Saturday, September 12, 2015

"Dear Apple/iTunes/iPod..."


Apple should release a version of iTunes for Linux...

Because of the cost of most of their products, the iPod Touch is the only device I find affordable.  For me, it's great to have in my pocket and with me so I can make and carry notes...and access the internet.

Attempting to upgrade my computers to Windows 10 has caused me to stop using Windows on them, and install Linux.  Most computers currently for sale with Windows 10, I consider too expensive for what I want to use them for...and too under-powered for what I am willing to spend.  In some circumstances, I do find some Chromebooks as good investments...especially when comparing them to computers with Windows in the same price range.  (I have purchased two Chromebooks so far, and am planning to purchase more.)

I love being able to rent movies from iTunes.  I can watch them when offline...

"You have 30 days to start watching a movie after you rent it. After you start watching the movie, you have 24 hours (in the US) or 48 hours (elsewhere) to finish it. You can watch the movie as often as you like until it expires."

...and many are very inexpensive (some at ninety-nine cents).

Browsing iTunes for audio and video is more pleasurable when using a computer (rather than a mobile device).  Now, for that experience, I must configure a computer with some version of Windows on it...

Also, they should consider making iTunes services accessible via browsers (and Chromebooks).  If not, I'm seriously considering committing to Google Play and abandoning iTunes.  But...

Google Play has a policy which kept me more loyal to iTunes...

"...Since downloading free content is still considered a transaction (even when the price of the item is $0.00), you may be prompted to add a credit or debit card if you don't already have one in your account..."

That requirement is unacceptable to me.

So far, purchasing music from Apple and Google...and being able to use it on other devices in general...has allowed them both to keep me as a customer.  I have not purchased videos/movies from either one of them, and don't plan to...because, per their documentation of their services...I am not able to use the  files on "any" device I choose to.

And that's why I purchase DVDs...



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