So I downloaded and installed iTunes 7 last week, plugged in my iPod Nano, and I saw the strangest thing: all of my music had disappeared. It was there in iTunes 6, but not so much anymore. 4GB — 700 songs (that 1000 songs is a 128k joke) — had simply vanished. Gone like Kahoutek.
Except of course, it wasn’t: according to the space indicator, it was all still there, taking up room on the Nano’s hard drive. I had 3.72GB of something taking up space on my , it’s just that neither iTunes nor my Nano could find it. This, BTW, is exactly one of my fears about the already infamous Zune “three days / three plays” issue: the music stays on your hard drive, but is forever inaccessible.
So I said frack that, and restored the iPod, figuring that I would just start from scratch. After determining that it was all clear, I did what I’ve always done: used Windows Explorer to drag a file directly to the iPod window in iTunes, only, unlike every single other time in the last year I’ve owned the Nano, it didn’t show up. Oh sure, it took space, but wasn’t seeable as a song. Gee thanks!
I did a little bit of experimenting. It seems that — for whatever reason — iTunes 7 will not allow me to add songs from my file system directly to the Nano. In order to get music it would actually recognize as music, I had to create a playlist in iTunes, add the songs to that playlist, and then subsequently add the songs from that playlist to my Nano. This is double work, and not my preferred method of managing my music.
Here’s the thing: I have a lot of songs, and I listen to a different subset of songs at home, at work, while jogging and in my car. Different places, different purposes, different playback devices. So, what I like to do is to put all of my songs into a file system, and then direct those songs to my various playback devices. Each playback device has a different configuration of songs, suiting the purposes to which I put it. It might seem overly complicated — as a matter of fact, it is overly complicated — but this is what works for me. So why am I now forced to create and manage an iTunes playlist in order to update my Nano? Why won’t iTunes 7 play nice with Windows Explorer?
This is exactly the type of crap that everybody hates Microsoft for: programs that force the user to take a certain path towards their goal.
I realize that there might be some kind of setting I need to reset. Sure that would help, but on a larger scale, that just makes it worse: nothing more frustrating than an “upgrade” that messes up all of your previous settings. This is far less of what I would expect from Apple and far more of what I would expect from Prism DuroSport.