I’ve covered this before, Apple annoys me. Yeah, they design wonderful looking products, but – at least in my experience – they compromise on functionality. Exhibit A on the problems several friends and I have had with our iPods.
If you’ll allow another rant, I have a real nit with the way iPod is set up to share music within the fair use guidelines of copyright protections.
So I finally got around to setting up my wife’s iPod over the weekend…this was a somewhat complicated task because I needed to transfer all of my music to her computer. Why couldn’t I simply attach my iPod to her computer, authorize her iTunes on my account and make it work that way? No, I had to transfer the files over our WiFi network. Fine.
So now our iPods are synched. But suppose she rips a new CD, or I buy a track or bigger collection from iTunes? Why isn’t iTunes software pre-configured to auto-synch between our computers. Seriously, when I get onto the home network why doesn’t my iTunes automatically seek other authorized iTunes accounts on the same network? It seems so simple. I’ve already set sharing permissions, our computers know each other and we work on the same, secured network….
Data synchronization is essential these days. Making things user friendly is what Apple’s supposed to be all about, right? Why can’t they make data synch a snap?
Sure I know how to do this manually, but my wife sure doesn’t want to learn how to do that. What happens when my sons are old enough for their own iPods, why can’t we all share our music? How does this violate fair use? We’re already restricted in the number of computers that can be authorized on a single account, I’ve got no qualm with that. I just want the sharing to be a no brainer, just done.
Frankly, this gets in the way of me buying new music because it means I’ve got to then get it synched, I’ve got to add a step…where’s the ease in that?