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Re: iPod Questions

#26 Post by sldawgs » 23 Nov 2008, 17:09

Agrajag wrote:I guess that's one thing I didn't think about... I have almost 26 GB of music, so I could carry EVERYthing around with me plus some video if I get the 32...

Decisions decisions...
What decision? The 32 has twice the memory, for not twice the price. $100 more and you double your memory.
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Re: iPod Questions

#27 Post by Agrajag » 23 Nov 2008, 23:38

sldawgs wrote:
Agrajag wrote:I guess that's one thing I didn't think about... I have almost 26 GB of music, so I could carry EVERYthing around with me plus some video if I get the 32...

Decisions decisions...
What decision? The 32 has twice the memory, for not twice the price. $100 more and you double your memory.
Mathematically, it makes perfect sense...

In reality, I do have the mortgage payments starting in about a month, and bills should probably start coming soon too... Plus Christmas gifts for other people...
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Re: iPod Questions

#28 Post by fishn4 » 24 Nov 2008, 18:46

I am looking at the Ipod Nano 4th Gen. for some Christmas gifts. Seems a lot of people have trouble with the shake feature though (accelerator or something like that changing the song with too much movement?). Anyone have any experience with this or suggestions?

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Re: iPod Questions

#29 Post by Agrajag » 27 Nov 2008, 21:15

Not sure if this is a problem I can fix, or if it's just a bug with the old-school iPod Shuffle or what, but I figured I'd ask here...

I have the old iPod Shuffle

After I listen to Podcasts and random Genius playlists (or before Genius, just random songs), I would dock the iPod into my laptop to delete the old songs and add new ones.

About 50% of the time, the Last Played Date would update to that day (when I plugged the iPod into the laptop) and the Play Counts would increment--this was an easy way for me to see how many of the songs I listened to and which ones to leave on. The other 50% of the time, Last Played and the Play Counts wouldn't change at all.

It's a minor annoyance with my Podcasts (iTunes tells me there are some unlistened-to Podcasts when there really aren't)--an annoyance I can easily fix by playing the Podcast for a second and then stopping it.

However, I'm starting to wonder if there is more Genius could do if I had a more accurate Master Playlist, with higher Play Counts, etc.

As I googled for help, I found some boards talking about the iPod Shuffle not having an internal clock, so it had no way to update Last Played--however I'm thinking iTunes eventually offered a fix because Last Played does update 50% of the time (however, because there's no clock, all songs have the date/minute the iPod was plugged into the computer).

Anyone have better Google-skillz or know of a way to get my iTunes Library to update every time? Or is it just time to go buy that iTouch and get rid of this Shuffle?
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Re: iPod Questions

#30 Post by Nunis » 28 Nov 2008, 00:56

Agrajag wrote:Or is it just time to go buy that iTouch and get rid of this Shuffle?
It's time to upgrade, buddy. Not necessarily to an iPod Touch, but you can't be stuck with a 4-year-old iPod and expect it to work flawlessly with iTunes. Apple generally just give up on the old models after a while. I have a 2nd generation Shuffle which I only use when I exercise and it's fine for that purpose, but I wouldn't use it as my primary iPod.

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Re: iPod Questions

#31 Post by Agrajag » 18 Dec 2008, 21:28

OK... Another thing that had annoyed me before the iTouch FAILed was the artwork connected to some of my music.

99% of my iTunes library was uploaded from my CD collection. A lot of the music is without album artwork and some of the albums have really wrong artwork (by Pulp Fiction Soundtrack has some cover with a pumpkin/jack-o-lantern on it, my Chicago Soundtrack has some "Chicago Blues" album).

I haven't really used iTunes much, but is there some easy way to get better, correct artwork? I somehow have the "Just Add Whiskey" artwork but I can't remember if I uploaded that or maybe Nunis just imbedded the artwork herself into the songs...
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Re: iPod Questions

#32 Post by Nunis » 18 Dec 2008, 23:52

Agrajag wrote:OK... Another thing that had annoyed me before the iTouch FAILed was the artwork connected to some of my music.

99% of my iTunes library was uploaded from my CD collection. A lot of the music is without album artwork and some of the albums have really wrong artwork (by Pulp Fiction Soundtrack has some cover with a pumpkin/jack-o-lantern on it, my Chicago Soundtrack has some "Chicago Blues" album).

I haven't really used iTunes much, but is there some easy way to get better, correct artwork? I somehow have the "Just Add Whiskey" artwork but I can't remember if I uploaded that or maybe Nunis just imbedded the artwork herself into the songs...
The easiest way is to highlight all the songs in an album, and then right click and choose Get Album Artwork. If you music is tagged correctly with artist and album name, most albums will have artwork which is then downloaded.

Or you could GIS for an image, right click on that, choose copy ("Copy Image" in Firefox). Then go to iTunes, highlight the songs you want to apply the image to, right click, choose Get Info. In the little artwork box, hit ctrl-V to paste in your copied image.

In most cases when I take stuff from my library and share it with others, it does have the album artwork with it. However, this is not guaranteed.

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Re: iPod Questions

#33 Post by Philip » 19 Dec 2008, 01:35

Nunis wrote:
Agrajag wrote:OK... Another thing that had annoyed me before the iTouch FAILed was the artwork connected to some of my music.

99% of my iTunes library was uploaded from my CD collection. A lot of the music is without album artwork and some of the albums have really wrong artwork (by Pulp Fiction Soundtrack has some cover with a pumpkin/jack-o-lantern on it, my Chicago Soundtrack has some "Chicago Blues" album).

I haven't really used iTunes much, but is there some easy way to get better, correct artwork? I somehow have the "Just Add Whiskey" artwork but I can't remember if I uploaded that or maybe Nunis just imbedded the artwork herself into the songs...
The easiest way is to highlight all the songs in an album, and then right click and choose Get Album Artwork. If you music is tagged correctly with artist and album name, most albums will have artwork which is then downloaded.

Or you could GIS for an image, right click on that, choose copy ("Copy Image" in Firefox). Then go to iTunes, highlight the songs you want to apply the image to, right click, choose Get Info. In the little artwork box, hit ctrl-V to paste in your copied image.
When I need to do this, I typically go to Amazon and drag the relevant image from the page to the artwork box.

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Re: iPod Questions

#34 Post by Nunis » 19 Dec 2008, 02:20

Philip wrote:When I need to do this, I typically go to Amazon and drag the relevant image from the page to the artwork box.
I sometimes do this, but I find that Amazon often have a lot of white padding surrounding their artwork images. I usually do a Google Image Search, and if I'm feeling ambitious, I copy a high-res one into Photoshop, save it as something like 600x600 and then drag that jpg into the artwork box in iTunes.

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Re: iPod Questions

#35 Post by sldawgs » 19 Dec 2008, 06:53

Nunis wrote:
Philip wrote:When I need to do this, I typically go to Amazon and drag the relevant image from the page to the artwork box.
I sometimes do this, but I find that Amazon often have a lot of white padding surrounding their artwork images. I usually do a Google Image Search, and if I'm feeling ambitious, I copy a high-res one into Photoshop, save it as something like 600x600 and then drag that jpg into the artwork box in iTunes.
I love to use Snip It in these situations. It is a program in Windows Vista (don't laugh). When you use it you highlight an area on the screen, no matter what it is and Snip It will then save it as a jpeg or png file. Then I don't have to go to Photoshop and crop it down to size. Works great on the Amazon white space problem. I also use this to get all my DVD screen captures.
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Re: iPod Questions

#36 Post by Nunis » 19 Dec 2008, 06:57

sldawgs wrote:I love to use Snip It in these situations. It is a program in Windows Vista (don't laugh). When you use it you highlight an area on the screen, no matter what it is and Snip It will then save it as a jpeg or png file. Then I don't have to go to Photoshop and crop it down to size. Works great on the Amazon white space problem. I also use this to get all my DVD screen captures.
On a Mac there's a keyboard shortcut built in that does this. :tongue:

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Re: iPod Questions

#37 Post by Philip » 19 Dec 2008, 18:21

Nunis wrote:
Philip wrote:When I need to do this, I typically go to Amazon and drag the relevant image from the page to the artwork box.
I sometimes do this, but I find that Amazon often have a lot of white padding surrounding their artwork images.
Yeah, that is a nuisance. It used to bother me but now I just live with. I've already wasted enough of my life being OCD with my ITunes library.

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#38 Post by Nunis » 20 Dec 2008, 01:42

Philip wrote:
Nunis wrote:
Philip wrote:When I need to do this, I typically go to Amazon and drag the relevant image from the page to the artwork box.
I sometimes do this, but I find that Amazon often have a lot of white padding surrounding their artwork images.
Yeah, that is a nuisance. It used to bother me but now I just live with. I've already wasted enough of my life being OCD with my ITunes library.
What? One can never waste enough of one's life being OCD with iTunes.

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#39 Post by Agrajag » 22 Dec 2008, 08:30

Nunis wrote:
Philip wrote:
Nunis wrote:
Philip wrote:When I need to do this, I typically go to Amazon and drag the relevant image from the page to the artwork box.
I sometimes do this, but I find that Amazon often have a lot of white padding surrounding their artwork images.
Yeah, that is a nuisance. It used to bother me but now I just live with. I've already wasted enough of my life being OCD with my ITunes library.
What? One can never waste enough of one's life being OCD with iTunes.
Yeah... I'm finding a lot of bugs in library... not looking forward to fixing them all

Thanks for the help with the artwork... seems to be working
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#40 Post by Agrajag » 27 Dec 2008, 20:19

I'm having problems syncing my iTouch... Under the Music tab, you can either Sync Music "All songs and playlists" or "Selected playlists"

How can I simply link all songs and not the playlists (I'm assuming this duplicates songs and eats up space)

I think when I first synced it last week, it made a playlist "Keith's iTouch Selection" but it apparently doesn't automatically update when new songs are added... Is there a way I can make that playlist auto-update and then I'll sync just the one playlist?
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#41 Post by Nunis » 28 Dec 2008, 00:57

Playlists don't duplicate songs. The songs are just on the iPod once -- the playlist is just a reference to which order to play songs in.

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#42 Post by Agrajag » 28 Dec 2008, 16:25

Nunis wrote:Playlists don't duplicate songs. The songs are just on the iPod once -- the playlist is just a reference to which order to play songs in.
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#43 Post by mmmmm movies » 01 Jan 2009, 23:28

So I'm thinking of getting an iPod. I would use it mostly for music and movies. I see the iPod Classic 120 GB is priced at $237.50. The iTouch 16GB is $300.00 and the iTouch 32GB is $400.00. With the amount of extra memory you can get with the Classic for much less, I'm having a hard time looking at the iTouch. I know it has wifi capabilities and a larger screen, but what else will I miss if I go for the cheaper (larger memory) Classic? Please keep in mind, I'm not looking for a phone/camera, so the iPhone doesn't seem worth it to me. Is 120 GB just way too much memory? Will the 32GB serve me well? Is the smaller Classic screen too small to watch movies while traveling? Thanks for the feedback.
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mmmmm movies wrote:So I'm thinking of getting an iPod. I would use it mostly for music and movies. I see the iPod Classic 120 GB is priced at $237.50. The iTouch 16GB is $300.00 and the iTouch 32GB is $400.00. With the amount of extra memory you can get with the Classic for much less, I'm having a hard time looking at the iTouch. I know it has wifi capabilities and a larger screen, but what else will I miss if I go for the cheaper (larger memory) Classic? Please keep in mind, I'm not looking for a phone/camera, so the iPhone doesn't seem worth it to me. Is 120 GB just way too much memory? Will the 32GB serve me well? Is the smaller Classic screen too small to watch movies while traveling? Thanks for the feedback.
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I think I'd recommend getting the iTouch with the larger screen and splurge for the 32G version. The WiFi thing is also a plus. Even if you don't think you'd use it, it's got to be nice to have the option.
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#45 Post by Middle » 02 Jan 2009, 02:10

I just got the 16Gb iPhone, which is essentially an iTouch with phone function. I've had it for five days (I also have an old 30Gb iPod video) and seriously love it. It's just so much more fun than the classic iPod. I also don't see why one should ever feel the need for 120Gb's of MP3 storage. I'd say you go for the 32 gig iTouch, if you can miss the extra cash.
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#46 Post by sldawgs » 02 Jan 2009, 06:25

I conquer. If you are going to use it for a lot of video get the iTouch. I have a 16G and it holds over 20 hours of video and more music then I can listen to in one day. I also have an old 160G Classic and the screen size makes a major difference. I would love to have a 32 but 16 fits my needs nicely. But as I said earlier:
sldawgs wrote:What decision? The 32 has twice the memory, for not twice the price. $100 more and you double your memory.
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#47 Post by Agrajag » 02 Jan 2009, 12:15

More conquering here... When I saw a friend's 16GB iTouch and the big screen, I knew I wanted one.... I didn't even realize the price difference for the larger iPod classics until after I purchased the 32GB iTouch, but even had I known before I would have gone for the Touch... The screen clarity is just fantastic, and I believe it could be the funnest iPod ever.

I love the fact that I can carry my entire CD collection with me wherever and still have room for some videos. If I want to put movies on it (don't have any yet), I'd probably have to delete some music, but the 32GB was worth the extra $100 just to be able to carry all 6200 songs around with me everywhere.
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#48 Post by alan smithee » 06 Jan 2009, 14:58

Tune Up -- adds song, album, & artist titles and covert art; fixes "Arcade Fire, The" / "The Arcade Fire" / "Arcade Fire" inconsistencies (e.g.), etc.

(or so they claim -- I haven't tried it)
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#49 Post by Batman » 07 Jan 2009, 02:25

I got my wife an iPhone for Christmas and was wondering if anyone here uses a program which allows free POP mail servers to be linked to Outlook or other such programs. I know there's a program called YPOPs! out there. Has anyone ever used that or something similar?

Yes, I do realize she can just use Safari to navigate ot the Yahoo! web page, but I thought it might be more convenient to use something like this. Does anyone have an opinion on this?
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#50 Post by Nunis » 07 Jan 2009, 05:35

alan smithee wrote:Tune Up -- adds song, album, & artist titles and covert art; fixes "Arcade Fire, The" / "The Arcade Fire" / "Arcade Fire" inconsistencies (e.g.), etc.

(or so they claim -- I haven't tried it)
I tried it, and it works brilliantly.

My library is pretty clean though (as you might expect) so I doubt I'll purchase the full version. All the same, I'm impressed.

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