I think there is some kind of library or something that you need to install that will let your apps access the iPhone filesystem. I think its called libimobiledevice or something like that. Its reversed engineered so things don’t always work as they should. I know my iPod used to have some weird syncing issues.
I think Steve had the App Store in his side pocket all along, it just wasn’t ready and what better way to hype the product after the initial release hype than to announce the App Store, just in time for the second gen device release. Steve was a showman after all. He loved the reveal.
Perhaps they don’t care about Windows? I know that sounds harsh but Apple can deliver a subpar product with little effort to Windows and still have users using their software. Just like MS can deliver a subpar version of Office for Macs and people will still buy it. At least iTunes is free what’s Microsoft’s excuse?
I’m not bashing MS, I’m just saying each company has their own priorities and how they want to spend resources on those priorities. Its sucks but its the way it is. I’m sure if something came close to dethroning iTunes, Apple would get their ass in gear. Though in retrospect they may just move on to something else. Apple doesn’t like to compete, they like to dominate.
I thought you needed Quicktime to play movies and tv shows in iTunes? I can understand that if you only listen to music that can be annoying but I think its there for a reason. Now Safari was another story entirely.
I remember the same thing happening when the IPad was rumored to be announced. All these OEMs started scrambling to release what they thought would be Apple’s version of a tablet (basically what MS had been pushing for years as a tablet). When Apple finally showed the iPad they were all going in the wrong direction. It was hilarious.
The funniest thing is that only about 10% of those products shown even made it to the market, including Microsofts own dual screen wonder (forgot the name, was it surface as well?) which got axed shortly after.
Hell when Samsung heard that Apple was thinking about going into the TV business they scrambled with their smart tvs and have basically thrown everything but the kitchen sink into those tvs. If Apple does get into the TV business, I think Samsung will find that they are going in the wrong direction again.
I think they are talking about syncing music the old fashion way (drag and dropping music into folders). I think what they are getting at is that they can’t go back to just dragging and dropping music into folders since iTunes playlist has become essential to how they sync their music.
A lot of arguments against iTunes are like this. “I just want to drag and drop music to my device. Why do I need iTunes?” The answer is that when you have a 500GB library (like I do) managing that much stuff without a database and some advanced way of accessing, organizing and tagging that data, the task is almost impossible unless you plan to spend all of your time doing this.
This is the real reason (imo) iTunes was so loved back in the days. Syncing playlists, creating smart playlists, genius mixes, etc. All of that really makes music management a breeze. Even though Itunes could use an overhaul (at least for windows) in-terms of performance its very good at managing music and I frankly haven’t found anything else that does it as well.