"Look elsewhere for a good music managment program"1.0 starson by thecoffman
Pros: Attractive interface, speedy, easy to use for beginers
Cons: lacks almost any in depth features.
Summary: If you want a one sentence recomendation, try this. Use windows media player 10, it is easily the best media managment program out there and beats iTunes hands down. Now for the more in depth stuff.
I have tried almost every music software out there, and I figured it was time to jump on the bandwagon and try iTunes, after all, everyone's doing it.. right? At first I was highly pleased by the attractive, clean interface, and the speed of the searching (an apple hallmark) and even the music store. Yes I didnt mind the music store personally, I know there are many complaints, but hey if you want to use a player other than an ipod, its easy to strip the drm and rencode, however you will lose audio quality, but you get what you pay for and itunes is free.
Now on to the cons. This is where iTunes loses ground to a more in depth solution like wmp 10.
1. First off there is no option to use more than stereo speakers. While music is only 2 channel, it would be nice to be able to at least listen to it in all my speakers even if it just duplicates the front channels. I paid for 5.1 speakers and a soundcard, i might as well get to use them.
2. Burning is a complete mess. I know that playlists are all the rage nowadays, but I dont use them, at all. I know I'm not the only one either, but for some reason apple assumes that you would never want to burn a cd, only a playlist, and as such there is no burn option when viewing music that isnt a playlist. What this means is if you want to burn a cd, you will have to creat a playlist with all the tracks from that cd, and then burn the playlist. Am I the only one that finds this mind bogglingly annoying?
3. iTunes does not look up album art for you automatically... you'd think this was a standard feature by now, especially with access to apples extensive music store but nope, you have to manually add art for each cd, im sorry but with 60+ gigs of music, i dont have time for that.
4. No advanced tag editing features. to edit track information you have to either click each field in the media library view and edit it one thing at a time, or highlight multiple tracks and hit "view track info" (one would think it would say "edit" but oh well) but for some reason even when using this option, the changes dont save outside of itunes, which brings me to my next point.
5. no folder monitoring. for some reason itunes assumes that all new music is going to come from ripping with itunes, or from their music store, if you get music any other way it will not appear in your library unless you manually scan for it (at which point all your tag changes from point #4 revert back to their original values) this also creates the problem of duplicate tracks. im not sure why itunes has such a problem with this, as i never encounter this in other media players. even when rescanning my library
6. itunes reorganzied and fractured my folder and directory structure, even after had explicitly told it not to reorganize anything.
7. songs purchased from the music store are only 128 bitrate
All in all the gripes i have with itunes far outweigh, its benefits. I'm sure if you have your ipod and 10 cds and you wanna be "cool" walking around campus, then itunes is perfect for you, but if you want a rich full featured, music managment program, you'll have to look elsewhere. My personal recomendation is windows media player 10.