff (like they don’t know anything about cloud stuff) — yes I do use iTunes just because there is some content I created or recorded (like something for my language learning efforts) or content not available in all these stores and all I want to do is to put it on iDevice for offline accessibility. Enters iTunes — honestly this is the only thing I have I tunes for on Windows PCs, and two last times I tried to put my files on iPhone with this app — I was really angry/frustrated and wasted loads of time trying to figure out how to do that — that’s attempt by power user to say the least… My wife even does not want to try doing this…

I can say that apps such as Audible or TuneIn also evolve in some wrong direction adding irrelevant things and cluttering UI with irrelevant things… It almost looks like that owners of those apps do not understand that their main asset is content base and all that is needed is easy and simple UI to get to content which is relevant to me, and 2nd thing where you can add features is search & and organization of acquired content. E.g. Audible may become great for Language learners-they just need a few little improvements to add into search they have in their store and content catalog to become really compelling / must have for those who want to learn languages easily. Alas instead of doing this they adding some sort of podcasts/programs and cluttering their app for iPhone with that instead of doing the right thing.

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