If any Mac user tells you that OS X doesn’t have all of the annoying updates that Windows has, please do me a favour and slap them around a bit with a large trout. Yesterday the OS X 10.4.7 update was released, which fixes a variety of functional and security bugs in OS X Tiger, which was around 40 MB to download. Then today, I’ve had QuickTime 7.1.2, iTunes 6.0.5 and the latest iPod firmware updater. These three roll in at over 100 MB, meaning that over two days I’ve downloaded 150 MB of updates.
Of these, the 10.4.7 update is important, so I don’t have many qualms there, and QuickTime is the main multimedia system in OS X so it’s also needed. I use iTunes quite a bit, so I suppose I need that updating, but my iPod is set up with my laptop, because setting it up on Windows means it uses the FAT32 file system instead of HFS+ and thus becomes infinitely more useful as you aren’t stuck with using it only on Macs. It also doesn’t have any firmware updates for iPod Minis, which means that even if I did set it up with my Mac there would still have been no point in downloading it.
I suppose I appreciate things like QuickTime and iTunes being pushed through Software Update, since they come with the OS and are useful, but the iPod stuff isn’t needed for me. Sure, I could opt not to install it this time around, but the next time I boot my machine I’m sure it’ll ask me to install it again.
Oh well, now I need to reboot to finish the QuickTime installation, so cheerio for now.