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Old Apr 18th, 2011, 11:20 AM   #1
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Thumbs down iTunes 8 booted from iTunes Store

There may have been an announcement and the writing was certainly on the wall. For some time I could search the iTunes Store but the front door was blocked. As iTunes 9 was pathetically slow on the old eMac/Tiger combo, I have stuck with 8. As of this past week if I search the iTunes store in iTunes 8, all I get is the notice to upgrade to iTunes 10. Something that is not possible unless I also upgrade to Leopard which I have no real flaming desire to do.

iTunes 9 has been kept in its own little sandbox with its permissions crippled so that it would not open in any other profile. I did use 9 to check in on the free tune of the week but that was it. OTH the 45 -55 seconds it used to take iTunes 9 to load the store page has been reduced about 20 seconds and the pathetically slow page backs now happens in something close to real time. Still slower than 8 but a huge improvement for 9. Obviously allowing iTunes 8 to search the store was somehow crippling the response times of iTunes 9. So I can hardly berate Apple on this one.

It is a bit of a pain as I still have $20 in my iTunes account. Will probably continue with the sand box for a bit and just move purchased tunes from there back to the main profile.
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Old Apr 18th, 2011, 12:57 PM   #2
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iTunes 8 is ancient. It had to be done.
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iTunes 8 is ancient. It had to be done.
iTunes 9 was only introduced in 2009. So iTunes 8 was the "real deal" up till then. While I agree that iTunes 8 support isn't necessarily a priority for Apple, it's hardly "ancient" being from late-2009 (aka less than 2 years old).
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Old Apr 19th, 2011, 12:16 PM   #4
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Have to say that my opinion of iTunes 9 really has not changed. Even though store access is now quicker, they simply throw too many distractions at me. Unlike 8 there is no easy way to turn them off. Even if I specify music, the next search is just as likely to come up featuring movies and force me to narrow the field again.

I also miss the shopping cart but that's another story. They had some big time issues with that one, but they did clean it up and I got some free tunes for giving them some feed back.
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Old Apr 20th, 2011, 01:42 AM   #5
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So this is fascinating. Found a song I liked in the newer improved iTunes9. Added it to the Wish List. Pretty much impossible to find again in 9. Went back to my regular profile and iTunes8 and there it is in the shopping cart. Can purchase from there or go back to 9 and search again.

Yep iTunes 9 sucks.

Edit: Found it, carefully camouflaged amongst the clutter on the far right.
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Old Apr 22nd, 2011, 02:36 AM   #6
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I'm only surprised that you are surprised by this in the slightest. Especially given Apple's history of only supporting the latest and greatest.
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So this is fascinating. Found a song I liked in the newer improved iTunes9. Added it to the Wish List. Pretty much impossible to find again in 9. Went back to my regular profile and iTunes8 and there it is in the shopping cart. Can purchase from there or go back to 9 and search again.

Yep iTunes 9 sucks.

Edit: Found it, carefully camouflaged amongst the clutter on the far right.
User ineptitude does not equal a shoddy product.

iTunes isn't perfect, but it's hardly the steaming pile of crap you make it out to be.
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Old Apr 22nd, 2011, 03:01 AM   #8
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User ineptitude does not equal a shoddy product.
Uh the wish list is part of the purchase process for some users. Using small plain font amongst a dozen less useful entries on the right side of a very cluttered interface is hardly a shining example of the intuitive experience upon which Apple built its empire.

Still if the goal is to create a Windoze style experience they are certainly succeeding.
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