I'm a mac-user for more than 15 years, and live in a mac-only environment - both home and at work. Therefore, I assume I know the system, its tons of benefits, and it's inherent limitations. Anyway, whenever I use iTunes, I really have to wonder why everything takes thaaaaat much time?
I can't think of an app that gives me as many spinning beachballs than iTunes does. At home I got a 2011 Macbook Pro, maxed out on RAM, and a 50/50 internet-connection (yes, thats 50mbps up and down), and with the lastest OS and iTunes. When I open iTunes, Genius starts to 'gather data about my library', during which it is pretty much unresponsive. After that, it sends this information to Apple, during which it stays unresponsive. Yes, I could deactivate Genius, but why do I have to? It shouldn't be impossible to implement this feature without laying down the entire machine.
Next thing is downloads – downloading apps or podcasts is excruciatingly slow. I can download several hundred mbs as good as instantanious in my browser or another app, but a 10mb app in iTunes takes halv a minute or more. What's up with that?
Next thing - syncing iPhone/iPad/iPod. Why does this take so long? It's a usb-datatransfer, and we're not talking several gigs here. Even worse is to sync via Wifi. It's a great idea, but pretty much useless in its current form. How can it be that iTunes list my iPad to be connected via wifi, yet even clicking on it results in a minute of spinning beachball and 'looking for the device'. How come it has to look for it for ages if it's already mounted? Again, a simple datatransfer via wifi can be done in a tenth of the time it takes to do so via iTunes.
Well. I'm a true Apple evangelist, and love my iDevices, but I just had to vent this. Am I really the only one to experience those issues? And, if I'm not, I have to ask you guys at Apple – do you think that iTunes in its current form is the best you as a company are able to produce? Would Steve have been satisfied with it?