Jeff Atwood has some harsh words for the iTunes Store requirement to have iTunes installed before you can even see what there is to shop for. He makes a rather unflattering comparison:
And yet this is exactly how the iTunes Store works. Or doesn’t work, depending on your perspective.
I can understand requiring iTunes once you want to sync your media with Apple hardware devices — although I would argue syncing should really be a fundamental, built in function of the operating system. But I’m not trying to sync anything! All I did was click on a link. It’s downright user hostile to demand installation of a special application merely to browse the store, and it is most certainly against everything the web stands for and was built on.
The last “application” I can recall needing to install to get to things online was AOL.
And we all know how great that turned out.