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2011-04-16

That piece of shit called "an iPod"..

So, I promised some music to a friend who does not have access to a computer. I had assumed that copying the music onto her iPod should be the easiest way to do it. It turned out to be NOT. Sigh!

To start with, the "iPod Touch 4Gen" wont work with "rhythmbox, gtkpod, libgpod and family", yet. Apparently, Apple is trying every trick they know to keep third-party applications from talking to their device.

Resorted to installing iTunes for windows on a Virtualbox environment. iTunes insisted on downloading album art and junk when it is importing the music. For some reason, it was taking too much time. And to top it, the application was getting unresponsive for every album art it was trying download/analyse/whatever. Hoping to stop iTunes from wasting time, I disabled the network connection. iTunes still spent the same time "analyzing album art" :-/ This time, the CPU was peaking in full load and the application was still unresponsive. Figured that, the only way I can get this done with is, to let iTunes do its shit in its own sweet fcking time. And so, I let it be.

Finally when iTunes was done with its crap, I plug the iPod in and everything was detected fine. The iPod already has 4GB+ music on it and iTunes shows it. But, iTunes refused to add new music to it. iTunes insists that it will delete all the existing music and copy the new music into the device. WTF. Adding new files into the device and updating a database, is not rocket-science.

What I seriously dont understand is, how do people put up with this piece of crap?

19 comments:

L.Guruprasad said...

Reading the title of this post from your tweet, for a moment I thought you owned an iPod and was !?!?! :) If it were yours, you could have tried some form of hacking and jail-breaking to get it to work :)

Joe Steeve said...

arghh. arghh. arghh. arghh.. iTunes is so fcking crappy.

Sigh!

RCB said...

We definitely need to get Sundar into this discussion!

L.Guruprasad said...

"What I seriously dont understand is, how do people put up with this piece of crap?"

Maybe people think, this is not a defect, but this is a feature for the money they pay :-P

Ashok said...

Seriously i have this WTF moment so many times . Come on Apple what is the business case for this fcking itunes

Balachandran S said...

The problem is iPod and most other Apple products have become more of a status symbol than about usability. And people say they have the best UI. I haven't tried any Apple product myself yet(apart from my 1st sem in our college "Apple" lab). And, looks like I should be happy that I haven't tried them :)

vasundhara said...

The way to add and update the database without erasing the files is for your friend to enable manual add or whatever on her itunes with the ipod connected and then to give it to you. Should update easy.

Joe Steeve said...

@ashok: oh they are making enough money. Trust me.

Joe Steeve said...

@vasundhara: Yeah, I knew about the manual manage mode. The original computer is simply not reachable. So, that is not an option.

But seriously, why cant you just copy a damn file over to that device like it was a normal "usb stick"? Definitely not rocket science right?

Joe Steeve said...

@RCB: yeah yeah. :P

L.Guruprasad said...

"But seriously, why cant you just copy a damn file over to that device like it was a normal "usb stick"? Definitely not rocket science right?"

That is how a music player is supposed to work. But the "ingenious" folks at Apple thought by obfuscating the whole process and making it possible only through their "software", they could better control what music people stored on their "iPod" and how they use it. *Evil*!

Arun said...

"This time, the CPU was peaking in full load and the application was still unresponsive."

Sounds like DRM "features" in itunes kicked and checked all your music in a while(1) loop

L.Guruprasad said...

"Sounds like DRM "features" in itunes kicked and checked all your music in a while(1) loop "

rofl :D

Balachandran S said...

@Arun lol.

Joe, You are most probably being watched by the Big Brother now :) Did you sign EULAs for connecting the device to a "Virtual Machine" ? Does the EULA allow that ? ;) Otherwise, that's a violation of the laws :)

Joe Steeve said...

@guruprasad: They have a fetish for touching places in twisted ways.

@arun: I think its their networking trying to download album art in a while(1) :-/

Sundar Srinivasan said...

Apple sometimes is more restrictive than MS. They not only keep their code closed, but also restrict and police on what you can do over that.

Joe Steeve said...

@sundar: Apple DOES do a lot of good work. They DO contribute back to the community a lot. Just that, where ever they hurt you, they hurt you bad. Sigh! :-/

Balaji said...

one of the many things i hate about apple .. *Sigh*

Anonymous said...

Hey, i dont know if this is gonna help you but check if you can get foobar2000 to manage your ipod

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/24473/how-to-use-your-ipod-with-foobar2000/

-deepak