Disclaimer: This post is about my terrible experience with the iTunes software and the synch process.
I am a regular buyer of original CDs and I survived on digital copies for my music fix. My Windows routine was as simple as 1-2-3.
- Put in a CD into my PC and run Windows Media Player
- The CD details was provided, I confirmed the correct information was displayed and proceed to rip the CD into my external hard disk.
- Play my ripped WMA files from start to finish.
It was a good routine. End of the day, I get my new CD ripped in a digital format I can take everywhere with me. Nice and flexible.
My iTunes routine
1. Put in a CD into my PC and run iTunes.
2. After verifying the right CD title was displayed, I agreed to rip the CD into the iTunes Music Library.
Issue 1: iTunes Music Library by itself does not allow me to move the ripped files around easily. I don’t even have the flexibility to determine the location of my destination folder.
3. The source CD rip sequences was correct but the end results looks disastrous.
Issue 2: Tracks from the same album are scattered everywhere within the iTunes Library. What’s worst, iTunes Library don’t allow me to reorganised the scattered files.
I need my music collection organised. I cannot tolerated have orphan files scattered throughout my library. I’m not going to re-create a playlist for an album which I ripped from start till end.
The conversion speed from CD Audio to ACC (the only format supported by iTunes) is much slower compared to WMA conversion.
4. Insert my external hard disk to convert more WMA files into iTunes Music Library. Duh! The USB external hard disk cannot be detected or seen in Windows Explorer. Need to use regedit hack from Microsoft KB to “recover” my USB hard disk.
Issue 4: I have to hack my registry each time to “recover” hard disk detection upon insert. I can’t do it everytime I use iTunes!
End of the story, I really like listening to music with my iPod Shuffle (Gen 2). It’s a beautiful device, the Al (wiki) casing feel so cool and sexy to hold.
However iTunes v188.8.131.52 is like the fat, ugly, slow step-sister (like in Cinderalla) and inflexible piece of software crap. It limits my flexibility and makes it hard and longer for me to get my music in digital format and limits them to 1 location.
Any iTunes regular users have any insight to share with me on how to solve the scattered files problem?