It has been fairly heavily trailed that Apples is going to sunset the current itunes programme, and split out music, TV/film and podcasts into separate apps, as already happens on ios. So how we are feeling – good riddance to what is a pretty bloated piece of progamming, or oddly sentimental about the potential end of such classics as ‘View as artists’ ‘Create new smart playlist’ and ‘sort by songs’. Having gone through the near-death experience of losing a decade’s worth of playcounts I am kind of more relaxed about it in terms of stats. However, it’s still insanely useful for those of us who burn CDs – and can’t help feeling that will go too. There are many around here who still use ipods, and I wonder what it will mean for them.
I updated itunes at the end of last week, and perhaps co-incidentally playcount has stopped working completely. Nothing being recorded in the playcount column. Any thoughts on how to solve this? Yes have done a basic google and nothing recent that provides a how-to would appear to be on the apple help forums or similar.
A technical query here for you geniuses of The Massive. My PC has suddenly decided to stop burning audio CDs – I’ve tried both iTunes (my usual method) and Windows Media Player, and in both cases, the burn seems to go OK for 10-15 seconds before the programme completely hangs with no error messages, and I have to shut down the programme via task manager to use the PC again.
It doesn’t seem to be a problem with the drive, as I can listen to and rip audio CDs, and also burn data CDs (and I can watch, rip and burn DVDs, no problem), it’s just burning audio CDs which is the problem…
Any easy solutions or even troubleshooting tips would be appreciated – thank you all!
Can anyone shed any light on the logic behind Apple’s pricing structure hopefully highlighted in the attached pic? Beyond me, I can tell you.
OK – trying to add/delete music on mu iPod Touch – I delete it from the IPod through the Mac but its still there later on the iPod (but doesn’t show in the Mac). Tried syncing it after deleting but now if I delete anything through the Mac iTunes tries to autofill my iPod and I don’t know how to stop it! Can anyone help me?
Help! iTunes library – if I want to look at my library organised by artist I get multiple entries for certain artists – it seems to that certain albums/tracks as being by different artist even though I’ve tried just copying and pasting the artist name to avoid any silly mistakes re spacing etc – for does it seem to have anything to dos with file type, genre or anything else I can think of. It works fine under the other hearings, it’s just under ‘artist’ it goes crazy – and when I want to browse by artist through the Apple TV certain albums don’t show up at all. It is infuriating. can anyone help?
Help – something’s happened to my Mac and my entire iTunes, all 25,000 items, have disappeared. They must be there somewhere cos they’re using up the usual 260+ gb in storage, but I can’t find them in the library. It’s blanks apart from some stuff that was purchased through iTunes. tried doing a restore from Time Machine but I don’t have enough storage space… I think it’s just looking in the wrong place, or something. Any help would be greatly, greatly appreciated….
Can anyone recommend an iTunes alternative music management tool for mac that doesn’t require pretending to still use windows? Preferably free/cheap. After my iPod classic died last week I’ve followed the recommendation of others here and gone for a fiio x3. I think the sound is definitely miles better – assuming I have not brainwashed myself. Although I am still getting used to the different buttons and slightly slower response times the only big downside at the moment is that each time I add an album (as I have been in the habit of doing 3 or 4 times a week)it updates the whole library and with 110g that can take half an hour. May need to time my updates a bit better. This has encouraged me to look at managing the library better. Music monkey sounded the trick but running on mac looks unduly complicated. What do other mac users here use as an alternative to iTunes? Is it worth the effort?
I have a new work phone, an iPhone 6S. I need to keep it synced to iCloud for Contacts, E Mail, Calendar entries, that sort of thing. My wife already has an iPhone, so all of her Contacts and Calendar entries were showing up in my phone, and vice versa. I have now set her up with a separate iCloud id, which has fixed her being able to see my Contacts and Calendar – but I can still see hers. I have now turned off Contacts & Calendar on her phone from syncing, but it hasn’t made any difference. In short, my phone has iCloud set up on the main iTunes id, with my work e-mail as a sub account. My wife’s is set up on the main iTunes id for music & photos but everything else is set to a different iTunes & Cloud id. Why am I still seeing her Contacts & Calendar on my phone?
Like many of you, I’m sure, I’ve signed up for my 3 month free trial of Apple Music and Mr Ian Tunes will be banking on me, and millions of others forgetting to cancel so he gets his £9.99 a month. So far, I have to say I’m a bit underwhelmed. The catalogue seems comparable to Spotify, and works well enough, sounds fine..once you’ve found it. The interface is confusing – took some time before I figured out where you go to stream music (Radio? For You? New?). However I was interested to see the additional whistles and bells that might give it the edge over Spotify, Deezer or just good old YouTube.
The ‘Connect’ feature seems like a complete white elephant. I presumed it would find bands I’ve already got in my library and give me access to the latest news and exclusives – but of the 1,300 artists it seems only Animal Collective, Underworld and..er..The Lancashire Hotpots wish to ‘connect’ with any content. For the time being this doesn’t look like it’s going to squash Facebook or Twitter as the way for bands to ‘reach’ you.
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Quick check in with others. I’ve lost my mp3 player, and in its absence have finally started using my iphone 5 as a music player when out and about. Having demo-ed both spotify premium (ie offline) and itunes it seems that Spotify drains the battery at a significantly slower rate, but that itunes gives a slightly better sound quality. Would others agree?
Recently the Last FM community has been gnashing its teeth over the latest itunes update, which moves it to 64-bit and renders it impossible to scrobble to last fm from via its itunes plugin.
What you say? Last FM is a music database website with desktop clients and plug-ins that enables you to consolidate your playcounts from itunes, windows media player, Spotify etc into one place. It’s clearly been struggling recently to sustain itself and the itunes issues shows no signs of being fixed anytime soon though there are unofficial work-arounds in the forums.
I love last fm, wish it well, but can’t help feel it’s time may be drawing to a close. So, should I start to think about somewhere else to scrobble to – their word for recording playcounts. And, crucially, who offers a migration function for the 20,000 odd scrobbles on my last fm profile?