These extra limited-use apps are piling up

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.

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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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  • And iTunes would be classed as? <NT>

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    Scrat
    • A front end for an online store and media management

      software.

      Was that too hard for you to get?

      The complaint is that WEB BROWSER based media delivery systems are requiring you to download separate standalone players.

      I'll make it simpler for you. The equivalent would be you having to use iTunes to shop for music or videos then download ANOTHER app to actually download or play your purchases.
      frgough
  • Amazon Downloader

    worked fine for the first album I bought
    but the second froze at 57% and required 27 minutes o the phone to acquire
    don't know if there'll be a third

    A
    andycher