How Amazon has proven that iTunes is totally obsolete

Summary:Isn't it time Apple just put iTunes out of our misery and killed the blasted thing off?

How many of you bought Kindle Fires recently? Go ahead. Raise your hands.

Wow, that's a lot of you. Okay, how many of you are running apps on the Kindle Fire? Yeah, that's what I expected. Most of you.

See also: 7 reasons the Kindle Fire is better than the iPad

How many of you have music or videos on your Kindle Fires? Hmm...same sorts of numbers. Almost everyone in the room.

See also: 12 things that kinda suck about the Kindle Fire

Okay, here's the million dollar question. How many of you installed some big, ungainly, memory-hogging, unreliable, poorly designed program on your PCs or Macs, just to be able to configure and manage your Kindle Fires?

Anyone? Anyone? Ferris? Bueller? Bueller?

What you hear, ladies and gentlemen, is the sound of silence. No one had to install anything like the beastly iTunes to do anything with their Kindle Fire. In fact, no one had to install any software whatsoever to manage their Kindle Fires (as long has they had access to a Web browser).

See also: When to buy an Android tablet and when to buy a Kindle Fire

Amazon has proven that there's absolutely no need for an iTunes-like interface to accomplish everything Apple claims iTunes is needed to do.

That sound of silence you're hearing is Amazon proving that iTunes is totally obsolete. Isn't it time Apple just put iTunes out of our misery and killed the blasted thing off?

Topics: Apple, Amazon, Hardware, Mobility


In addition to hosting the ZDNet Government and ZDNet DIY-IT blogs, CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz is an author, U.S. policy advisor and computer scientist. He is featured in The History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets, is one of America's foremost cyber-security experts, and is a top expert on savi... Full Bio

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