As of a couple hours ago, I’m sitting in front of a freshly formatted computer. That’s right, after a couple of years of general “meh” towards my computer’s performance, I decided to take action and nuked all my partitions, dropped a new 1 TB drive for all my porn I mean music and a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit for good measure. I also plan to dual boot me some linux too.
Anyway, I’m pretty excited riding this wave of transcendental changes in my computing experience, so I decided to try new and unknown things to me. For instance, long are the Firefox days; I’ve been using Chrome for the past few hours and it feels nice. Got a couple of extensions, (which funnily enough, were made for Firefox converts) and now it seems like the Google browser and I have known each other forever. I’m still kinda weirded out by the way it handles downloads, in a separate tab and all. But I do think there’s advantages in that. What I still can’t forgive and never will is the name. Why “Chrome”? Why? Is it some terribly smart inside joke I’m not getting or is it just lame?
So following in the same spirit, I decided to ditch iTunes in favor of something new and cool. It’s not that I hate iTunes, the software actually does a pretty good job of keeping your library organized and allows you to make playlists very easily. Also there’s the fact that it’s the only application that supports syncing to my iPod without too much fuss. But I do hate the fact that it’s made by those Apple bastards. Besides, surely there must be something better out there right?
I went over to the legendary Winamp website to try and see what was what, and decided to get the fuck out of there when I read that the free version won’t allow full speed CD ripping and recording. It’s limited to 2x. What the shit? So I said fuck this and then downloaded Songbird because hey, these Mozilla dudes did the Firefox thing and it was good. Turns out that in order to go to the next song on this crap you have to press Ctrl+Right Arrow. What kind of asshole thought of that? Sure, let’s have them press another key why not. There’s not even a way to change the hot keys. Jesus. I downloaded foobar2000 as well since that shit’s supposed to be the geek’s music player, and I’ve always thought of myself as a somewhat computer-literate person, but this shit is ridiculous. I spent the first 10 minutes trying to add a song to my library, and then another 10 trying to play it.
So what the fuck? Am I destined to forever suffer from Steve Jobs appearing every night in my dreams telling me that there’s a new fucking update for iTunes that’s like 840 MB big with no noticeable impact on the application or is there truly a good music player out there? Help me out dudes.