This is fabulous.

I am now, for the first time in my life, the owner of an Apple product; I got an iTouch for my birthday.

I love it.

It’s a beautiful piece of technology and it has met all of my expectations, both good and bad. I love the screen, the software is fluid and intuitive. The interface is elegant and efficient. The keyboard sucks and typing is a horrid chore. The lack of flash is irritating, but mitigated by the hordes of developers working to create iPhone replacements for web-based flash video.The apps are creative and clever and I’ve found a number of ways to while away hours playing with it. Storage space is severely limited, but with a handy little product called Orb, the limited storage isn’t an obstacle.

The biggest drawback, without a doubt, is iTunes. iTunes is simply an awful piece of crapware that I loathe more every time I launch it. It’s buggy, unresponsive, and installs hidden spyware and masked utility processes on your computer without notifying you. The interface is clunky, counter-intuitive, unresponsive, confusing, and uninformative. The product can’t be customized, support is non-existent and the user community is too stocked with fan-boys and clueless tweeners for user-based support to be of any practical use.

I’ve not found a way to completely ditch iTunes yet, but Songbird is my best bet right now, but I think I’ll always be in some ways tethered to iTunes, which stinks, stinks, stinks.

iTunes is now DRM free, which is nice, but the program still stinks. Don’t get me wrong, iTunes has great content, but it makes finding and accessing that content a major pain.