Yesterday, was a great day! During the WWDC Keynote, I found out that soon I will no longer experience the massive slowdown that occurs whenever I plug my iPhone into my computer. The next version of iOS will support over the air updates and syncing, eliminating the need to connect the device to a PC or Mac running iTunes.
Ten years ago iTunes was a pretty good way to listen to music and get that music onto my iPod. However, with each successive version, Apple has piled the features on to iTunes, gradually morphing it from a simple music player to a behemoth that makes all my other apps slow down and my cooling fans speed up. iTunes is no longer a music player – it is a music organizer, a CD ripper, a device manager, a music store, a video player, a video store, a podcast organizer, a book store, a music recommender, a playlist generator and probably a dozen other things. Today, iTunes is unusable bloatware that I only run when I have to move content onto or off of my iPhone. Yesterday, Steve eliminated the last reason that I had to run iTunes. With the iCloud, I can cut the cord, I won’t need iTunes any more. R.I.P. iTunes.