CNET names 10 worst technologies of Q3 2006 (#5: Apple’s iTunes 7)

“It’s been a gangbuster quarter for terrible tech, from exploding batteries to half-hearted upgrades to pretexting scandals and everything in between,” CNET’s Tim Moynihan reports.

CNET’s the worst tech stories and products from the past three months:
1. Worst way to re-create the pyrotechnical magic of a Kiss show in your lap: Sony laptop batteries
2. Worst thinking outside the box: Amazon Unbox
3. Worst explanation of the Internet: Senator Ted Stevens
4. Most frustrating pair of headphones: Sennheiser OMX 52 Street
5. Worst upgrade: iTunes 7: We could easily add the “new” iPod to this list, thanks to the fact that it doesn’t do much that previous iPods couldn’t do (except hold more songs, take up less space, and play Texas Hold ‘Em). Instead, we’ll give a tip o’ the c(r)ap to iTunes 7, which boasted features such as resource hogging, freezing, deleting song files, album art issues, CD-importing woes, iPod-syncing foibles and innovative new features stolen directly from Windows Media Player 11. In Apple’s defense, the company released an iTunes update a couple of weeks after iTunes 7 came out.
6. Worst cause of CNET-wide paranoia: HP pretexting scandal
7. Worst game: World War II Combat: Iwo Jima
8. Worst way to get a free Dolce & Gabbana dongle: Buy the Dolce & Gabbana Razr for $400
9. Worst product name and packaging: PumpOne PumpedForLife
10: Worst hoax: Firefox zero-day flaw

Full article here.
Cheap shots at iPod (which CNET itself has already awarded “Editor’s Choice,” calling Apple fifth-gen updated iPod “the best, most attractive iPod to date”) and iTunes (CNET Reviews: “Apple iTunes 7 is a required upgrade for movie buyers and new iPod owners. Its refined interface, particularly Cover Flow, and useful new features trump the fact that the application is processor intensive”), but, then again, it’s from the reliably inconsistent CNET, so whatever.

Related articles:
Mossberg: Apple’s new iPod+iTunes are ‘better products at better prices’ – October 04, 2006
The Washington Post: ‘New competitors can’t measure up to Apple’s iPod’ – September 30, 2006
Computerworld review: ‘Apple’s new iPods are better than ever’ – September 27, 2006
Review: Pac-Man for iPod – September 27, 2006
Apple releases iTunes 7.0.1 – September 27, 2006
Fortune’s Lewis reviews Apple iTunes 7.0: ‘thumbs up’ – September 26, 2006
PC Magazine’s 19th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards for MP3 players: Apple iPod line – September 25, 2006
Thurrott reviews Apple’s iTunes 7: ‘the best software-based media jukebox I’ve ever used’ – September 22, 2006
USA Today reviews new Apple iPod nanos, updated iPods, iTunes 7 (each earns 4 stars out of 4) – September 21, 2006
CNET Editor’s Choice: Apple fifth-gen updated iPod – ‘best, most attractive iPod to date’ – September 20, 2006
Disney sells 125,000 movie downloads via Apple’s iTunes Store in first week – September 19, 2006
PC Magazine review: iTunes 7 ‘Apple’s best effort yet’ (4 stars out of 5) – September 15, 2006
CNET Editor’s Pick: Apple’s new 2G iPod nano – ‘sure to be top choice among wide range of users’ – September 14, 2006
Analyst: Apple ‘s iTunes+iPod+iTV model ‘the gold standard for the digital home of the future’ – September 12, 2006
What’s new in Apple’s iTunes 7 – September 12, 2006
Analyst Gartenberg: Apple ‘s iTunes+iPod+iTV ‘will be hard for other players to match’ – September 12, 2006
Apple debuts iTunes 7 – September 12, 2006
Apple debuts new iPod in 30GB and 80GB with Hollywood movies, games and new lower price – September 12, 2006
Apple intros new iPod nano with new aluminum design in five colors and 24-hour battery life – September 12, 2006
Apple unveils new iPod shuffle: world’s smallest digital music player – September 12, 2006


  1. I didn’t experience any of the issues reported. 4 iBooks, 2 G4’s, 1 Macbook Pro, 2 Dell’s ( I know, I only use them for a client) All had iTunes 7 loaded without issues. Several people at the office, all cross platform, didn’t experience any issues either.

    Just CNET being Bi-Polar.

  2. iTunes 7 has been alright by me.

    once again i think it’s CNet way of garnering a couple o’ spare hits from Apple users. indirect, subtle…. hey, they’ve got to hit Apple for something what with all the “good” and “great” reviews they’ve gotten there lately. as for the insult to iPods… i suppose they’ve got to lay the ground work for Zune, dont they?

    ehhh… screw ’em.

  3. iTunes stole from windows media 11? Let’s see, MMP 11 is still in beta according to the MS site (beta 2 actually). itunes 7 would have been in beta in the apple labs at the same time. Apple has actually shipped their product and microsoft hasn’t. So, Apple is trying to copy because they didn’t put their unfinished project on the front porch for all the neighbors to see? Even more, where is MS version of coverflow. I can’t seem to find it anywhere. Give me a freaking break. It’s nice to see that the MS bias on Cnet hasn’t changed. I am sure that they will also love the Zune. It will be great to see all the features that have been on the iPod for two years now and Cnet will go on and on as to how great and innovative they are.

  4. Yeah, I think they’re talking about the doze version. While there’s no excuse for Apple to have an inferior version for doze, how many times has M$ ported POS software that blew up every non-doze box it touched?

    Anyway, why would freeze ups and hogging resources bother the PC apologists at CNET? Isn’t that what most doze software does?

    And the idea of feature theft by Apple doesn’t even deserve a response by anyone who is aware of the development of Vista and its blatent rip off of OS X.

  5. Looks like the only way an on-line tech journalist can get read these days is to praise or crap on Apple.

    And it really isn’t about the technology per se, their complaints all seem to be about implementation and execution; but all major changes go through this. Their article is more a hatchet job, trying to take Apple down a bit.

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