Following online discussion with the Anonymous Economist, who is a PC-based iPod addict, I should point out that the main problem I had with the Windows version of the iTunes software that accompanied my sister’s iPod Mini was her not being broadbanded up. It didn’t help that the program kept trying to dial out to download megs of stuff from the ‘Net, but the real pain was typing in track details without the system filling them in automatically from a central database. For example, every Windows software package ever written uses the tab keys to move between fields—except frigging iTunes. There seems to be no consistent rule separating clicking to insert text in a track, clicking to select a track, or clicking to play it; and the sensitive areas of each row are both small and unmarked. All of this is probably something you don’t have to think about if you have a reasonably large pipe to the Internet, but users in that situation shouldn’t be discriminated against by programmers’ laziness.