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Think Different [Oct. 18th, 2003|02:24 am]
Kurt Onstad
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From Penny Arcade:
"I laughed when I went to the Apple site and saw that they call iTunes the best Windows app ever. Now I am enjoying a playlist full of Beck and I think those sons of bitches might be right."

The Apple Evangelist in me just loves that...
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[User Picture]From: shironiku
2003-10-18 07:29 am (UTC)
The relationship between Apple and Microsoft is sort of like the relationship between the United States and Japan. The U.S. invents stuff and Japan improves it; Apple invents stuff and MS rips it off.

It's too bad PC games don't work on Macs; if they did, I'd probably own one. They're awful purdy.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2003-10-18 01:53 pm (UTC)

The Games situation...

That is getting better and better every year, especially since OS X was released. While you can't yet play your beloved Star Wars Galaxies on the Mac yet, there are quite a few games that are available on both.
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[User Picture]From: shironiku
2003-10-18 04:38 pm (UTC)

Re: The Games situation...

I fell off the SWG wagon a long time ago, actually. In fact, I don't really play PC games at all; most of the gaming I do is on platforms like the PS2 or the GBA. The only real computer gaming I do is network gaming, and I don't do that anymore either.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2003-10-18 08:51 pm (UTC)

Re: The Games situation...

Did you just negate your own argument for not getting a Mac?
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[User Picture]From: shironiku
2003-10-19 01:54 am (UTC)

Re: The Games situation...

No, my real arguement against getting a Mac cost me close to two grand, and I'm currently writing this post on it.

Maybe next time, Apple Boy. :P
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2003-10-19 01:57 am (UTC)

Re: The Games situation...

Fair enough.

Just remember this conversation next time you're in the market for a computer...

They're just going to get purtier...
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[User Picture]From: technomonkey
2003-10-18 01:34 pm (UTC)

So.....pretty....

Never let it be said that I don't try new things.

iTunes for PC is quite cool - I especially like the visualizations, and the ease of organization into playlists.

I haven't tried the "Burn this playlist to CD" yet, but I suspect it's pretty cool as well. Although I checked the settings, and you set a universal "space between songs" for the entire CD, so I don't know if I'll ever use it - I prefer the power of Easy CD Creator where I can say "Make this transition 3 seconds, and the next one 0, then 6."

Still, QUITE the nice App - I suspect this will become my default media player now.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2003-10-18 01:46 pm (UTC)

Re: So.....pretty....

Yeah, I would like them to make some advanced settings allowing you to choose individual spaces between songs, like Easy CD creator does. Hopefully, that will be added to the Advanced settings in a future version...

And if you're creating a huge MP3 CD, and don't necessarily want to spend that time choosing each individual transition, iTunes will work nicely...
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[User Picture]From: technomonkey
2003-10-18 02:03 pm (UTC)

The problem with that...

When I make MP3 CDs, I generally put directories with different artists, and different directories with those artists' individual albums, on them. If this doesn't do that, I'll be using Easy CD Creator for those as well.

Still, as a music player, it certainly blows Media Player and WinAmp away. And it's always nice when the good products are free...
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[User Picture]From: self
2003-10-18 06:55 pm (UTC)
It's pretty solid all around. Definitely like the visualizer. The music store inventory isn't quite ready to replace my usual sources, but I'm certainly hoping it'll grow to that level. In the meantime, I've got to order some CDs elsewhere.

What's bugging me right now is that, while I can give the radio section URLs to stream from, there's no obvious way to add my streams to the station list for easy selection later.

Update:
Scratch that. They're added in the Library section automatically, and can be dragged into playlists or onto the toolbar as desired. Pretty elegant, once you know where to look.

This can still bug me, though:
A user's e-mail address should not be their login ID. That's just asking for trouble. The consequence is often that your profile information is lost sometime down the line when you switch ISPs for one reason or another.

Anyway, I'm quite happy with this. More so than expected, considering that I don't own an iPod yet. But this has much value even without one.
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