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iTunes 7

Today Apple CEO Steve Jobs delivered a special announcement from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco (watch here). For Apple fans who are iTunes users and potential iPod buyers today was a pretty big day. New iPods were released/refreshed and iTunes 7 was released.

For as long as I can remember it’s been a love/hate relationship between me and the tunez. I’ve never been a fan of how unresponsive the application is as a whole. When I started with digital music Winamp was my baby and was always quick to the punch. iTunes has always felt slugish and bloatware’ish. On the flipside the playlist functions are always improving and personally I have almost 100GB of music so having flexible playlists is VERY important. Also as a OS X user there aren’t any other viable alternatives to iTunes really.Today I installed iTunes7 and have some gripes and some praise for this release.

For some time I’ve had my music on network shares and right now I have my iMac connected to the network only on wireless. In my living situation it makes it next to impossible to have a straight LAN connection to my network. As an iTunes user this is utterly frustrating. Loading songs in iTunes 7 seems to bring a longer delay when skipping and making updates to mp3 id tags brings once again a long delay.

Once getting iTunes 7 installed I noticed my machine just came to a total crawl. Then I noticed iTunes was doing something I didn’t ask it to.

Right after opening the application it started going though a good majority of my music and doing this process. I never got a prompt I can’t even find a setting to turn it off. When launching iTunes I have to cancel this every time just to make my computer function. Others have reported this process takes just a few minutes but when all my music is shared over a network iTunes seems to HATE it. Any findings on how to make this process better please send it my way ASAP.

Now on to purchased and stolen features. When browsing the iTunes overview website I noticed something I’ve seen before. Coverview was an visualization for itunes I tried out a long time ago and found no use for. Apparently Apple purchased the technology and incorporated into iTunes. To be fair during a party people may find this feature attractive. For everyday use it’s pretty much unimportant.

Also about a week ago I installed the newest Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2. From what I can see iTunes “borrowed” a few playlist options from them. The “show items in a list grouped with artwork” feature seems to be totally ripped from WMP. I can’t ever remember another media player offering this feature and when I tried WMP last week it was my favorite part about it. A comparison….

WMP 11 b2

iTunes7


Quite similar IMO. To be honest this is my favorite feature of iTunes 7. WMP does it better though :-(

To close this way to long post up iTunes 7 is a mixed bag. I like the new playlist options but having my music on a shared network drive is becoming quite a burden. Before upgrading people in a similar situation as myself may want to wait. Personally I’m always on the lookout for fixes and I will post anything I find.

Update: Another reason to hate Apple. While chatting with jja I noticed that Apple must have VERY QUIETLY removed student discounts on iPods. Really…REALLY…weak…shame I’ll never buy another one for a very long time. Jerks

Update 2: Apparently reports have come though of Student Discounts on iPods still available in Brick and Mortar Apple Stores.  Interesting but I bet it won’t last long.

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23 Responses

  1. Jeff says:

    You just need to suck it up, and get a firewire drive so you don’t have to deal with this kind of crap, van.

  2. vanlandw says:

    I need a 1TB firewire drive. I would get a 500GB for under $250 if I could. I’ve been wanting an external HD for some time jja :-(

  3. Jeff says:

    Do you really wnat a 1TB one? I mean, if that fails, that is a shitload of data.

  4. vanlandw says:

    I’ll press my luck ;-)

    :-*!?!??!?!?!?

  5. Jeff says:

    Alright, but when you come crying to me because your cat spilled some kind of sticky acid on your drive obliterating your entire music collection I would have to send you a mocking face. :razz:

  6. vanlandw says:

    Your compassion is unparalleled :-\

  7. hw says:

    you’re not even a “student” anymore so what difference does it make? (imho) my new itunes ran through that stuff too – I think it took like 5 minutes at home (3500 songs) and 15 minutes at work (15000 songs). I loath WMP mostly because of the horrible rendition available for macs that I had to live with for years. I like the new option for automatically getting the cover art too.

  8. Jeff says:

    As much as I hate to say it, hw makes a good point. You are not a student, and should not concern yourself in student affairs. :wink:

  9. vanlandw says:

    two wpe’s

    my student ID lists me as a student though 2008 thus making me eligible for student discounts….after spending thousands of dollars on an education i should be entitled to a few bonuses

    wops

  10. hw says:

    i guess i can see how apple “owes” you a discount for going to gv. :/ and this whole time i thought your bonus for going to college was a better job and better pay (english majors excluded).

  11. FLO says:

    I’m still trying to figure out what gapless playback is.
    the new itunes did not like my mobile phone with itunes. it would try to update the phone and it would just lag and lag and lag and not do anything. as a result, my memory card became corrupted. I purchaced a 1gb card last night. the artwork feature works some of the time. for some reason it couldn’t get artwork for a black sabbatth song.
    the other features are pretty good though. the coverart is a slick integration, i like the detailed look at your ipod when it is connected. other then that, its “alright”.

  12. Kramer says:

    I’m not entirely sure what gapless playback means as well. Could anyone who’s smart with computers explain? It took about 3-4 minutes on my home machine to run though just under 2200 songs.

    Visually, I like the new coverart stuff, and I like how they broke the libraries up for music, podcasts, etc.

    I am a little disappointed about the lack of student discounts on the iPod. I still have a valid MSU ID and I was looking at getting a Nano in a few months. Oh well.

  13. vanlandw says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gapless_playback

    In human terms….iPods would not put the songs back to back. There would be a pause between songs where it would go to track two then track three. After this update music shouldn’t have that pause. When playing music in iTunes you shouldn’t hear a difference. When listening on an iPod you should. iPods now SHOULD play more like compact disks do. This is good for bands that put songs that all link together or live CD’s
    :-)

  14. hellokittn says:

    Me, my defective iPod video (battery), my defective MacBook (plastic casing), and my recently replaced (due to defective screen) iPod Nano are all not getting along with the new iTunes all that well.

    *sigh*

    Time to troubleshoot. brb.

  15. vanlandw says:

    I hope you fix your troubles hola gato…any questions let me know :-(

    troubleshooting sucks ass at least your pods were working today!

    brb

  16. vanbergs says:

    fucking comic strip vanlandw

  17. hellokittn says:

    They may still be working but I still can’t get that video off of it O:-).

  18. vanlandw says:

    “z” is my favorite video…it’s a nice one :-)

  19. hellokittn says:

    insert winky face here “;-)”

  20. vanlandw says:

    i may block you bi*ly b*****f

    if you wish to send salutations to hardware do it on your own time…or your own blog…OH WAIT YOU DON’T HAVE ONE :-P

    jk hello hardware :-(

  21. bun says:

    lmao- where you at hw? you my boooi!

  22. hw says:

    tr00 dat junior!!!

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