iTunes: Time to right the syncing ship
Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:43 AM
Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:44 AM
Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:47 AM
iTunes sync is decidedly un-Apple-like, and is a throwback to the "digital hub" era that Apple is trying to get past. I think Apple needs to change a few things to make them easier:
-Stop trying to sync apps automatically - just use iCloud.
-Have free app updates download and install automatically like on Android.
-Make an official Apple Mac and Windows desktop application for the sole purpose of copying PDFs and documents to iBooks and iWork (not all of us can use iCloud because of enterprise restriction issues).
Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:49 AM
Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:56 AM
That iTunes needs an overhaul I completely agree with, but if too much moves to the cloud without other alternatives, many around the world will be... left out.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:57 AM
They seem to have abandoned media organization as one of its core functions because you can't commoditize it, so we are left with hacks to get media tagged and organized properly, or not. I understand much of this is due to the limitations of the ID3 spec, but they already tack on plenty of iTunes specific metadata (play count, rating, skip when shuffling, start-stop time, etc.) that's stored in the library, so why not extend it further. Or better yet, lobby to extend the ID3 spec.
I'm talking about metadata like multiple genres (no one song or movie can be pigeon-holed into one genre, and when I sort by genre it'd be nice if all the relevant content showed up). And what about explicit tags? Shouldn't I be allowed to decide if a song qualifies as "explict" by my own standards and judgement, and change it one way or the other, and filter playlists and parental controls based on it?
OK, I'm off topic and creating an iTunes wants list (which, yes, I have already submitted these feature requests to Apple). However, my original point, and the point of this article still stand. Apple has turned iTunes into a monster of an app that has little to do with its core functions, and more to do with getting us to buy more through the store. I understand this is a sound business model, but all of this extra crap baggage has sent me looking for iTunes alternatives many times. If only a real contender existed... or if as Jason suggests, Apple would just clean up and "fix" the mess that is iTunes.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:08 AM
Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:11 AM
Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:11 AM
The default behavior should not be to globally sync apps, playlists and media the first time you plug it in.
It also needs a simple way to convert an "album" into a "playlist" automagically.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:22 AM
I know there is some 'magic' behind all of these things, because it works for me (sometimes with workarounds), but it simply needs a better collective interface.
Oh, and we need to be able to combine iTunes accounts for families. Period.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:26 AM
I saw this coming when I first heard about syncing. I have worked with software that creates its own backup to prevent accidental deletion. The problem is that it also prevents desired deletion.
My point is that this is a System wide problem, not merely a iTunes problem.