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Mix: BadApple, iTunes problems, RipDigital & Tweeter

MP3.com founder Michael Robertson is targeting iTunes with a new version of his “BadApple” software, which allows people to use iTunes to sync their music collections with non-Apple MP3 players.

Some users of iTunes 5, which was released last week alongside the new iPod nano and ROKR phone, are reporting a range of problems on Apple’s support forums and elsewhere.

RipDigital and home entertainment retailer Tweeter have announced the first nationwide retail roll out of a CD-to-digital audio conversion service. Tweeter will now offer RipDigital’s service in its 160 retail stores. For information on other trustworthy CD ripping services, you can find our individual reviews of professional CD rippers here, and a comparison table in our Free iPod Book.

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Yes!  I’m glad this has come up (bugs in iTunes 5).  Now I know it’s not just my computer.

I’ve been having major problems since I downloaded iTunes.  It conflicts with my firewall/anit-virus/spyware detection software (Zero-Knowledge/Freedom) to the point where if I have any sort of auto-protect function turned on, iTunes’s Bonjour service interferes with it and reboots my PC.  (What function does Bonjour serve anyway?).  So I find I have to turn all my auto-protect features off just to use iTunes, but then I get swamped with spyware (a manual scan after using iTunes for only an hour revealed I had over 400 spyware and tracking-cookies). 

So while I’m not sure what the exact nature of the bug is, for me the problem lies in this conflict with security software.

Oh, and one final gripe—the new iTunes skin looks cheap and ugly.  Ver. 4.9 was much better.

Posted by James on September 14, 2005 at 12:29 AM (CDT)


Bonjour is their new name for zeroconf.  If others have iTunes sharing on the same network, iTunes would find it for you automatically, or that would be the idea.

Posted by wco81 on September 14, 2005 at 12:53 AM (CDT)


James is absolutely right about all this. 4.9 was better, and it did look better. They made so many previous versions that were great, where was the damn problem here? There shouldn’t have been one.

Posted by Jack on September 14, 2005 at 1:51 AM (CDT)


I definately agree about 4.9 looking MUCH better.  Also, I am also experiencing some kind of bug with itunes.  I can’t even get itunes to open anymore now that I installed v5, it gives me an error message when i try to open it.  The worst thing is that I’ve tried uninstalling and reinstalling, and repairing, and anything else conceivable and none of it has worked.  I really need some kind of fix from apple.

Posted by Ari on September 14, 2005 at 7:07 AM (CDT)


i made the mistake of using badapple for itunes 7 then i found out it only works on older versions of itunes so after downloading older an older version my music wouldn’t play i have uninstalled badapple but my itunes store is now cut off

Posted by Jen on June 11, 2008 at 3:03 AM (CDT)

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