Apple just likes what you bought from Apple

I sold my soul to the devil. And now I’m paying the price for it.

I bought a MacBook Pro. Shinny stuff. “Let’s give it a fair go”, I thought. So I let it installed (and did not replace it with Ubuntu) and tried to use its applications. And I must say one thing: while I can’t use Windows ’cause I feel like it is always trying to get in your way, OS X doesn’t. It is almost like Linux (well, GNOME, actually, since it is my preferred desktop environment), except for the stupid default options (tab just jumps over text fields, why?)

As any good geek, I broke the system by forcefully removing Python 2.3 (which is part of the system). And, since I couldn’t find a package to reinstall it on the CDs, I decided to format and reinstall everything.

After almost two hours (why every installation need to check the DVD integrity?), I had a system running again. Time to setup the most used application in any computer I had: the music player. So, because I had synced my iPod with iTunes before formating, I thought it would be just a matter of pluging the iPod, point that this is my computer and that is my iPod and everything would be fine. Wrong.

You see, I set up iTunes with my iTMS account. So I could transfer the songs I bought there to the computer. But there was no fucking way to say “now transfer all other songs.” iTunes refused to open the iPod songs and I couldn’t find a way to say “this is MY iPod, you freaking stupid piece of computer crap.” There was only one option: erase and sync (which meant I would delete everything on my iPod and then copy the songs I bought from iTMS to it. Bu-bye 6000 songs, hello 100 songs. Not good. Because I’m really fussy with my songs, I made a backup of all of them on my external drive. So I had to copy all of them back to iTunes, then I could erase my iPod and sync again.

Honestly, I felt like I was using Windows again. The operating system decided to get on the way I do my stuff. Why can’t I just use my iPod was a big USB drive and ask the computer to copy them from one side to the other?

6 thoughts on “Apple just likes what you bought from Apple

  1. Due to RIAA, DRM, and some Apple crap, iPod and iTunes become that mess.

    It work fine for me, as we don’t have iTMS here in Brazil (as you know), and I don’t have an iPod (yet). I always heard that the “sync” is not a good option, as you can’t “sync” with two computers (and I have 3 here, 4th comming soon).

    Also, on the “Apple crapness”, Aperture is a lot better for use than Lightroom (Adobe), but it misses two important features: easy printing (good for events), and speed.

    Aperture is great for image quality, but is slow as hell.

  2. First, You shouldn’t replace system things. :)

    Try something like Fink, DarwinPorts or install your things in /usr/local and set your user variables.

    Another suggestion: when you backup your songs, backup the whole iTunes directory. You can overwrite it later without problems when restoring the system. About the iPod… if it isn’t paired with the current iTunes directory, when iTunes is asking ‘erase or sync’, open a Terminal, see where the iPod is mounted, go into this directory and copy your mp3 files (assuming that your ID3 tags are correct), but it is better to have iTunes directory backup.

    “Why can’t I just use my iPod was a big USB drive and ask the computer to copy them from one side to the other?”

    You can use your iPod as a big USB drive, but you can’t play from, let’s say, ‘drive partition’. :)
    It is simple: it’s all about DRM.

  3. > Honestly, I felt like I was using Windows again. The operating system decided to get on the way I do my stuff. Why can’t I just use my iPod was a big USB drive and ask the computer to copy them from one side to the other?

    Well, I do it everyday. There’s a folder called “iPod Control” (which is “conveniently” hidden by Finder.app), and there lies all musics. If they were properly tagged (idv3, or whatever they call it), they’ll come back in the same name. That’s a last resort, mind you.

    Also, I store all music in another harddrive (via NFS, or USB), obviously in MP3 format. Buying music from iTunes is ridiculous, will never do that, and I recommend strongly against it. In this case, the iPod went into your way, not exactly OS X. Itunes came to the scene previously, and I was able to work with music nicely (with very few problems) since then.

    Nowadays, I check out one or two podcasts from the list, and make up for a random playlist, and let it be. It’s impossible, anyway, for me to have an ipod that matches my growing collection.

    The darwinports/fink thing is da bomb. Works almost like ubuntu (fink) or like freebsd’s ports (darwinports). Fink is about binaries, darwinports is more about gentooism.

  4. Guys, guys!

    All your sugestions are exactly what I did. And, if I had bought all my songs from iTMS, there would be no problem. The problem is the songs I didn’t buy from Apple.

  5. I’ve been saying (well, asking) your last phrase of this post for YEARS, don’t you remember? Shit me not.
    xD

  6. i recently discovered that while using an ipod in ubuntu with rhythm box, i can add songs to the device, and copy them to my harddrive with simple drag and drops. in addition, the files copied to or from whatever device, retain the folder structers, despite encryption.

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