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One thing that I seem to be continually disappointed from apple is iTunes. Holy craptastic. If you do a search for things like removing duplicates you get close to 200k hits. There's 3rd party commercial products that you can buy to solve this issue. iTunes allows you to "see" the duplicates in a playlist, but they don't provide anyway to prevent them. Crazy. You'd expect something that been around for over 7 years to have fixed what I'd think is a basic problem.
Another thing that keeps on causing me grief is that my media is on an external drive since I've got a macbook. So, I point my media library to the external drive, but if iTunes starts up and my drive isn't already mounted it just resets to the default location. So then I've got some files on each drive, but all the files I have iTunes doesn't think exist anymore. I end up clicking on a bunch of songs to to get things going again. It would be nice if there was a generic "now the drive is remounted, check if the files are there" button, or *gasp* have it happen automatically. I know that this is a pretty complicated thing, but it would be good if you could set a "primary" media library location and default to a secondary one if that's not accessible. And when the primary is available, to "merge" in any new media that might have been added.
I recognize that this is a total pipe dream since apple isn't even able to put a "no duplicates" on a playlist. What technical roadblock causes that? No one knows of a data structure that only allows one instance of something in it? *grumble*
This is one reason why it's nice to have open source software sometimes... there would be a patch even if the commiters don't want to have that feature.
Frick.Posted by jim at March 26, 2008 09:07 PM