Apple takes the low road

Posted May 22, 2006 by Evan Tishuk

They are slimy because when you try to download QuickTime -- so you can watch that new movie trailer which was published by a brainwashed Apple cult member -- it gets bundled with iTunes to usurp your Windows computer and choke its precious resources. The argument is, "It's free so you have to pay for it somehow." Oh really? Then please explain to me how that's "free?" That sure doesn't sound free to me.

Oh, and the QT download form automatically opts you in to their "FREE bi-weekly QuickTime News subscription." YAY! Everything's free! How thoughtful of them to assume I want to be spammed with new riveting information about their somewhat ubiquitous and generally crappy video format. It only gets worse when the Apple-huggers selfrighteously condemn similar tactics taken by other companies.

If you're going to hold yourself to a higher standard you shouldn't comprimise. The fact that we surrender our email addresses should be a fair trade for "free" software. This is just a slimy way of doing business. Shame on Apple.


olivier ~ May 23, 2006

FYI: Technically, Apple cult members aren't "brainwashed". They're reprogrammed through the use of nanochips (also known as nanonachos) that are magically bonded to the Apple-flavored crystals they put in their blue raspberry koolaid, and - of course - linked to the cult members' individual ipod brain control transmitters.

Just like the "Invaders" could be identified by their their stiff pinkies, even the sneakiest of closet Apple cultists (those who hide their white earphones from sight) can give themselves away through their inability to use the term "ubiquitous" in a sentence.

It's just science.

olivier ~ May 23, 2006

Better yet:

Evan Tishuk ~ May 23, 2006

Great counterbalancing propaganda there...I mean, sales pitch for Sansa. What does this say about one-percenters?

Brian Bunton ~ May 23, 2006

Give me a break.
First, if you don't want the newsletters, uncheck the boxes before you download. You don't even have to give them your email address.

Second, if you don't want iTunes, just uninstall it. I mean, I assume you could, as they're separate applications in the Add/Remove Programs part of the Control Panel, but I use iTunes a lot (without affect to the applications I run every day), so I still have both. Sure, it's inconvenient, but you can get what you want with a minimal time investment.

Full disclosure: I own a Windows machine, and my work computer is Linux. I really don't have much of an opinion on which of the 3 operating systems is "best".

Evan Tishuk ~ May 23, 2006

Actually, iTunes and QT are tied together--You uninstall one and both go. At least they did for me. Even if I could remove iTunes, I still think it is just a slimy policy--like when senators tack their pet projects onto important bills.

olivier ~ May 24, 2006

You've been reading my blog again. :D

The one-percenters don't just drink the koolaid; they also pick the ubiquitous flava'. (whew. I'm off the hook.)

Full Disclosure: I don't own an iPod, but I do own two Macs... which... I never use anymore.

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