iTunes: Time to right the Syncing Ship

When Apple introduced iTunes in 2001, it served one purpose: As a music jukebox app. Later that year, it added its most important feature: The ability to sync tracks with the just-introduced iPod. Originally, you could just drag tracks onto your iPod and they’d copy over. iTunes had automatic music-sync features that were rudimentary, but they did the job.

That was a long time ago. These days, iTunes is simultaneously Apple’s most important and problematic product. It’s a music and video player. It’s a store, the gateway to buying music, videos, ringtones, and iOS apps. And of course, it’s a syncing system, connecting to Apple devices from iPhone to iPod to Apple TV.

Apple has packed almost everything involving media (and app) management, purchase, and playback into this single app. It’s bursting at the seams. It’s a complete mess. And it’s time for an overhaul.

You are so right! They need

You are so right! They need to change the name if it's going to continue to be the application that it is. iTunes? How about iEverything. And what a mess it is. On the iPhone as well. It's all mixed up between iTunes, Video, and iTunesU. Where is the corresponding iBooks on the Mac? Yes, the books are in iTunes but what about an application to open the books and read them? Where is the Collection column? My apps sync but now I can't use iTunes to arrange the screens on my iPhone. And having two accounts. Forget it. It's all messed up. I can go on and on. Apple wants to get away from the folder system but this surely isn't the way to do it. I'm hoping they have some kind of new iCloud part that's going to get rid of iTunes.

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