An unflattering comparison

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.

Ouch.

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