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Continuing on with the topic of music library organization, here’s a bit of a response to the guys from ABftS.

So apparently iTunes is a bitch to deal with when managing large music collections? I’ve heard that iTunes is shit before, but never really got it. So could someone please enlighten me?
Okay wait no. Let me lay out some negatives I can see first. The iTunes Store is stupid as balls and essentially a worthless part of the application. And yeah, the audio codecs it supports are really rather limited. Hell, ALAC (Apple’s own lossless audio format) has a larger footprint than the way more common FLAC, which is pretty ridiculous. It’s not a dealbreaker for me though, since converting between lossless formats is, well, lossless.

There’s probably some usability issues in there as well, especially with the Windows version, what with it not being native and the devs being dicks and all that. Still, I think it doesn’t lose much. It grants easy access to every little piece of metadata you’ll ever need, which is great for organizing. And then there’s the smart playlists, time to put that metadata to good use! Great for organizing, building special playlists, or just getting a good overview of what tracks meet certain conditions. Oh and did I mention you can make your own scripts for the thing? Pretty neat if you ask me.

Okay sure, iTunes can get meddling with your filesystem and all that. Actually no it doesn’t, and that’s the problem. It needs everything in its own folders exactly the way it wants it to. It sorts files by artist and then album, which is nice, but it kind of falls short with compilations and tracks without artist. Can get pretty messy, sadly.

Honestly I’m kind of locked into it since I rely on it for putting music on my iPod. I’m always willing to try alternatives, but I’ve made do with iTunes for so long it’s kind of grown on me. And really, it isn’t that bad, is it?

Oh, by the way, I hereby dub Electro Swing genre of the month.
~ Fang

Comments

  • 06/12/2013 (3:17 AM)

    I can’t say I’ve ever really had a problem with iTunes. I never found anything better for my iPod (though if you’re interested in alternatives try WinAMP, it’s not bad at all) and the playlists are pretty easy and great to organise. When my iPod died I had to replace it with an MP3 player and that’s the only time I’ve had issues. iTunes doesn’t support regular old MP3 players and the playlist creation sucked on every other thing I tried. I’m already back to using my phone as an MP3 player.

  • 06/12/2013 (1:43 AM)

    Yes, yes and yes. After reformatting my computer, it was a pain transferring songs from my iPod back onto my computer. The frequent updates that don’t do anything, and occasionally make things more confusing.

    But the part that irks me the most is that iTunes not only charges more for music via its store BUT also gives the artist’s less. That, is just wrong.

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