Top 10 Most Annoying Things About iTunes

iTunes is a service I doubt I could be without, but it's annoying. Here's why.
The Top Ten
1 High Prices

I understand that we all want free downloads, but for music artists, it's very sad. If you start downloading songs for free, the music industry will shut down, and one day there will be no music left.

Why do people buy music from iTunes when they can download it for free from thousands of other websites?

Darn, everything about Apple is costly. As Microsoft says, these are "Apple taxes."

2 Slow Download Time

It's ridiculous! It's like joining a queue in HMV, waiting for your turn. Similarly, if we cooked a chicken for the family the traditional way - by rubbing it and letting the heat from the friction of your hand against the meat cook the chicken - your family would have starved to death by the time the chicken was ready. The long waits of yesteryear were impractical, and the waits we have today are no exception. So, iTunes, please get a server that doesn't run from a solar panel on Sedna!

3 Incorrectly Marking Material as Explicit

Another example is Canto 34 by Five Finger Death Punch. It's an instrumental song, but according to iTunes, it's explicit.

Almost every Five Finger Death Punch song on iTunes is marked as explicit, even though not all of them are.

This is bigger than it sounds. In what way, for instance, is Loscil explicit?

4 Bias Towards Music and Movies

I open iTunes, and it instantly tells me the top hits this month. A lot of the time, the picks are junk that I couldn't care less about.

Most of the top songs are indie and pop nonsense!

5 Genius Feature Issues

As Michael McIntyre once said, Apple should stop overestimating their employees' IQ scores and should compare their workers instead to Currys' "Fix-It Bob." The iTunes store "Genius" is no exception. Genius takes the music you recently bought, finds the most random thing that isn't even remotely related, and advertises it to you like Ol' Gil does in The Simpsons. So thank you, but no thank you.

Not much of a genius when it hasn't even been updated for over three years. Songs from 2015 still don't work with Genius.

It takes so long that I can't even be bothered using my subscription to iCliid music. At least give users the option!

6 Pointless Music Compilations

They are obsessed with these, and it's always from a source with so little taste that they might as well have no tongues.

7 Requirement to Buy Entire Album for Songs Over Ten Minutes

"Hey, iTunes, here's a brainwave! Suppose I wanted to get great songs like 'Echoes' or 'Strobe' WITHOUT everything else on the album?"
"Certainly, sir, we'll try to find albums without too many unwanted tracks for a price compromise, or maybe cut a few minutes off?"
"Oh, yeah, great idea! I can make do with 9 out of 23 minutes! So what about shorter songs?"
"No compromise needed, sir. Have it as it is."
"Great! I think I'll shorten them anyway, and why don't I just shorten everything I own, from all of my belts to all of my electrical cables? It'll cut back on bills and stomach capacity!"

Or sometimes they do this with soundtracks. One time (don't judge me), I tried to buy 'Pure Imagination' sung by Gene Wilder. Why did I need the whole soundtrack? I don't know!

8 Incomplete Song Library

It's too bad they don't have original Def Leppard songs.

Still can't find Adele's Skyfall...

9 Automatic Re-transfer of Removed Media Upon Reconnection

My family all share the iTunes library. If I were to attach my iPad to a computer, then I'd get all the nonsense that my brother has bought. No thanks for that.

10 Incorrect Genre Classification

Putting the Beatles under the "Pop" genre is fine because the Beatles were considered pop artists. However, I would prefer if it were under "Pop/Rock" because they were pop-rock artists. But if it puts a Metallica album under "Pop," then you might want to raise some questions.

According to this, the first Hobbit movie was a romance film. It's fixed now, but there are likely more of those mistakes out there.

The Contenders
11 Playlist Disruption During Transfers
12 Unclear Impact on Song or Band Popularity
13 Limited Preview Options
14 Poor Song Segues

If it pauses between the two songs instead of flowing seamlessly like it should, I find it annoying. iTunes, please fix this!

15 Unnecessary Album Mixes and Digital Booklets

Don't bother with these, iTunes. They get you nowhere.

16 Frequent Updates
17 Album-Only Song Purchases

I want to buy You're the Best by Joe Esposito and Route 66 by John Mayer, but they both are album-only.

18 Artist Reluctance Towards iTunes
19 The "Ping" Feature
20 Annoying Tribute Ringtones

Why would I have to buy them as a ringtone anyway? Ideally, any song that's already on a smart device should be set as a tone for anything we please, and we can customize it to start at any point in the track.

21 New Version Download Prompts

Almost every time I use iTunes, there is a new update. I don't use iTunes very often.

22 Failure to Mark Songs as Explicit
23 Poor Promotion of Good Albums
24 Incorrect Album Release Dates
25 Intrusive Pop-Ups
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