Originally Posted by steelbom Have you used iTunes 11? It's much better. Nevertheless I have a hard time understanding why anyone doesn't want to use iTunes. It makes getting files on and off (music, books, movies, photos, etc.) much quicker and easier.
Because it assumes you only have 1 computer and 1 library, and even though you can authorise your account to operate on more than 1 machine, you can't ever transfer music from any other machine except that one, unless you delete everything and start over. How is that sensible? Yes it can "work" for preventing piracy, but get over the boat and realise you're not really helping the situation by conceding you have to ship DRM free music. On a device with universal mass storage, you pick, and choose, drag and drop. Simple, no hassle.
It's also incomplete. It still can't open eBooks despite supporting them in the library, so if you have a mistagged ebook, you have to put it on the device, realise it's mistagged, move it off, then sort it out, then put it back, rather than just being able to check beforehand.
The file formats are restrictive (No avi/divx/xvid on the iPod? Seriously? How old and ubiquitous are those) and even content from the iTunes store is not all that great looking when you look at the filesizes they give you. Similarly, the conversion options within the program (I can't find them now) aren't so helpful either - I can only have the option to convert to AAC, and the minimum bitrate is 128kbps...Using MediaMonkey I can set to 5 different formats and multiple bitrates and bitrate types (I would, for example, on a device with limited storage be happy listening to 64kbps CBR MP3's but you don't have that opportunity). Why do I make such a fuss over formats? Well, I understand that MP3 is still the de-facto standard for music, but other formats do exist. Yes other players do play more formats and some do try and push their own (WMP with WMA, iTunes with AAC), but iTunes (like WMP) forces you to convert anything else into *THEIR* format rather than something standard. What happens when you decide to switch? At least with a player like MediaMonkey you can import everything in the format you have it in, and leave it at that without conversion shenanigans, if you want to.
The tagging isn't universal and oftentimes only works for iTunes, meaning you have to retag from a more standard setting, to an iTunes compliant one. This gets irritating especially when you've taken the time to tag videos, for example, and then reformat and have to retag it all.
Also, I'm not sure that even with codecs, it can play FLAC.
I don't know if this is an issue still, but before (iTunes 9/10) you could not rip a CD with some other program, and have it update the album art and info using the iTunes database. It gave an error saying you needed to rip the album using iTunes (see the issue with file formats) I don't see the reason for this except protectionism. Surely if the goal is a nice user experience, you don't care where the person gets their music from - just that they have it and can enjoy it from wherever it came from. And here's the catch - most other companies don't HAVE a database that big, making this something Apple could be using as a trump card.
iTunes 11 is better, yes, and seems a lot faster, but I get more functionality from MediaMonkey 3.2 and will stick with it. Unfortunately, Apple continue (for me this is my pet peeve) the hike towards adding extraneous functionality and gloss while leaving out support for things I consider basic. I'm not an audiophilem, though - I figure someone who is may have even stronger opinions/postions than I.Edited by -iceblade^ - 1/17/13 at 8:08am