iPhone great. iTunes shit. Or at least that’s how iTunes seems to have been designed, to make the great iPhone experience miserable. I’ve started using a new laptop. It’s not unreasonable is it Mr Jobs to at some point to replace my old laptop with new laptop, Steve?
So why is it such a miserable experience filled with fear, trying to then connect my iPhone to iTunes on a new laptop? Why did I live in fear for weeks, with connecting my iPhone to a new laptop and risk losing all my data? Why does iTunes run so pathetically slow on XP?
Why do the messages on iTunes tell me you’re going to lose everything. So here was my biggest fear. My iPhone is synched with Google Contacts. If a new iTunes which has no contacts, then wipes my contacts on my iPhone, won’t that then synch with Google and wipe all my contacts in Gmail? No one could tell me the answer and I couldn’t seem to find out much by googleing it. The best I could do was back up my contacts from Gmail, and hope for the best. I can’t remember which bits I clicked in iTunes, but everything seemed ok with my contacts and they were safe and sound on both my iPhone and Gmail.
However!! Half my apps stopped working. The icons remained on the iPhone but just as each app was loading, it stopped working. This gave me hope, because it seemed that the software was all there on the iPhone, and it just need something to tell it to work again….iTunes!
I think what I should have done before anything else on a new laptop with iTunes, is to click on “Store” and then “Authorize Computer”. But nobody tells you that when you connect your iPhone to your new laptop with iTunes. I must have synched before I authorized the laptop, and hence lost some of my apps, let alone all the music and audiobooks, which I was expecting anyway.
So why Mr Steve Jobs, does iTunes not take a lead from the iPhone? Surely, I want to keep what’s on my iPhone, and not have it destroyed by iTunes. You’ll learn your lesson soon Steve, because unless you change your ways, Google and others will kick your ass with mobiles that don’t need an intermediary such as iTunes, and will update direct from the Internet or mobile network. I knew what I was taking on with an iPhone and iTunes, but I think the timing is good, to sit and wait for 2 years to see what Apple comes up with and what Google will compete with. If Android/Nexus improves over the next 2 years, I’ll switch.
Why do Apple fan boys put up with this, and it hardly encourages me to “Get a Mac”. The iPhone in isolation and when kept away from iTunes is fantastic, but I’m sick of Steve telling me how I want my music and podcasts to be stored, and what’s the obsession with album covers? If I wanted album covers I’d go buy the vinyl!!