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.