Fuck You, iTunes 7

Topic: Software 13 years, 12 months ago

Have you installed Apple’s iTunes 7 on your Windows PC yet? And then tried to delete the iTunes shortcut from your desktop or move/rename the iTunes folder on your Start Menu?

If yes, then you’ll have found the same thing I did… that every time you launch iTunes, it gets Windows Installer to replace the shortcuts for you. Want a clean desktop? Not possible. Want to put iTunes straight in the All Programs folder and not inside the iTunes subfolder? Not possible.

Apple, this is Fucking. Annoying. You. Bloody. Control. Freak. Seriously, what the hell were you thinking?! OK, so you’re not the only company that does this and Symantec (think Norton AntiVirus) is very good at it too, but that doesn’t make it right. Users should have the freedom to place shortcuts wherever they like. Are you going to control what icons OS X users can have on their Dock too?

Cut it out. Now.

For the record, Apple is responsible for configuring Windows Installer to do this, not Windows Installer itself, which does not mandate the location of Start Menu and desktop shortcuts by default.

Also check out the Start Menu section in the Top Guidelines Violations page of the Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines. Of course, Apple violates all the rules here with iTunes, QuickTime and Apple Software Update.

In the meantime, I know of two workarounds for this:

  • Make a copy of the iTunes shortcuts to where you want them on the Start Menu, and then make the original shortcuts hidden (right click, go to Properties and tick the Hidden checkbox). Windows Installer will be satisfied that the shortcuts are still there, even though they are hidden.
  • Delete them and replace them with direct shortcuts to the application. The original shortcuts are actually not standard shortcuts but Windows Installer-managed shortcuts (notice you can’t some of their properties). So if you delete them and then make your own shortcuts, e.g. to C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe, it will start iTunes without alerting Windows Installer to the fact that the shortcuts aren’t where they are supposed to be.

(And for those who are wondering, no I haven’t converted to using iTunes as my media player. I only install it to manage the music on my iPod.)

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