Keep this in mind to illustrate what a troglodyte I am. In the mid nineties a friend installed a trial version of the ACDSee picture viewing program. He also installed a crack code for it. I was happy with it, but come the next Windows 95 reload, the crack would not work. Instead once a month I un-installed the program and re-installed it. I kept the original installation file through reloads of Windows and three or four new computers and would you believe that I still use it today, still once a month un-installing and re-installing. If I don't, I get a nuisance nag box.
I have tried Windows picture viewer and also Irfanview but neither does as simply as what ACDSee does, that is looking at pictures and sometimes rotating them.
With our first computer came a Norton Anti Virus. Before the word bloatware had been invented, I had already decided Norton was bloatware. It took over the computer and made for more trouble than it was worth. I now use AVG, which updates itself daily and just works away in the background and never interferes with anything. If you want AVG, you have to hunt pretty hard on their website to find the free version.
This brings me to the ITunes program. I am not sure what version I have, maybe 8 point something. I get nags to update, which I ignore, but I do wonder what I am missing out on at times and I am tempted. I think the program is very large and I know it can do heaps of stuffs but certain reading has given me some clarity of thought.
I don't need ITunes. I principally use it to download podcasts from ABC Radio National and BBC Radio 4. I am always hopelessly behind with listening to podcast but they are not normally too topical and can keep.
Possibly ITunes can automate all this, but given I use an MP3 player rather than an IPod, perhaps not. I turn on ITunes, it checks the areas I have nominated and automatically downloads the podcasts. I then go to Windows Explorer and drag all the podcasts into one folder and then drag them all onto my MP3 player and then go back to ITunes and individually delete the downloads. I just know it could be done much easier, but it is not a high priority for me to learn.
Nah, I don't want ITunes. All I want is something to check when new podcasts are uploaded. I can go to the site to grab the podcasts manually as quickly as any other way. I think I will check that the individual program sites for rss feeds that will alert me to new podcasts and then I will remove ITunes from my computer.
Btw, it is all Fen's fault that I ever installed ITunes. She mentioned her delight at finding the first episode of a second series of Is It Just Me had automatically downloaded to her ITunes and I thought, I must have this ITunes.