I listen to the Buzz Out Load from CNet on a regular basis, and there has been recent discussion about the new iTunes 7 and problems with it. Here is some help. Note, this is based on version 6.x of iTunes, as I have not yet installed version 7 (see item 1).
- Do not be the first to upgrade to the latest version of any software -- wait and listen to the experience of others. If you really want the latest version now, make sure you have a sandbox machine to thoroughly test it out yourself. Oh, and when you install it on your primary machine, make sure you have your data files backed up.
- Many folks had complained about iTunes moving their files around. iTunes has a feature to let it manage your files (Keep iTunes Music Folder Organized). Likely version 7 just shipped with this featured turned on. I actually use this feature -- I remember having the same experience when I first turned it on.
- iTunes and QuickTime will run in the background and in your System Tray. And when you think you have removed them, they come back after the next time your start one of the programs. Get a program such as Microsoft Windows Defender that allows you to disable startup programs. Disable over delete is very important -- if you delete, they will re-install and re-appear. Disabling will not remove them from the install, therefore they wont re-install, but they still will not start. This also works real well for Acrobat and Real Player.