iTunes has got to be the biggest pain in the butt I have dealt with in several years. It is fine if all you’re going to do is use iTunes locally. But it degrades if you do any of the following:
– Move your library to a NAS, as it quickly outgrows the available space on your meager laptop hd.
– Sync and manage an iPhone (iTunes tends to do a lot of whacky things, sometimes requiring a full restoration of your iPhone)
– Move to a new computer. Cause obviously everyone keeps the same computer forever. No one ever gets a new faster shinier machine.
How Apple has gone so long with iTunes numerous failings is a question for sages. It was only recently that Apple implemented a hierarchy change to iTunes Media from iTunes Music. (It was rather annoying having applications, movies, etc in a music folder.)
But if you have never had to migrate a iTunes library to a new computer, or restore it after having to reformat and reinstall an OS. Then you might think iTunes a competent application.
Steve Jobs should be personally ashamed of the trash iTunes has become. The backup options are so pitiful that one has to wonder what Apple was thinking. Yes, you can back up your iTunes library but only to DVD. For most of us that would be about a week of popping DVDs in and out.
Why can I not backup to an external hard drive? I should be able to have my old machine backup my library to my NAS and then have my new machine restore from the backup.
And have everything working. Have my playlists, my ratings, and my media. I should be able to sync my iPhones.
Instead Apple has created a convoluted library that is unmanageable and untransferable. While one can easily re-import media. Synching is another matter.
Even if you succeed in manually migrating all your library, your iPhone backups, etc. You still only have a 50/50 chance that iTunes will work. And are more than likely to launch iTunes only to find it “Not Responding”.
Thank you Steve Jobs, shame on you!
UPDATE: Clearly there is a problem with iTunes on Windows 7. I thought it was all NAS related. I was trying to import playlists, taking forever. So presuming it was an issue with my NAS I copied the files to my local machine. Trying to import 103K playlist, it’s now taking nearly an hour.