Saturday, January 13, 2007

yes, I love technology
but not as much as you, you see
but I STILL love technology
always and forever
always and forever

- Kip to Lafawnduh, Napoleon Dynamite

Yesterday at this time I had 5000+ songs on itunes. Now I have ONE. Apparently I broke itunes.

After publishing a post, I always check my links to make sure that they are working properly, which I guess says something about what a control-freak perfectionist I really am. Sadly, I don't have the technical savvy to be a perfectionist when it comes to computer shit. But that doesn't stop me from trying, although it should.

Yesterday, whilst checking my song links on the Shatner post, a window popped up saying that in order to play the song I had to open a new library. Stupidly I clicked okay. And that's now the only song that's left on itunes.

Allison, who is infinitely wiser about these matters than I will ever be, informed me that once you fuck up on itunes (I'm paraphrasing here) the changes are irreversible.

All my music files on my hard drive are still intact and of course I do still have good old reliable Media Player (never thought I'd ever be using those particular words), so later I will import all my music into itunes again. Allison already warned me to watch out in case I was instructed to replace my library, because that's bad, m'kay. That will wipe out the source files (at least on ipod).

If worst come to worst, I shall just stick to Media Player and only use itunes to download podcasts.

Wish me luck, burn a little incense and perhaps sacrifice a goat or a virgin (or a virgin goat) on my behalf, and feel free to offer any advice.

Sometimes the simplest things are the best. Like this video for Bastards of Young by the Replacements.

34 comments:

Fearless said...

DRM sucks and that is why I never use itunes for music purchases. You should download an mp3 player like dbPowerAmp instead of using media player.
I have been on a bit of a Replacements kick lately, so I found it funny in a synchronous kind of way that you posted the bastards of young video. Quite possibly the greatest 'non-video' video ever.

mellowlee said...

ARgh! Damn iTunes. It always wants to take control over your music library. I don't trust it as far as I could spit. I usually say no when it asks me if it can do something. Like no waaaay iTunes, you are the devil! I hope you get your library back. Maybe you only need to reload all the music back in?

Deb said...

This makes me nervous. I know nothing...no, that's more than what I know. I have I-Tunes but when I recently got a gift card I couldn't even get that to work. I also say no to everything it tries to throw at me and it IS the devil. Sorry, no help here my dear, other than my advice for when things go wrong....which is to throw stuff at your computer. It doesn't work but it feels good.

Deb said...

(see, told you that William Shatner guy was shady)

Anonymous said...

This post is great if you want to spread paranoia through the ranks of techno losers such as myself who use itunes. I can feel the ice cold panic spreading through me just thinking about opening up my itunes. I think I would end up doing some serious damage to my computer while crying in frustration if I was to lose my entire library.

Good luck with it.

Allison said...

I'm still bitter about the time I did that to my library, and it was over a year ago. I'm sorry you have to go through this as well. There should be at LEAST three prompts asking you, 'are you sure?'...'are you positive?'..."CERTAIN?'

You know, if you don't want to go through the hassle of the re-import, I'd just stick to using itunes for the podcasts. But generally, library replacement woes aside, its not a bad program. But then there's the whole music purchase issue too...christ, why am I pimping out itunes again?

Anonymous said...

I lost all my iTunes songs when I left my last job. I sent them an email and they will let you re-download all your purchases one time only. I don't know if you want to sit and download 5000 songs, but it's allowed. But if the problem is with the iTunes player itself, then I can't help you there because too much thinking about technological issues makes me feel faint.

Anonymous said...

I remember the video and loved their screw you attitude. As for your iTunes situation, I believe Nimoy had something to do with it.

Barbara, please stop mentioning Neko Case (to me, to Johnny Yen, to the world) because each time you do, she gets $9.99 from me. You're in cahoots aren't you?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I am so lame that I don't even know what DRM means, Fearless! I actually don't buy music from itunes either, as I am a dinosaur who prefers to buy the whole cd. And then there's the whole issue of art and liner notes, but don't get me started.
I don't have an mp3 player myself, and my kid who does uses the other computer, so I'm thinking I only need itunes on my laptop for podcast downloading. (does that make sense?)
I've been on a bit of a Replacements kick myself these days - there must be something in the air. I understand Colin Meloy wrote a book about them, which I would love to read, but I don't even now if it's been published.

Those could be words to live by, Mel: just say no to itunes! You know, the more I think about it, the more I think I may not even reload the music onto it. All the files are intact and accessible on MediaPlayer - which is where I was a week ago at this time.

I'm mostly using my laptop these days, Deb, so rather than throwing things at my computer, I can actually throw my computer.
Since I only use itunes for storage, not purchases, I may just leave things as they are. That way the William Shatner vibes can't do anymore harm.

"techno losers" - we should start a club, Toccata! Eva is forever rolling her eyes at me about computer stuff, and yet whenever there are hardware problems, all of a sudden, I am the subject matter expert in the house. WTF?
So I think if we all follow Mel's advice and just say no whenever itunes asks a question, we should be good.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I know, Allison! They should make you press a big red button or something! I think I'm going to do just as you say, and use it for podcasts only. That'll teach the bastards. At least until I decide that all of a sudden I want to start buying music from them. Nah, that'll never happen.

Hi Beckeye, welcome!
Can I ever relate about technological stuff making you feel faint! I had the vapours after this incident.
That's great to know that Apple will let you redownload songs (albeit one at a time). I don't actually have any purchased songs (they are all off cds) and my music files are still okay, but it is still heartening to know that if the situation arises, there are options. Thanks for the advice.

Dale, are you saying you bought Furnace Room Lullaby? You won't have any regrets, my friend.
Alas, I am anything but in cahoots with Neko Case. In fact she was supposed to come to Calgary twice last year and cancelled. So, much as I love her, she owes me big time.
The Replacements are still the coolest things ever. And damn that Leonard Nimoy anyway!

phlegmfatale said...

Ah, but nothing takes away the bitter tang of iTune loss and technological breakdown like the sweet, cloying flavor of rum cake and other treats. I predict you'll get one any minute now. Sorry you lost all that stuff, though - jeez!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Why do you have to do this to me, Phlegmfatale? I would KILL for your rum cake right now (especially since we've been waiting an inordinate length of time for the curry we ordered).

I'm sure once I have a PF rumcake in my hot little hands, all will be right with the world, including tech glitches.

Anonymous said...

Yes Barbara, I went and bought it from iTunes and have listened through once and she gives me the chills.

I used to have to have the cd case and the liner notes etc. but have become accustomed to just buying or downloading elsewhere a lot of the time. I had my zillions of cds stolen in a break in a few years back and never did really replace the 'hard copies'. I do the used cd store thing sometimes but more often than not, just go digital.

Rum cake? Hic.

Fearless said...

Digital Rights Management (generally abbreviated to DRM) is an umbrella term that refers to any of several technologies used by publishers or copyright owners to control access to and usage of digital data or hardware, and to restrictions associated with a specific instance of a digital work or device.

There is a movie coming out about the replacements' fans... should be interesting.

I didn't mean a mp3 playing device, I meant mp3 playing software for your computer.

As for sharing stuff on the blog,if you don't like MyDatabus, there are other sites such as EZArchive that will let you share tracks on the web.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

How eerie, Dale! I remember using those EXACT words (ie,she gives me chills) when I first listened to Furnace Room Lullaby. No wonder I think you have such good taste...

I cannot imagine how it must feel to have your cds stolen (well never mind the feeling of violation at someone breaking into your house). I don't blame you for not wanting to replace them all with hard copies.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh I guess I did know what DRM meant after all, Fearless. It's not something I use very often ... Do you think that was part of the issue with my disappearing library. (I'm so confused!) You will have to pardon me - I really am a complete idiot when it comes to this sort of thing.

I usually convert my wma files to mp3 via Jodix and then either share them via mydatabus (which I quite like) or display them on Bolt. Anything more complex than that, I'm useless.

I like the sounds of the film on the Replacements'fans. That could be wild.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

1. that sucks. i feel for you. i had to buy a new computer because of itunes.

2. i always check my links as well.

3. for some reason, i can't play that youtube clip. but it made me happy anyways. i heart the replacements.

michelle said...

Oh Barbara I so feel your pain. I had a similar situation happen to me when I first got the iPod... but I'm sorta anal & I backup all my music to DVD or CD, whatever media's on hand every other week or so. It's a royal megalithic pain in the ass, but it eliminates massive freak out factor when I fuck my shit up. Which is often, heh.

Many good things to Ms. Allison! And better tech days to you, Ms. Barbara!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You had to replace your computer because of itunes, 668? That just made my blood run cold! What happened?
Sorry the link won't work for you, it seems fine from this end, but there are lots of copies of it on YouTube if you want another source. It's pretty great, and I heart the Replacements as well. Eva once bought the cd Tim for $1.50 at Value Village. We were utterly gobsmacked.

O man, you have to be pretty dedicated to do that every two weeks, Michelle! I have a hard time doing basic computer maintenance that often. But I guess as most of my music is from cd originally, I'm good to go.
I don't know how you brilliant tech folks do it though...

phlegmfatale said...

it's a-coming!

Allison said...

A computer lost to itunes, 668??
Oh my. As Barbara said, do tell.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

oh dear, i made it sound much worse than it was. i had to buy a new computer because my old computer would not run i-tunes. making my xmas gift of an ipod useless.

i normally do not keep much music on my computer as i have experienced the joys of a computer crash. but this post reminded me i need to burn some cds as i've been neglectful lately.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh yes, one of those left-handed gifts, 668. Great gift but in order to use it I need to buy a new computer - those can be problematic.

Anonymous said...

ayla and her ipod shuffle have issues as well...itunes is NOT a program i ever want to use...you just validated that thought 4 me, thank u....i use winamp.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

and you are a computer goddess too, Jen, so if you are leery of it, I'm staying away from it.

justacoolcat said...

Seeing how I am just getting into the iTunes these are words of wisdom.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

JACC: I think the takehome message I got out of this discussion was "just say no whenever itunes asked you if you want to do something".

Anonymous said...

My darling wife once dropped my external hardrive losing all 6000 songs or so forever. It wasn't a great day. At least you had the originals. Now I backup everything.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Was that your first wife, John? kidding - I'm sure you are a very understanding man. She must have ben just sick about that.

She's Crafty said...

Oh scary. I was thinking that I might get myself an ipod, and now I am frightened again.
I have tried to make sure that I have back ups for my media library. unimaginative discs that get named computer clean up #...b/c they will have their own spot in a playlist eventually and I am still afraid to just leave it there in my computer).

I still have a hard time figuring out how to save my list to the Playlist I've "saved as".
I get the job done eventually, but can't get the system down for the life of me. It's bad. Maybe I should use the help button?!

Anonymous said...

Not to worry. After that incident I got myself a backup wife as well.

(Kidding)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I've never found those help buttons all that helpful, Serah. Just playing around with stuff usually works best for me. Until I deleted my whole library that is. Oh right...

hehehe a backup wife woud come in handy sometimes, John. I wish there was one at our house.

Will said...

Technology is just sooooooooooooooooooooo frustrating. I'm sure I'm repeating myself. Sorry you've lost your iTunes. I am pretty pro-iTunes as a whole, but that is really all I've ever known.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Technology sometimes makes me want to gouge my eyes out with a spoon, Will.