Being the Apple fan boy that I am, when iTunes 7.7.1 came out yesterday, I hopped right on it. Supposedly it fixed some bugs and stability issues. I installed it through Software Update, went smoothly, usual, blah blah.
Then it started to sync my iPhone 3G. It reinstalled every application, even those I had requested to not be installed onto the iPhone.
Then it said there were updates for all 24 applications. I had them download and then install.
First off, let’s complain that iTunes keeps every version of every application, it never just deletes the old buggy ones. So you end up with 1, 2, 3, 8+ versions of applications.
Oh and it loses them, or at least iTunes 7.7.1 did. Do you see a problem here?
One hour later, still installing and then it froze. I restarted the computer, then started the sync again.
Warning, 11 files could not be synced because they could not be found.
Warning, 100 files could not be synced because they could not be found.
Meanwhile, only 600mb+ songs synced out of the previous, um, 12gb of music.
Did a check… Apparently some 10-90% of my music was moved to my Time Machine, as far as the library was concered.
10-90% because it would only show up if I tried to play or sync them and the vast majority of my synced songs didn’t sync… So thinking that might extend throughout the Library… yeah…
Not only iTunes 7.7.1 “move” files from my 1tb MyBook external and into my other 1tb MyBook external which is my Time Machine, and not just to there, to inside of email account archives. WHAT THE F*CK?!
So guess what I get to do? I get to reload my entire iTunes Library. Anyone that knows me probably knows that I have quite the iTunes Library of music, movies, television shows, applications, podcasts, games, audiobooks and then some; we are talking over 700gb of data.
Now I have no stats on my music, no play counts, skip counts, ratings…
Now I cannot sync to AppleTV or to my iPods or iPhones because I can’t do smart playlists. I cannot say pick the newest 5gb, I can’t say choose the Top 1,000 Played, I can’t say pick the Top 5gb Top Rated…
I had stats on over 35,000 songs and over 1,400 television shows and 80 movies…
So now what? Now I call Apple, first thing in the morning and bitch bitch bitch.
Never have I hated Apple, but this is really getting me close to that point.
Moreover, I have more stuff to bitch about. iTunes refuses to Sync my Microsoft Exchange accounts from Mail to my iPhone 3G. It also doesn’t store my iPhone Apps on the proper drive, they go to my Macintosh HD not my iTunes drive.
So much of this could be prevented by iTunes storing song ratings and play counts within the files just as MediaJukebox did.
It’s official, I’m pissed off.