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"Phones come in booths now? Great! Now I don't have to carry around this stupid cell phone!" --Hermes Conrad
A lot of what I read above seems to be "so what" but what happens when it's more targeted, and more rampant? You'll start changing your minds and start to value having a little control over your media, your device, your life. You'll miss your short list of 5 albums you bought when you have to wade through 40 albums of crap Apple decided should show up in the list. At very least just make it a new/different list!! We used to get TV free but had to sit through commercials - that was fair. Now you pay $40/month for cable and still have to watch commercials? Greed and desire for control are changing things more rapidly than before, and it seems silly to me that they're taking control away from consumers; if we can't even vote with our dollar any longer I suspect piracy will skyrocket on a scale so far unseen. If I owed stock in Apple I'd be outraged that company money went toward this rather than R&D for how to not suck.
The issue here boils down to one simple thing: Control. People want control of their (very expensive) mobile - or any - device, and Apple wants control of how you use it and what you have access to when you use it. That's obvious with just about every aspect of iOS (yes I have an iPhone). Apps, settings, etc it's all their way or no way. I can't uninstall the Stocks app. Why? You can't tell me there's code in it needed by iOS, and if there was, why not move it to a required shared object / DLL type file and let.me.delete.Stocks. Now there are Facebook settings in the iOS general settings - WHY?! I deleted my facebook account and don't even have the app installed!
Control. I don't even hate U2, but this whole debacle pisses me off to no end. It may not have auto-downloaded, but I can't get it off my list unless I also remove all the other content that I (should not have!) bought on iTunes and CHOSE not to have on the iPhone this month. I went back to buying CD's and ripping them - you know why? Control. I can control the quality, whether I see them in the list, which cover artwork to embed, everything.
There's simply no intuitive, nice way of taking control away from a user without someone getting upset, and I don't see how anyone is surprised by that.
Wouldn't we all with that much cash on the line? No one wants their empires taking in any less than the previous day...
I believe this is also the reason someone (somewhere) in just about every camp (Mac, Win 8, Ubuntu as examples) thinks a desktop OS should start being gutted to look and work more like a mobile OS. I firmly believe LACK of features on mobiles (like real keyboards, mice, configurability/customizability, etc) are helping keep the PC market alive ever-so-slightly.
They aren't general problems in Linux either - they're usually related to graphics drivers. If you buy a video card that is well supposed in Linux on purpose you'll find everything runs quite well. It's all about being smart when you build a system - knowing you want to run whichever distro makes the hardware choices pretty easy.