I had initially tried iTunes a few years ago, and I have to admit, it is one of the few pieces of software that I can honestly say pissed me off.
I like having my music files organized by artist, and then by album. Apparently that wasn’t good enough for iTunes, after asking it to find my music, it then went ahead and REARRANGED MY MUSIC FILES.
Everything worked fine in iTunes, but when I went to open my music files in other programs, I could not find a damn thing. My meticulously organized files were all over the place. I immediately uninstalled iTunes and swore to never use it again. Instead, I used Windows Media Player to rip my CDs and purchased individual MP3s from Amazon.com.
I recently bought a DSi, and it comes with a music player, which is pretty cool, BUT it only works with AAC encoded files, i.e. the ones that iTunes also uses. As far as it is concerned, I have about 9GB of useless MP3s on my PC’s old hard drive. Thus, any music I wanted to use on my DSi I would have to re-rip using iTunes.
I started iTunes, grabbed some CDs from my collection (AC/DC, might as well start from the top) and popped one into the iMac. iTunes pretty much looked the same way it did on that fateful day so many years ago (I had to reset my iTunes store password, yeah it had been THAT long) and things went as expected, which was fine. I then decided to check and see where iTunes had placed the files, and sure enough, there they were, organized by artist, and then album.
I guess it isn’t going to be so bad after all, but I’ll hold my breath and see what happens when I put some MP3 files I had bought from Amazon.com on there. iTunes didn’t find the album covers for “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” and “Who Made Who,” which was somewhat disappointing.
I guess the folks at Apple aren’t AC/DC fans.