Why do I have to install iTunes when installing Quicktime?

I just installed Microsoft Expression Suite and Visual Studio "Orcas" on a Windows Server 2003 Virtual PC image and when running Expression Media, I get:

"Quicktime is not installed on this computer. Do you want to download and install Quicktime now?"

Why yes, yes I do. However the download page doesn’t allow an installation without iTunes.

Now, why would I want iTunes? It’s a server, built for a development environment and further, I don’t (and won’t) own an iPod; my phone is all I need.

Kudos to the bigger brains at Apple: despite being strong-armed into installing unneeded software, I was able to remove iTunes via Control Panel, Add / Remove Programs.

Of course, it required a reboot.

Update: I take the kudos above back. The uninstall process left behind a service called “iPod Service” with the description of “iPod hardware management services”.

Apple: I don’t own an iPod. Why do I need this service?

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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