Posts Tagged ‘iTunes

03
Nov
10

that syncing feeling

I’ve lusted after the Apple iPod Touch for some time now but have always stayed well clear of it due to it’s reliance on iTunes which appears to run beautifully on a Mac, but whenever I’ve tried to work with it on a PC, I’ve had nothing but grief. Clunky. Prone to crashing. If I were a conspiracy theorist, I’d say that the evil geniuses at Apple have deliberately made it run badly on a PC just to encourage people to go out and buy a Mac…
Over the past year or so, I have asked many people who own an iPod and a PC if they have any problems with iTunes and more often than not, the reply is that iTunes is great and runs perfectly on a PC. I heard this response so many times that, foolishly, I gave in, believed them and splashed out on a new 4G 64gb iPod Touch.

It is beautiful and very clever. It makes many things (e-mail on the move, mobile internet, timewasting playing strange little games) so easy and so accessible that it is hard not to keep my hands off it’s beautiful, touch sensitive screen for more than 5 minutes. Unfortunately, iTunes has managed to mangle my carefully tended virtual collection of music into a strange heirachy of performers and composers so that half of an album appears in one place with assorted track appearing scattered across any number of files and folders. And this is after allowing iTunes to “convert” my existing virtual music collection to an iPod compatible file type (AAC) only to find out that they then needed converting to another file type (MP3) if the files are to be read by anything else but an iPod. The original conversion to AAC took approximately 20 hours and then another 20 hours from AAC to MP3. And this was after a lengthy, angsty telephone call for help to Hauling My Carcass who has much more experience of the “joys” of iTunes than I. Then all the redundant AAC files needed to be taken from my system manually to ensure that all files had copied over and to rename MP3 files – about another 10 hours. Oh, and did I mention that whilst converting the files, iTunes keeps all the originals – this meant that half way through, my PC ran out of memory and old files had to be backed up onto an external hard drive before any more files could be converted. Oh, and it doesn’t recognise all the cover artwork already installed in Windows Media Player and now most of my collection has no cover image to go with the music file. And my music is still stored seemingly at random.
All this hassle is at odds with the simplicity and intuitive use of the iPod. I hate to say it, but for organisation and ease of use for music, Windows Media Player is miles better than iTunes. And the sneaky way in which iTunes automatically converts to an Apple only music file format leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
So, as Apple has stolen all my free time, there has been very little running since the introduction of iTunes into my life. 2 runs to be precise although one of these was a direct response to the frustrations of trying to work with iTunes… it was either go out for a run or let out some sort of primal howl before dissolving into heavy sobs. And it was a brilliant run… no Garmin, no planned route, just a cathartic run in my VFF’s to get rid of some of the tension. Every so often it is great to run just for the hell of it – no distance obligations, no set time to run for or trying to beat – just running until you don’t feel like running any more. So that’s what I did… maybe I have iTunes to thank for something after all.

Soundtrack to this post: None because I can’t find any of my music any more




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