Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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"Just a moment, Captain, sir. I'll explain what happened."

Apple doesn't want you knowing how iTunes or the iPod works. This is with good reason, because it is infuriating. When you load an album onto your iPod, it is renamed and put into a hidden folder in the iPod_Control's music folder. The thing is, each song is put into a different folder, and the iPod control software is what locates it. There is no relationship between the content of the music and where it is located in the file tree.

In copying the music from the iPod to my hard drive after an iTunes crash rendered the iPod inoperable, one or two of these folders seems to have gotten away from me. I don't know what happened to it, but unfortunately that means that there are tracks missing from a vast amount of albums on my iPod. I am currently organizing the copies I made on my hard drive to make a comprehensive list of what tracks need to be restored and what don't. In some cases (Lord of the Rings, Battlestar Galactica, etc.) I already have the music on my computer, others I will have to re-rip individual tracks. I've established certain albums that have not been effected - Legend, Zulu, Heavy Metal 2000, but am still picking up the pieces on several others.

It is extremely tedious.

I hadn't noticed this problem until later because I had just made a new mix, which had been dominating my listening. It being loaded onto my iPod after the crash meant that nothing had been lost.

What really bothers me about this situation is that it was unnecessary. All I needed to do was reboot the iPod O.S., but Apple insures that there is no protocol for doing that without wiping the hard drive.
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