I’m truly shocked that Apple would stoop to such tactics as trying to sneak Safari into a standard iTunes update. It’s a disgrace to Apple’s treasured policy of allowing users complete freedom from hassle in installing only the software that they need. I honestly don’t recall the last time that Apple pushed any updates on us in the last year for OS X or iPod Touch. Unless you count 10.5.1 and 10.5.2 and those security updates, the QuickTime update, and iPhoto update. On the iPod touch we only had minor updates like 1.1.3 and 1.1.4 that only wiped out all my third-party apps and turned a minority of iPhones into bricks.
What on earth would cause Apple to have such a lapse in judgement I wonder? My blood boils to think that Apple would try in any way to degrade my remarkable user experience with the ever wonderful Windows XP which is a bastion of stability and just as well-behaved as any traditional Apple offering when it comes to deference to user wishes.
I can’t imagine ever having the need for their Safari browser when I can use the beautiful Internet Explorer or even the next best thing, Firefox. I would manage my iPod with Windows Media Center if only I had the option. I dream of the day when we can format our fancy iPods and install whatever Zunes are running on. I would like to take this opportunity to plea to Mr. Jobs to stop pushing their inferior products onto the general populace and stick to their sole core competence which is the manufacture of music playing devices and selling music.