iTunes sucks? – iThink Not!
I was floating arond the internet recently and I came across a few references to the fact that iTunes sucks. Apparently it’s not functional and hogs system resourses. I got a nano not too long ago, and I got around to using iTunes a lot, and I love it. These posts though, alarmed me. Maybe I’m missing something? So I’m going on a bit of a hunt to find which one is better for me, and maybe help out someone who is misleaded. Mislead. Whatever.
One of the blogs mentioned that iTunes hogs system memory. I decided to check this out. Result – colour me impressed, iTunes uses twice as much! Wow, my bad! Of course, I can bet on the fact that WinAmp will use even less.
WMP has a whole cr@pload of functions built in there to … confuse everybody. iTunes does not. Of course, iTunes completely lacks the ability to play any video except mpeg, but after all, iTunes is for yourTunes. WMP is a winner in the amount of functions it has, but I only use about 10 percent of those, and iTunes is by far easier to use. WMP supports more formats, I will give it that, but iTunes supports the one important one – mp3. Ease of use – iTunes. And it still has all the important function like ripping.
WMP tries to incorporate some music stores, but let’s face it – iTunes is just better. We all know it. And the style – iTunes wins here. You can mess with Apple when it comes to style! Then of course there are smart playlists – I love those. You can make iTunes play songs that are rated more than 4 stars and have not been heard in the past 2 days. My music library is not so big – this is a lifesaver!
iPod/Zen Micro support. I really don’t know! You tell me. I love my iPod though.
iTunes has a function called Party Shuffle. I abuse this! It takes songs at random and playes them. Shuffle? Yes. But no. You can actually see the next 10-100 songs that are coming and the last 5-100 songs that played. Awesome? I think so!
Where iTunes loses though – is album art. WMP finds ID3 tags from AllMusic, which is pretty reliable (although it screwed my Bon Jovi album like there’s no tomorrow) and it gets album art easily. iTunes – unless you buy it from the store, this is a horrible hassle.
One thing that surprised me though – both players work well with the MSN pluging – in fact, iTunes works even better! This just freaked me out. The now playing function of MSN was supposed to only work with WMP, but iTunes does the job amazingly.
I think this is it for now actually. I still think that iTunes is the music software of my choice, I will use WMP for movies. Hope this helped someone out.
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