Talk about marketing muscle! Apple iTunes cards are everywhere, yes? If only iTunes wasn’t such a Trojan Horse when it comes to your media library. iTunes is like letting the door-to-door vacuum salesman “spread a little dirt” and demonstrate the new product…
Not that there’s anything really wrong with that, I mean, it will be a long while before he returns to demonstrate the monster cleaner, after my wife and I toyed with him, and virtually scored a complete house detailing. I like Kirbys, even the venerable Electrolux. Like iTunes and Apple, they just cost too much for my liking, in price and computer resources in Apple’s case.
Kind of ironic that Apple blames Adobe and Flash Player as the root of all evil, and at the same time, if you aren’t careful with that installation screen, Quicktime and iTunes will absorb you into the Borg. Or was it Landru? I can’t help but think of Anthony Zerbe in The Omega Man for some reason, beckoning his followers in the dark…
Remember that the Fuze+ is the only current Sansa that plays unprotected AAC natively. Otherwise, you need MP3 format for the Clip / Clip+ from iTunes, or with Rockbox, you can indeed play AAC. Installing Rockbox so you can redeem an iTunes gift card does somehow reminiscent of using tactical nuclear weapons to solve a fruit fly infestation.
Just remember, if it’s from iTunes, the media format is important when playing on a “non-Apple” device. In iTunes, there’s a convert to MP3 function. Uh, simply insert credit card, and twist? I don’t know if a gift card redeemed track has no DRM, but I would hope so, in any case.
But, if the recipient of that gift card is into something completely different, perhaps Rockbox can be part of the adventure. DO read up on that before taking the plunge, however. Removing Rockbox or iTunes has its own risks. We’ll have to consult Doctor Neville for his vaccine, perhaps? I love those old movies.