Weblog:   iTunes 3
Subject:   Featuritis?
Date:   2002-07-18 06:36:11
From:   invalidname
Do you think Apple should maybe call it a day with iTunes? Some of the new stuff seems either engineering-gimmicky (Smart Playlists) or marketing-gimmicky (audible.com integration).

It's a neat little program, but I hope they don't bloat it much further... it chows 25-35% of my sad little iBook's CPU as it is.

If anything, I'm glad that it plays .mp4 audio files (use QuickTime Player to rip a CD audio track to MPEG-4 audio format), but I'm told iTunes has always been willing to fall back to QuickTime-supported media formats and codecs. It'd be nice if iTunes itself had AAC ripping as an option, though, with some appropriate scheme for including the ID3 tags.


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  • Featuritis?
    2002-07-18 07:13:06  javester [View]

    Make up your mind!

    "I'd wish they'd stop putting features in but it would be nice if iTunes had AAC ripping."

    And doing 25-35% of CPU is not that bad either, consider the heavy lifting required by codec decoding.

    Also, percentage CPU usage is not a very good metric since it really cannot stand on its own. When something takes 90% CPU for brief spikes, it doesn't mean that the program is inefficient, it just means its doing some CPU processing.

    People may have fixated on it because of some Win 9x benchmarks, where its more cooperative multitasking and not a true multi-tasking OS like OS X. In a cooperative multi-tasking system, an ill-behaved program may starve other processes of CPU time.

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