A Windows User's iTunes Experience

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Nermal, Oct 31, 2003.

  1. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Here is a copy of a chat I had with a friend. He needed QuickTime, and thought Apple was forcing him to get iTunes too.

    So there you have it. Comments, anyone?
  2. Stike macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2002
    He didn´t sound like the smartest person on earth anyway... all those background processes are not a problem. Look at other Windows processes, and OS X processes. Who cares...?
  3. dragula53 macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2003

    I am macintosh zealot... but...

    I just tried that too

    quicktime downloads itunes.

    not sure if it is that way intentionally or what

    blah blah
  4. JackRipper macrumors regular


    May 14, 2002
    South Carolina

    When I was surfing the QuickTime Trailers on the Apple site it told me that there was an update to QuickTime and asked if I wanted to install it. Since I'm on a T1 I thought why not?

    Sure enough it sent me the iTunes and QuickTime combo. I hadn't installed iTunes on this PC since I don't have many mp3's ( work PC, of course ).

    The guys is wrong about it forcing you to change file type owners, though.... Most people that install windows programs just 'Next through' the whole thing, ignoring options. It asked me...

    That guy is gay.
  5. FightTheFuture macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2003
    that town east of ann arbor
    Re: Well....

    windows media player, during setup, asks which formats to affiliate itself with. its buried under many other options that users may want to just 'next through'. whereas itunes during setup, has one screen that asks which formats to accept. its not a confusing option.

    but it is a bit intrusive for apple to simply pack both into one download. everyone should be concerned of where they put their email address, and what they select for download options when they choose to download anything. especially with all the spam problems. but i don't know how much easier it can get from just picking which one you want:
  6. e-coli macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2002
    QuickTime for the PC is a piece of crap. And it does screw up your file associations. It's really annoying.

    In part, I know what he's talking about.
  7. MorganX macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2003
    It does what every other PC media player does. It associates files it can playback with itself. And like all you have the option not to make these associations.

    And better than most PC programs, during the setup of Quicktime, it stops, and asks you if you want to accept the associations or change them. In fact, it categorizes them by type if you choose to change them making it very easy to only associate Quicktime and Mac file types and leave the others untouched.

    PC apps should handle this as gracefully.
  8. ebow macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2001
    Trapped in a world before later on
    I've read over and over that QuickTime for Windows is junk, crappy, terrible, etc... Is all people are talking about the file association thing? I don't get it: they have one of the most detailed yet easy to use File Type Association pickers that I've seen for a media player. It's available both thru the QuickTime player's Edit menu, and the QuickTime control panel.

    Are people upset about the nag screen asking you to buy QuickTime Pro? We have to cope with that on the Mac, and people aren't calling the entire app junk because of it. On either platform, just set your clock ahead about 20 years, open QuickTime, quit QT, and set your clock back. It will never bother you again.

    Are people upset about the quality of playback? I've played .mov and .mpg files thru QuickTime for Windows and never had significant cause to complain. Then again, I do most of that stuff on my Mac, most of the time, but still, I've been using QT/Windows for a long time as well...

    Anyway, your friend sounds pretty dense... as in stubborn, like the way my brother (Wintel fan) is stubborn in not even trying to think things thru when he expects Apple software to be problematic. Except for Apple's dumb move of defaulting to an iTunes/QT combo download, PEBKAC, I'd say.
  9. Chealion macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2003
    Calgary, Alberta
    Hmm... RTFM? Or rather Read the Page and the instructions, and if you didn't, don't complain.

    Its like not voting and then complaining about the government. If you didn't choose who, you shouldn't have the right to criticize.

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