This is just a continuation of my thoughts on iTunes and even now my opinion on iTunes hasn’t changed much.
Well as my quest for organizing my music continues I keep bumping on the short comings of iTunes. Recently I found that some of my files were having incorrect Meta information (ID3 tags) in my iPod. So I opened iTunes to check them and I found that they were wrong even in iTunes. But I was pretty sure that I corrected the tags of these MP3 files using a MP3 Tag Editor. I checked the tags of the original file in my hard disk and it was having the correct data. Out of frustration I clicked the file in iTunes and it started to play and the tag got automatically changed. Then only I released that there was no refresh/update option in iTunes and when you edit the ID3 tags of the files outside of iTunes it will not get reflected until you play the file in iTunes. What a great optimization design!!
In order to make my iTunes happy I started editing the ID3 tags in iTunes itself and iTunes was happy to refresh it and were updated in my iPod too. Little did I know that it was not getting changed in the original file and it was just getting updated only in the iTunes library. And I was searching for an option to write the tag information to the file only to find that even this was not present.
So the lesson learnt: update the tag information of the files using some other tag editor outside of iTunes and then double click all those files in iTunes and play them so that the correct tag information gets updated both in the library and also in the file. How user friendly!
I bumped again on the short comings of iTunes when I was trying to download some podcast.
No resume option for downloading podcast: Some of the podcasts that I have subscribed are more than 100 MB in size and when downloading, half way through the connection gets lost or iTunes freezes and the download process start again from scratch. Bandwidth is pretty scarce here and also costly and I end up wasting my precious bandwidth (and some bucks too).
No scheduling option for downloading podcast: if it’s available then I can schedule all my downloads from 2:00 am to 8:00 am every day when my ISP gives me free bandwidth. (Those who are having BSNL Broadband could feel the pain)
No way to subscribe to more than one podcast from a search result at iTunes Music store. You have to select only one at a time and have to perform the search again if you want to subscribe to more than one.
Giving reviews about podcast on iTunes: If I have to write a review about a particular podcast then I have to have an apple id and in order to have an apple id I need to have a credit card and I don’t have a credit card (yes seriously, believe me) and so no apple id and no reviews too.
In spite of all these short comings I am still using it, just for one thing – My little cute blackie 😉
Posted in Apple/Mac/iDevices, Random/Personal
Tagged Apple/Mac/iDevices, iTunes, Podcast
As I said before I was trying to subscribe to some podcasts and thought that I could share them with you. So here is the list
Tech – mostly web designing and programming
Web Standards with Imagination – Feed
Audible AJAX – Feed
TalkCrunch – Feed
SXSW 2006 Interactive Panels Podcast – Feed
O’Reilly Etech 2005 – Feed
Carson Workshops submit – Feed
The kamla bhatt show – Feed
So if you guys have some recommendations then do let me know. And also I ran into some problems when dealing with podcasts in iTunes more on that later.
Posted in Apple/Mac/iDevices
Tagged Podcast, Web
I have added one more to my list of electronic gadget and this one is the costlier of all. Yes I have a new little cute black beauty with me now – 30GB iPod Video 5G.
Today is my first day of ownership and I should accept that I have fallen in love on first sight itself. I am currently installing iTunes so that I can export some of my audio and video collection into this new cutie.
I am not very much into listening to music when I am traveling, but now I can listen to podcasts during my one and a half hour travel to office every day. So suggest me some good podcast shows.
I am going to listen to some nice tracks now and I will write about my experience with iPod after I use it for some time.
Posted in Apple/Mac/iDevices, Gadgets
Tagged Gadgets, iPod/iTunes, Podcast, video
Just now finished my interview with Kamla. The feeling that my voice is getting recorded made me little restless in the beginning but once I got started the restlessness vanished. I just cannot wait to hear my voice back. She said that she will probably post it later today. So guys be ready to read err listen my first podcast. I will post the link as soon as it is uploaded.
Thanks Kamla for making my view reach the public and also for your great tips.
Update: Here is the link for the podcast http://talknewsindia.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=20763
Posted in Random/Personal
I am still not able to believe this. I am going to be interviewed by Kamla for a podcast to be featured in the techtalk section of her podcast/blog. If you are wondering who is Kamla, she is the first Indian podcaster. She maintains two podcast sites at www.newsaboutindia.blogspot.com and www.talknewsindia.libsyn.com
I just had a chat with her over phone and she seems to be a very knowledgeable person. We had a quick discussion about KingPing and GoogleMyWay (my two pets). We also chatted about life in India and particularly in Chennai, about work, about the outsource world and also about the collaboration between India and US in the IT field.
Hear about all these in the podcast which is scheduled to be recorded this afternoon and also I have a surprise for you in that podcast 😉
As you know I start my day by reading Jeremy and Robert Scoble. May be from tomorrow I have to add Kamla to the list.
Posted in Random/Personal
Tagged India, KingPing, Podcast