On iTunes's Bloat

Stephen Hackett, “Breaking Up the iTunes Conglomerate”:

What was once an MP3 player has grown into a monstrosity. What started life as SoundJam MP can barely recognize itself in the mirror these days. iTunes can rip and burn CDs (that used to be a big deal, kids), be used to purchase music and other media, stream radio, listen to podcasts, watch movies and sync to not only iPods, but iPhones and iPads, too.

Not much to add here except to say that I wholeheartedly agree with Stephen.

Like many, there was a time when I used iTunes all the time to sync my iOS devices (and my iPod Shuffle), but those days have long since passed. These days, I don’t launch iTunes at all — especially for music, I’ve moved on from locally-stored albums to streaming everything. In short, managing my iTunes library is but a distant memory and downright archaic by 2014’s standards.