iTunes: Erring on the Side of Stupid

I love my iPhone.  It’s the most amazing and useful device.  Unfortunately to use it, you must also use iTunes, and iTunes is nothing short of an abomination of an application.  Here’s just one recent example.

A week or so ago, iTunes started crashing about a minute after launching.  I noticed that the crashes happened a few seconds after it started updating my podcasts.  So I set it to stop auto-updating the podcasts.  This is a bug, and it should be fixed, but it’s no big deal; bugs happen.  And I can always use my iPhone’s built-in ability to update podcasts in the meantime.

But now I wanted to sync my iPhone to iTunes in order to get some new music.  However, since my podcasts in iTunes are now a week out of date, I didn’t want it messing with the podcasts on my iPhone -- in particular which ones I’d already listened to and which ones I was partially into.  So in iTunes, in the iPhone settings, I unchecked the "sync podcasts" checkbox.

Now what do you think a user means when he tells an app "don’t sync podcasts"?  Seems pretty obvious to me.  But I can tell you for darn sure what it DOESN’T mean: it sure as heck doesn’t mean PLEASE DELETE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE 2 GB OF PODCASTS ALREADY ON MY IPHONE.

I really wish iTunes were a person so I could strangle it to death.

Posted by Anthony on 3 replies


01. May 23, 2009 at 11:12am by Maria:

dude, I HATE iTunes. It has this wonderful habit of pilfering songs out of my iTunes folder. Every few weeks I notice a few songs randomly missing, which I then have to re-download because Microsoft can’t find the song file.

02. May 23, 2009 at 04:22pm by Anthony:


03. May 25, 2009 at 02:05pm by Maria:

er, Windows, I guess? technically the little dog that jumps out when one tries to search for a file.

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