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Panther, iTunes named among PC World\'s \'Best of 2004\'

updated 09:45 pm EDT, Wed June 2, 2004

PC World credits iTunes

PC World has named Apple's iTunes for Windows "," while Mac OS X 10.3 was credited as the top operating systems released in the last year. In its commentary, the magazine says, "Apple makes Windows apps about as often as Microsoft ships bug-free products, and if iTunes for Windows is any indication, that's a crying shame." The 2004 Product of the Year was the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor series and IBM ThinkPad Series was named as the first recipient of the "Hall of Fame" category, which was created to recognize products that have consistently shown "World Class" qualities year after year.




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  1. deTaNg

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Refreshing

    How nice to see some straight- to-the-point good news for a change.

  1. Zak Nilsson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    It's always something

    The article said:

    "We do have one major complaint: ITunes tracks are incompatible with digital audio players other than Apple's own IPod. How selfish!"

    *sigh*

    NO. That only applies to songs from the iTunes Music Store encoded with Apple's FairPlay DRM. "iTunes tracks", as they put it, can be any audio file from any source, and they can most certainly be formats that will play on other players, such as aiffs and MP3s.

    Sure, it's great to hear a PC magazine giving an Apple product credit, but it's always something isn't it? They always have to add some bit of misinformation or something to make Apple look bad, despite the fact that they're wrong about it anyway.

  1. klinux

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hmmm

    I see the pattern - whenever an entity criticizes Apple, that entity is immediately labelled as a biased source/journalist/analyst/commentator. If the news is good, however, then we can commend it on its good reporting.

    Also, Zak, if you actually understand what you were reading, the article was discussing "iTunes tracks" AS purchased from the iTunes music store (the whole second paragraph was talking about the store) being incompatible with non-iPod music players - which is of course accurate.

    So rather then accusing people of spreading misinformation, maybe you should read it closer first!

  1. richdean

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    IBM Think Pads?

    I have an R40 and it is a major plastic POS. Heavy... and slow too -- or maybe that's just WinXP :-)

  1. Zak Nilsson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    No, I read it.

    klinux - I got that part. But read it again, in context. The article is about iTunes, not the iTMS specifically. In the context of that article, the word "iTunes" refers to the application, not the music store. So saying "iTunes tracks are incompatible with everything except the iPod" is misleading, and they could have clarified it simply by utilizing better writing skills. But they didn't, and now in context it looks like iTunes tracks (which could conceivably come from any source) will only play on iPods. Bad writing! Bad! No biscuit!

  1. JoshFofer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Missing the point

    On a PC, iTunes only syncs with the iPod. ITMS purchases, MP3's whatever... if you use iTunes to organize you music and create playlists, the iPod is your only choice for easy synchronizing. I think *that* is what the author was getting at.

    (Note that this isn't the case on the Mac, there are workarounds to get iTunes to sync MP3's with other 3rd party MP3 devices.)

  1. PsychoDrugBunny

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    You're Damn RIGHT!!!!

    h*** ya Panther and iTunes is the best!!
    ALL YOUR MACS ARE BELONG TO US!!!

  1. hanskim

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Just to be knit picky

    I know this may be rather off the point if not trivial, but PC World failed (again!) to honor the correct spelling of brand names.

    If the EDitors of the PC World were following any applicable rule of English language, I wouldn't be bothered whenever I encounter "IPod", "ITunes", or the like. But THey weren't. Or am I missing anything here?

    If you were to ignore that these are product names, you should simply go "itunes", "ipod". If either one were the first word of a sentence, they should read "Itunes" and "Ipod", respectively. If you really can't help but to capitalize it, do it consistently; make it "ITUNES" or "IPOD", not just the first two letters.

    If you are thoughtful enough to defy the common English usage and capitalize the second letter--as in ITunes and IPod--why not be thoughtful a little earlier and lowercase the i's?

  1. klinux

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Context

    Yes, I did read it in contex.

    The whole entire second paragraph is about ITMS and hence the statement of "iTunes track" playable only on iPod is in context of ITMS. If the writer did intend to miscommunicate, he would have said iTunes track not being playable in the first paragraph where he discussed iTunes the application.

    Could have the writer stated explicity that iTunes tracked purchased from ITMS is playable on iPod and hence that is bad? Sure. But to say they did to make Apple look bad is just paranoia.

  1. techguysteve

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re:Missing the point

    I have to agree with JoshFofer. I think that's the point the writer is making. I doubt he said it to make Apple "look bad" but more as something the readers should know. If you use iTunes then the iPod is your only real CONVENIENT choice for a player.

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