Apple to iPod owners: "Eat shit and die"
Apple just devoted some expensive engineering hours to updating iTunes to version 4.7, with the "improvement" of breaking iPod Download. That's right -- Apple's spending money seeing to it that features are removed from your iPod. Thanks a whole lot, Apple.
What's the lesson here? Well, Apple's not on your side, even if you're an Apple customer. If you buy into a proprietary platform where the music industry gets a veto, you're scr0d. Every time you buy an iPod, you are financing legal and technical countermeasures aimed at taking away legitimate features that enable you to do more with your lawfully acquired music and hardware.
It's outrageous that a software company of Apple's generally consumer-oriented reputation would treat its customers like this. I bought a Rio Karma instead of an iPod for a number of reasons (longer battery life, open source support, WMA support, lower price for larger hard drive). I'm more pleased than ever I didn't walk down the iPod path.