Given Apple’s skeumorphism fetish of late, making onscreen calendars into leather-trimmed nonsense and a game-center home screen taken from a Las Vegas backwater casino and so on, I suppose we should all just be glad that the new iTunes 11 isn’t built around a visual metaphor of a 1970s high-end turntable. Count your blessings, etc.
But all the other problems with the new iTunes aside -- and even some of the pleasant things -- I simply do not understand why, in 2012, when I’ve purchased a book on iTunes for use in iBooks I can’t read the damn thing on my computer. I buy an e-book on Kindle and its almost guaranteed I can read it on my Kitchen-Aid stand mixer if that’s the nearest appliance in a pinch. I try to read an iBooks e-book and I’m immediately told to go find another device, sucker.
This is why I don’t buy iBooks anymore, even if I can’t buy Kindle books directly from my iPad Kindle reader. I’d jump through flaming e-hoops to purchase the Kindle version of a book rather than the Apple version, since Amazon (for all its faults) will at least let me read the book on more than on or two damn devices.I still loooooove Apple hardware and OS X, but the software increasingly makes me wonder why I stick around for this. Just try and use Pages or Numbers in an actual professional capacity. It's even worse than trying to play movies on a program perplexingly still named "tunes."