They want Palladium. That's right. Fuck dual cores and clock speed, this is all about them being able to deliver dvd's right to your greedy little hands via iTunes. Or whatever the fuck they're going to name it. Your moldy piece of toast will happily download Charlies Angels IV, let you watch it without pausing, capturing the screen, broadcasting it, or doing anything the MPAA doesn't want you to do with it. When it's done playing, iTunes (or whatever) will cheerfully delete it from your moldy piece of toast without you having any say in the matter. You may remember this process from the last time you watched "Naughty Nurses XXIV" on pay-per-view at a hotel. It's the same shit, different day. Steve-motherfuckin-Jobs wants to OWN you and your computer. There's no getting around it.
Over a year ago, I said that. And in the process of getting Naughty Nurses onto my computer via iTunes, they have so horribly mangled that application I find it nigh impossible to use. It is so cluttered with information and marketing, that I can't seem to figure out how to rename my music library "Asspants". Furthermore, since there is no more playlist named "Videos", all my smart playlists which filter out videos (so my iPod doesn't try to download them -- I use smart playlists to manage my iPod) are broken. I have no idea how I'm going to fix this.
All this in the name of progress. Or, for the cynics, to make a buck for Ol Steve.
Steve, give me my goddamn BSD, mpg123, SQLLite to manage my database of music, and rsync to stuff it onto my iPod. I have earned the right to use my computer as an expert. Sure, there are five year olds who use Macs, but maybe you should make it possible for people with three or four neurons to use their computers, too. Fucking wanker.