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iTunes Annoyances

September 23, 2006

So iTunes is great. I really like it. But, there are things that are frustrating about it. Here’s the first in a series of posts that let me rant about some of these annoyances.

Podcast handling.

It’s probably not too much of a stretch to say that the moment when Apple added podcatching to iTunes was when podcasting really took off. The way the whole thing hangs together, in typical Apple fashion, is really slick. However:

  • What’s with the utterly annoying behaviour where a podcast is considered to be “played” as soon as you start to play it? This is completely inconsistent with music tracks where you have to play the whole thing. It also makes the option to sync only unplayed podcasts to your iPod completely and utterly useless.
    ipod_podcast_prefs

    Consider the following scenario where our hero, Bob, has this option turned on:

    • Bob is listening to a podcast – let’s say it’s the latest MacCast – in his car on the way home from work. The podcast has not finished playing by the time Bob gets home.
    • Bob fires up iTunes on his Macbook and notices that a new Ricky Gervais episode has been released. As soon as it is downloaded he connects his iPod and syncs.
    • iTunes, in all it’s infinite wisdom, sees that the MacCast episode has been “played” and takes it off Bob’s iPod.
  • Now I’m not a UI zealot But in this dialog, what’s wrong with ‘yes’ or ‘no’?

    stupid dialog