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by Dan Price — Oct 23
Apple sets the bar very high to begin with. By definition, Mac users won't just take whatever comes down the tube, or they wouldn't be Mac users. I'm not worried about it.

And you just accepted iTunes 7 :P

I don't agree, and I do worry about it. Mac users have a habit of accepting whatever Apple produces. I know people who don't use iTunes because it simply can't handle their gigabytes of songs. And it uses more system resources than it should. Pages looks nice, but really struggles with documents of any size. iWeb has been slammed for producing bad HTML and inefficient pages etc.

Although a Mac developer in my own time, I work in Windows software development so I have a perspective on both realities. I use enterprise software on Windows, that, although ugly and unintuitive, has the scalability and power far in advance of anything I've yet to see from Apple and I don't see that changing that anytime soon.

I can't help but feel that there are people at Apple who get payed just to come up with no widgets and non-complient UIs to dress up old applications. iTunes looked perfectly fine in version 6, so why change it? Must the UI of an app change significantly in order to qualify as a major revision? Is that the rule at Apple when they run out of ideas?

I'm worried that with Leopard, Apple will change everything again, just because that's what it thinks the end-users expect of a major release (unified look anyone?). At least Windows XP, or even Vista, allows you to choose the 'classic' look, if the latest widgets don't float your boat.
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