'Horrible, Bloated' iTunes 11 Should Be Shot
Some like iTunes redesign, but Farhad Manjoo is deeply unhappy
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2012 11:26 AM CST
Apple's new iTunes 11 features a big re-design of the popular music player. But critics are deeply divided whether the latest version is any good.   (Apple.com)

(Newser) – People have been calling for Apple to radically redo iTunes for a while now, and Apple yesterday released iTunes 11, one of the biggest redesigns in the ubiquitous software's history. Ping—Apple's attempt at adding social networking to its media center—is gone. There's much more integration with Apple's iCloud. And the overall look is much cleaner. But is it enough to win the praise of the technorati elite? So far, so good, writes John Paczkowski in All Things D, declaring that, after an initial pass, "iTunes 11 looks like a pretty slick remodel of software that had been generally overburdened with unnecessary complexity."

It's that unnecessary complexity, in part, that has Farhad Manjoo writing choice lines like this—"each new upgrade brings more suckage into your computer—for Slate. He calls iTunes 11 a "bloated, horrible program" that's only getting slower and packed with more useless features. For Manjoo, the future is in cloud-based music services like Spotify, and the future is now. Software like iTunes, designed to hold your owned media on a single device, is becoming ancient history. And by just incrementally changing each version of iTunes, the whole package only gets more arcane and awkward, a facelift that hides the "rot" underneath. "The only way for Apple to fix it would be to throw it out and start all over again." Click for Manjoo's full column.

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Dec 28, 2012 2:07 PM CST
What a retarded article. First of all, Spotify isn't available in every country. And second: if you use Spotify and don't need iTunes, then why the f**k do you waste everyone's time writing about it?
Nov 30, 2012 8:32 PM CST
They just need to just separate the whole commercial and device syncing aspect of it from the music player. They still think of iPhones and iPads as if they were iPods. Well, they do so much more than the original iPod ever did that it no longer makes any sense to have iTunes taking care of all this. Or, you can just separate it yourself. That's why I use Vox for playing music. Can't get any simpler than Vox. I only open iTunes when I have to sync a device. I like apple hardware but I hardly use any of their software these days. My dock is filled with opens source stuff that I like much better, including virtualbox for virtualizing linux/ubuntu when needed.
Bill Inaz
Nov 30, 2012 6:51 PM CST
I know they're advanced products and work well and have used them off and on for over 20 years ( I bought my first "Power book 160" in 1990. But lately they've got to the point where you buy their stuff but never really feel like you own it. It's like they're just letting you use it so long as you do things their way. We were just shopping for new cell phones and considered the iPhone but after reading all the nonsense you go through we bought the new windows phone 8 system, you know, where you can put your own SD card in with your own stuff on it. What a concept.