What Apple Should Really Do: Make iTunes Suck Less
Chris O'Brien says aping Pandora isn't the way to go
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 7, 2012 10:39 AM CDT
Apple CEO Steve Jobs talks about the new iTunes at an Apple event in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – When news broke yesterday that Apple is trying to build a Pandora rival, Pandora investors panicked—but Chris O'Brien can't figure out why. "Like much 'news' about Apple, most of this is the vaguest of the vague," he writes at SiliconBeat, and even if something does come of it, Apple's track record in web services and the social realm isn't great. "Ping was flat out lame," and iTunes already has a radio feature—"Though I can't recall meeting any human who has used it."

Besides, a Pandora clone would be a distraction from what Apple really needs: A less crappy iTunes. "Once so revolutionary, iTunes seems dated now," O'Brien argues. "It has become large and slow." Spotify runs circles around it—it boots faster, runs smoother, and stores your music online. Yes, lots of people have iTunes installed, "but it just doesn't feel as vital anymore. It's become something to avoid. Time for a major overhaul." Click for O'Brien's full column.

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Sep 8, 2012 10:05 AM CDT
This sounds a little like that one Louis CK rant. I have every song I've ever liked or loved in my entire life on a gadget the size of a cigarette pack and I have to wait 9 SECONDS for the file to open! OMG. And that's not all, one time -- listen to this -- the battery died. Life is so unfair.
Sep 7, 2012 8:40 PM CDT
i use a program called copytrans - its freakin' awesome, i dont need itunes to access my music or my photos. it doesnt cost money per feature, but their music managing program is free. i broke my last laptop and thought i was screwed in getting my music off my ipod, but i paid $20 for this program and ripped it off of there. you dont have to be a slave to itunes! i think i downloaded it from cnet but im not sure. anyways id check it out if you dont like itunes (and i hate itunes)
Sep 7, 2012 7:31 PM CDT
The reason I will never be able to totally get away from ITunes is the same reason i'll never totally be able to get away from Steam. I've gotten content on there and i need their software to access the content i've paid for. at least Itunes now does most of the music drm free.