Pay attention now, HP and Microsoft are not just trying to copy Apple. Oh sure, “It may not be a coincidence that the Athens PC resembles an Apple machine, with rounded corners, a translucent case and a flat, wide display.” But that doesn’t mean anything, right? Just because “HP executive Louis Kim acknowledged the similarities, noting, ‘Apple is on a similar track in that they’re designing with the end-user in mind and they’re integrating hardware and software.'” doesn’t mean anything, right? After all, he said, “There was no intent to try and mimic Apple here,” so it must be true, right?
Look for Windows Media Player to mimic iTunes soon. Oh what? It already does? No, it can’t be. I mean, look at that top ten list. Just ’cause iTunes already minimizes to a fully-functional mode (#1) doesn’t mean anything – you can’t change the color with a single click (#2), so they’re different. I don’t even begin to understand how #3 is supposed to be a “feature” of WMP at all, so I’ll skip it. WMP’s playlists appear to be woefully inadequate, so obviously Microsoft hasn’t thought of copying Apple’s “Smart Playlists” yet (#4). Hmm, I guess they both do pictures now (#5). And WMP plays “some” VCDs, so that puts them a step beyond iTunes, right? Assuming that you think a music player ought to play video (or vice versa), yes it does (#6). Um, it’s not as dreadfully slow as previous versions (#7). So that seems like a good thing. Gee, you can rate each song? How nice they finally got that feature (#8).
Privacy options? What the !#@$ does “privacy” have to do with anything related to music? Why is this even a question? Remind me never to play a single song on any program that has to promise to be careful with any of my personal information, okay? This is insane (#9).
And oh yeah, it won’t encode to MP3 format. Yeah, that’s a big plus. Why do people use this crap again? They’re not learning anything from Apple – they’re moving backward.Powered by Sidelines