So, in summary, to be allowed the privilege of purchasing a video that I can’t burn to DVD and can’t watch on my iPod, I have to allow a program to hijack my start-up and force me to login to uninstall it? No way. Sorry, Amazon. I love a lot of what you do, but I will absolutely not recommend this service.
iTunes Music Store fans certainly can’t complain about the fact that you have to download Amazon’s own player software, but installing a bunch of hidden startup processes is unseemly, even on Windows.
[Update: A couple of readers have pointed out that iTunes for Windows also installs hard-to-disable background processes (iTunesHelper and iPodService). Still seems like the reviews for Amazon Unbox are overwhelmingly negative, though.
★ Saturday, 9 September 2006