People love their Macs. Obviously I love my PC. I do have one Apple product I absolutely adore, and that is my iPhone. I used to have a Blackberry but find the full web functionality just superb in comparison. I drive a lot for work (for example, yesterday I drove 3 hours to have a 2 hour business meeting, than drove 3 hours home) and I did the arduous task of ripping all of my purchased CD’s and loading out a cool 1000 songs on my iPhone to make those long drives more enjoyable. I recently relocated my home office from spare room to basement, and going through my random box of computer junk and I came along a couple of beacons of shining light – not one – but TWO iTunes gift cards! I received them at a wedding a long time ago (one for myself, one for my wife) and was pumped. I haven’t updated my playlist in quite some time so here is the chance to download some new tunes before my big drive.
Minor complaint #1 – The iTunes built into the iPhone doesn’t have a spot for you to redeem giftcards. Seems kind of silly – since I can download it direct to there anyway, why can’t I redeem on my device?
- Major complaint #1 – I login to my iTunes, and scratch the little code, and punch it in. I get an error message. “For USA iTunes store only”. REALLY? Show me where it says that on the front? (It does say it on the back – I will give them that). However, I did receive it as a gift at a wedding, and we DO live on the border to the USA (and the groom is half American). Isn’t the computer world, sorta kinda international? If you are afraid of overseas pirates with the GC (or something else rediculous) sure, thats fine. But hey, I live in Canada. We share TV, Radio, Sports leagues, lovers and fighters – you are telling me you can’t make the card work in North America? They were obviously purchased in the USA, meaning someone paid $10 each in USD, meaning they hold full value. I thought Apple was the ‘people’ company?
- Major complaint #2 (not related to iTunes) – Flash doesn’t work on the iPhone. It can, easily, but Apple wants to keep their platform ‘closed’ so they can rake in the money on applications on what not. I know, I know, Flash is barely used in any internet application and is no way a standard on the interwebs. Nope, not one bit. For a company that can make a notebook as light as a binder why close out an internet STANDARD on me?
Not many complaints, but little things like that leave a bad taste in my mouth as things that really don’t make sense. If a friend of mine in the international community buys me an iTunes card and sends it to me for my birthday, I would like to use it. I want to be able to to view all websites. Not too much to ask, as I can supposedly view the web “Faster” with 3G, pay for it, and see a lego block when I go to a flash enabled website. The MS-OS for mobile phones will include flash. Apple marketing has done a great job telling people they are the platform for real people, a simpler more stable version that can do everything a PC can without the headaches. That may be true, but it doesn’t feel like it on this PC user’s end right now.