iTunes Shoves Aside Musicmatch

from the play-nicely... dept

When Apple first launched a Windows version of the iPod, they worked with MusicMatch to supply the necessary software, since they didn’t have a Windows version of iTunes. Eventually, they decided to launch their own. This wasn’t a huge surprise to the folks at MusicMatch who realized immediately that their old partner had become a competitor. What they didn’t expect, however, was that the new iTunes for Windows would shove installed copies of MusicMatch aside, and stop it from working with the iPod. That’s right. Even if you had been using MusicMatch for your iPod prior to downloading iTunes, the iTunes install disables that functionality. This seems to go a little bit too far. Installing a new application should not interfere with the way old applications work – especially when many people will probably want to continue to use both (or will just be testing out iTunes before deciding whether or not to stick with MusicMatch).

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Hopefully, they sue

Restraint of trade? You’ve got to be kidding. The only reason the user had MusicMatch in the first place is it because it came with the iPod.

Apple licensed MusicMatch to ship with the iPod.

The only version of MusicMatch that works with the iPod is the version that ships with the iPod. The only functionality of MusicMatch that get’s disabled if you install iTunes is the iPod interoperability.

Oh, and iTunes WARNS you that it’s going to disable MusicMatch interaction with the iPod when you install it.

Director Mitch (user link) says:

Re: I Got an Email from Musicmatch on This

As a registered iPod PC user, I received an email this morning from Musicmatch on this very topic, along with instructions on how to avoid this.

Since I am not nor plan to be an iTunes user, I deleted it. If I hadn’t I would have posted at least excerpts from that email here (it was actually pretty long).

MLO says:

Outlook and Groupwise

Same issue with Groupwise and Outlook. Install Outlook, with PIM only…no email, and it will screw up Groupwise. Re-install Groupwise, and it replaces the Outlook icon on the desktop with the Groupwise icon. Open Outlook, and it will tell you that a recently installed mail program caused changes that may interfere with normal functionality. It then suggests to fix the problem.

Am I the only one that finds this behavior exceptionally childish?


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