It's not resource hungry. At least not the latest version. In fact, my internet browser takes up considerably more resources. Look here:
Ignoring Firefox (because that has 5 tabs open), Chrome (freshly opened for the first time) only has one tab open and it's a youtube video. iTunes playing a very high bitrate song (and believe me, it was on for the past 2 days straight because I don't turn my work computer off). Both at the same time. Look at the CPU usage and REAL memory being used.
I'm willing to bet, I'll put money down on it for sure, that blindfolded, you can't tell the difference between itunes and fidelia on my setup.
The first part of Apple being very proprietary is true (I wish if I rockboxed my iPod, it would be easier to translate my playlists that are specifically ordered)
Mac users aren't limited to using a shoddy program, and this program isn't particularly shoddy. And I don't know what makes you think the iPod is of similar quality, I'm still using mine from 2005 and every original part is running great. Easy navigation.
I've had more hiccups with my Clip (both rockboxed and not) in the few months I've had it than my iPod's lifetime.
Point is, it sounds like you're just being spewing what many people say about anything Mac (yes, they can right-click. Get with the times) and rather than coming in here to either discuss, like the extreme Apple lovers/haters, you come in with a vendetta.
Pros with iTunes player (by personal experience):
No other program organizes as well as this.
It's really easy to use the iPod with it. Just plug it in and my playlists and the way they're organized are automatically synced. Easier and more fool-proof than the drag-n'-drop.
Cons with iTunes player:
Proprietary. The only lossless you can play are ALAC and WAV.
The equalizer can be loads better. It's decent, at least. But Winamp has a really good equalizer in my opinion.
Originally Posted by domino584
- iTunes is resource hungry. More CPU usage reflects more CPU noise.
- iTunes limits you to graining, low quality, rips from nearly all composers.
- Apple is a software company that is biased to their own hardware. Performance increases for mac but not for all software companies. I'm not going to buy an overpriced, cheap, low quality machine to listen to low quality rips.
- iPod users are limited to a shoddy program for their entire music listening experience. Likewise, the iPod is of similar quality.
iTunes does not offer any benefits for music lovers. It is a garbage application.