Well that makes complete sense?smaddrell said:
I spent 3 months of evenings transferring my large CD collection to itunes for an ipod classic. Backed up the "library" after of course. I lost half the library. itunes could not find the track even though it was listed. The cause is obvious and there is no solution from Apple. They have a reference file which you can not access or backup holding the title etc information and pointers to the tracks in the itunes library. The pointers refer to the Windows drive letter specifically not the name of the disc. When discs are moved about on a hub say the drive letters change and the track can not be found. They show a dreaded ! to indicate this. This is a classic software engineering bug that I would not expect Apple to have made. How many other people have had this problem??
As I say you can not backup the reference file that is built into itunes. I no longer use apple computers so I do not know whether this problem has ever existed on that platform, any feedback on that?
As for a fix I gave up and imported by backup (120gb) to itunes. The library is now disorganised and all my playlists which are essential and extensive have been lost. Thank you Apple ! Has anyone else had this problem and did you had more success recovering from it and if so how please? Thank you for getting this far.
No Idea about the Playlist thing.smaddrell said:
Thanks for that but two wrongs do not make a right! It is quite simple to identify a hard disc by its id rather than drive letters which can obviously change if they are on a hub. Or does Apple expect the itunes library to always be on the C: drive which never changes? Is this as you stay long term unfixed Apple bug present on the Apple operating system? I expect not, I wonder why .... ! Thank you Mr Jobs - one reason for people to buy Apple I guess or not!
As for the backup restore. After many attempts I decided to create a new itunes library and and import everything back from the itunes media folder directory. All the tracks are there but no playlists. My ipod still has all the play lists which I will loose if I sync which obviously I want to do. Does anyone know how to to move the play lists from an ipod back to the itunes library on the PC? The ipod directory structure looks interesting.
Thanks for listening ....
No Problem!smaddrell said:
Thanks Burty, glad to see we are both singing from the same hymn sheet. Yes the playlists will have to be laboriously reentered ouch, but they will be better next time ! Thank goodness for Spotify.com walks all over itunes, playlists. They are always where you want them and they don't dissapear 8 million free recordings accessible just like that MAGIC !! Hooked up to some Cyrus kit and Kef Concerto home made speakers it rocks ... Now do I need an Arcam rDAC ? Of course I do
But .. Sorry if this is not a bug what is it a PC crippler ? Jobs is a clever cookie a Flash person or not.
I have 4 usb2 external drives one with the itunes library on 2 different hubs, watching which drive letter is assigned to each disc on bootup and reserving drive letters should not be an issue or "bug"