That crazy Apple is always trying to trick you into installing iTunes. It reminds me of those car salesmen who are always pushing the undercoating. Uhhh, I just don’t want it, ok?
Last week I installed the new QuickTime because I wanted to view an H264 clip. I tip toed around all the sharp jagged rocks and found the link to install it without the bundled ITunes. I thought I was safe. Now when I start QuickTime I get this start page with ads, music links and trailers and stuff. It reminds me of that annoying MSN start page that messenger defaults to – yuck. Anyway I digress. So today I bring it up and I click on a trailer for a movie I’m interested in… and instead of the movie a web page pops up that reads in large print:
You Need iTunes.
The link you just clicked requires the free iTues jukebox software. …
And then it happily offers to install it for me.
I don’t even want ITunes, and I certainly don’t NEED it. Nothing against it, I’m just happy with my current long distance carrier, err, music solution, thank you very much. I don’t want yet another app competing for ownership of my media file associations – gosh! Besides why would I need iTunes to play a QuickTime movie trailer? They even said ‘requires’ not just ‘we recommend.’ Even as aggravated as this makes me, I still want to see the trailer. So I head over to www.apple.com/trailer and click on the one I want and wouldn’t you know it, it plays just fine in plain ole QuickTime. No iTunes required. Shame on you Apple for trying to trick us.