Originally Posted by simonm
No it shouldn't!
Actually, it probably should...as a security issue, if nothing else. It's a lot smoother in, say, Debian-based Linux distros, where the OS does the patching rather than the software itself, but keeping abreast of the latest security patches is kind of a big deal.
Of course, if you're a sysadmin dealing with a mission-critical system, you should probably wait till those updates are fully tested, unless it's patching a root exploit or something. But for the casual user, automatic updates = good.
|Only if you run out of memory, and as discussed previously iTunes uses a pretty insignificant amount of memory compared to most recent (last few years) computers. If it's not doing anything it uses 0% of CPU.
Compared to, say, Audacious or VLC, iTunes is kind of a resource hog (I'm a bit of a multi-tasker, so memory's rather important).
Of course, that's to say nothing about how it doesn't support my favorite codecs, FLAC and Ogg. Even on my work Mac, I uninstall iTunes...no point, given that I'm going to be listening to my FLAC collection all day. Plus, for home, it just doesn't run on proper OSes.