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Monday, January 19, 2009 11:10 am

iHate iTunes

Filed under: Housekeeping — Lex @ 11:10 am
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Frustration the latest: A song I long ago ripped from a CD and burned to Victoria’s Shuffle shows up and plays just fine on her Shuffle but now is nowhere to be found in my iTunes music library. Possibly relatedly, on the contents list for the Shuffle, the song shows up in the list with a little exclamati0n-mark icon on a gray background to the far left. What does that mean, and what in pluperfect hell is iTunes doing with my (not only legal but also paid for with my hard-earned dollars) songs?

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Sunday, December 14, 2008 4:00 pm

iTunes/iPod Shuffle questions

Filed under: Housekeeping — Lex @ 4:00 pm
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Having been unable to find the answers on Apple’s site, I now turn to the wisdom of Teh Intertubes to try to solve a problem Ann is having with her iPod Shuffle.

The main problem: Music is dying off the Shuffle. She had the thing close to full, and then all but two songs disappeared from it. This has happened twice now. She and I are both mystified. Is this a Shuffle problem or an iTunes problem?

And a question: Is there any way to set up separate music libraries in iTunes for separate users on a PC (i.e., if you log in as one user, you have a separate iTunes music library from what you’d have if you logged in as a different user, assuming both users have set up music libraries.

And another question: Where on the PC does iTunes store its music library (i.e., in what directory/folder?). I’ve gone looking (including in My Documents\My Music, whence I first imported music into iTunes) but haven’t found it. A search by *.mp3 doesn’t turn it up, either.

Finally, how do you get iTunes to play a truly random sampling from the entire music library? When I try, I get only recently imported tunes, and when I hit “random” twice in the same session, I get the same songs I got when I hit random the first time.

Thanks in advance for any help anyone can offer.

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