Dave’s iTunes gripes

25Dec - by Frank Koehntopp - 7 - In Apple

Dave Winer continues to have problems with the iPod (or rather, iTunes):

“Let’s say I bought an audiobook, it comes on eight CDs, I rip it into eight folders, write a script to name the files 001.mp3, 002.mp3, 003.mp3, etc. From there, if I copy the files to the Archos, it does the right thing when I start playing the first file, it goes to the second, then to the third.

But the iPod can’t be made to care what the filename is, so it plays them in the order of the ID3 info, which is almost completely random because the ripper has no idea that the eight CDs are actually one big document. “

YMMV, but whenI do the same thing, the iTunes impoter will properly put the files in the correct order, even numbering the files in the ID3 tags. No need to ‘write a script’.

Maybe that’s Dave’s problem – you can’t use the iPod with iTunes and expect it to work as other players, these two were *designed* to work in pair. And they do nicely for me.

Btw., Dave – being able to trackback you or comment would be nice.

LATER: Paul Thurrott agrees with Dave partly and points to Les Posen, who has detailed answers for each of Dave’s questions.

I still think this is pointless – Dave insists of trying to use the iPod in the same fashion as the Archos, which is bound to fail. You’re not supposed to understand in detail how the iPod works internally, you manage your stuff in iTunes and let it do its thing, which usually works. Anything else is just a waste of time.

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  4. iTunes on the Mac is applescriptable and there are many scripts available to do these kinds of things. I have one for example that will do the track numbers based on the order in a playlist. So you can drag them into a playlist, drag them into the right order and then run the script.

  5. iTunes on the Mac is applescriptable and there are many scripts available to do these kinds of things. I have one for example that will do the track numbers based on the order in a playlist. So you can drag them into a playlist, drag them into the right order and then run the script.

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