Now this is just plain ridiculous. I headed on over to LAUNCH to check out the new Britney Spears video at http://launch.yahoo.com/promos/britneyspears/
Now, I’m not really a fan of Britney Spears, but she isnice to look at. And throwing Madonna into the mix is an eye-candy bonus.
So, running Apple’s Safari browser under Mac OS X 10.2.8, I click the link to view the new video. Up pops an error message telling me that I need to use Netscape 4.7.x to view the video. WTF? I have to use an obsolete browser to use this site?
Let’s see here… Mac OS X has been around for about three years now. And Netscape 4.7 has never been available for Mac OS X, because Netscape 6 was out by the time OS X was available.
So I have to boot my Mac into the old OS, Mac OS 9, where I just happen to have an old copy of Netscape 4.7 sitting around. I loaded the site in Netscape, and clicked the View link again. The site waits until this point to tell me that I need Windows Media Player 7 in order to watch the video. @#$#%! Sigh. So I download and install WMP 7 for Mac OS 9 (The intallation of which requires me to reboot my computer. Though since I was running OS 9 in emulation under Mac OS X, it actually just required logging out and back in again.)
Okay, so now I have WMP installed, and Netscape 4.7 running. Once again I load the page and click the link. The proper window pops up, with the expected viewing interface. Success!!!
Oh, no wait. Now nothing more is happening. Well, I’ll give it time to preload the video… but five minutes later (more than enough time with my DSL connection) nothing more has happened. @#$%!
So I’ve booted into an obsolete OS that I no longer use for anything, fired up an obsolete browser, installed an obsolete media player, all for nothing.
This is the most asinine display of Mac discrimination I have ever seen in 7+ years on the Internet. What this experience tells me is that LAUNCH has done nothing in more than three years to facilitate Macintosh access to their site.
And to top it off, finding a contact link so that I can express my disdain directly to these fools is an exercise in frustration. Ogling Britney Spears is not worth going to these ridiculous lengths.