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17 December 2005 @ 05:00 pm
Fun With iTunes  
Before I move on to my adventures with iTunes, an odd observation: I just realized something today -- most of my friends (for at least one reasonable value of "friends") these days are primarily Mac users (including almost everyone who once or still uses Linux) -- the ones who primarily (or only) use Windows are a distinct minority, and a significant fraction don't use Windows at all. I'm not sure how that happened -- I never noticed the trend until now.

Anyway, I'm slowly moving a number of things over to my Mac, including all of my music. Despite the things I still don't particularly like about iTunes, it's grown on me quite a bit over the last couple of weeks, enough so that I've decided to use it as keeper of my primary music library. It's certainly better at keeping things organized than WinAmp, but there are a couple of drawbacks to that -- one, it's a little awkward absorbing music in such a way that my library more or less stays in sync with other places I listen to it, namely, my other laptop, where I still import things (because I have better tools for various things such as tag management, easily adjusting track gain, and the like -- things that are important to cleanly absorbing new music in a portable fashion), and I wish there was a way to just listen to things (or small sets of things) without involving my library (and the changes to my library). The solution to the latter problem is a more lightweight client more along the lines of classic WinAmp, but I still haven't done much about hunting down such a thing (XMMS might fit the bill). The solution to the former problem is changing the way I organize things so that they fit iTunes better, which is moderately annoying, but probably worth the benefits.

So, there's that.

The other thing is that iTunes has podcast support built in, and while I'm not a big podcast afficionado (I've only ever listed to the one, after all, and not very consistently at that), I figured I might as well use it. So... I'm looking for podcasts, a topic for my next post.
In the mood: contemplativecontemplative
Laurel Amberdineamberdine on December 18th, 2005 04:02 am (UTC)
I noticed that most of my friends seem to be Mac users too. Which I find odd, considering that I have a pretty divergent group of friends.

I think my favorite thing about iTunes is how the store is integrated...
Douglas Triggs: apple spiffdoubt72 on December 18th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
My favorite thing about iTunes is "party shuffle" and how easy that is to use (you can do sort of the same thing in WinAmp, but it's not as easy). My least favorite thing about iTunes is that playlists aren't as easy to manage as in WinAmp.

That and the "everything affects your library" paradigm, which is also a little annoying.