These extra limited-use apps are piling up

Summary:Amazon launched its DRM-free music store and all you need is a lightweight downloader application. This application is a small trade-off, but is an annoyance nonetheless.

Amazon launched its DRM-free music store and all you need is a lightweight downloader application.

This application is a small trade-off, but is an annoyance nonetheless. ZDNet user Tripell sums it up in a Talkback:

A separate downloader does sound stupid, any number of ways to save it to the local computer.

Others have questioned why Amazon has a downloader app, but at least the e-commerce giant isn't alone. Turns out these extra applications (which happen to ride shotgun with digital media) are starting to add up --and I'm getting sick of them.

To wit:

  • To watch a full episode at ABC.com you need to download a player and restart. This wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have a handful of players already installed. Do I really need one more?
  • CBS.com requires me to download a Real Player plug-in to view an episode.
  • And when NBC launches its full ad-supported episodes it too will have a player.

Wasn't the Flash player supposed to take care of these little headaches? Apparently not when everyone is trying to reinvent the wheel. Bottom line: A little more focus on the user experience and a little less attention to requiring various apps would be a boon to customers.

Topics: Hardware, Apps, Browser, Mobility, Security

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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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