Organize my iTunes

I’m looking for somebody to get our iTunes library consolidated and organized – or maybe some advice on how to do it. Right now it’s spread out over three lap tops and an external hard drive. Perhaps iCloud is the solution? All I know is that right now it’s a GF and I feel a bit overwhelmed thinking about it. Thoughts or advice? Oh yeah — as much as I would enjoy putting some time into this; it’s a pretty low priority — and with 49% of the vote, I don’t see its status rising. Therefore third-party solutions will be considered.

7 Comments

Cory Fechner

about 12 years ago

http://www.google.com/music

z_man

about 12 years ago

I would agree with Cory or alternatively you can pay 25 bucks a year for a service from Apple called iTunes Match which synchs all of your libraries and stores them on a server.  You can then download them to any of your Apple devices.  I have been using it for 2 months now, and it does work very good.  One nice thing is if you have device that is getting too full this no longer is an issue as you have access to all your music any time you have an internet/cellular connection. 

Downsides: if you have spotty cell connection it can be annoying having to wait while your device downloads the file.

Double Downside: Apple is charging you 25 bucks (per year!!!) for a service Amazon and Google currently offer for free. Oh and big surprise, Apple doesn't allow any Google or Amazon apps that would support its corresponding services in the app store.

But like I said, like a true Apple fan boy I purchased the service and it works well...

//end rant

Cory Fechner

about 12 years ago

You can access Google Music from the iPhone browser.  But same thing you will need a decent data connection to stream the music that you have not sync'd locally with your device. The Google Music Manager app works well on either Windows or MAC for uploading and managing your music.

Cory Fechner

about 12 years ago

Google Music in a mobile browser should look something like this:

wildgoose

about 12 years ago

I have been using google music, helped to beta test it even (mainly my input was musical as I am a technological trogolodite when it comes to coding and machine languages, etc).  Some things I have noticed is that it can take a lot of time to upload the tunes which is a ram/bandwidth hog on my machine.  Also as a DJ/music enthusiast the 20,000 song limit is not nearly enough to get everything in the cloud.  Although, there is a lot of crap in my library and you could potentially cull the tracks you don't want to make more room. This goes to the album vs. playlist approach to  music that is essentially a philosophical question without answer.  As for playback, I was enthusiastic about the potential for this technology to essentially eliminate the need for me to "have" music and yet to have access to it immediately at all times and everywhere.  Revolutionary.  Except, not yet.  The playback stutters  bit, and occasionally tracks get mislabeled or truncated.  I think google music is great, I just thought that I'd share some experiences with its (current) shortcomings.  For now, for stored music, I still endorse I Tunes as the cleanest, most practical medium for the way that I use it.

z_man

about 12 years ago

Cool, didn't even think about using a browser.  I guess now the only downside of the Google option would be you can't actually download and save your multimedia to an iOS device, for times when you are connectionless (or connection-free rather).

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