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An Introduction to iTunes 5’s New Features

Apple today announced a long-awaited major revision to its iTunes software, iTunes 5, available immediately for both Mac and PC.

In June, iLounge’s Editors compiled a list of their Top 10 iTunes 5 Feature Requests. The incredible volume of reader responses this article generated clearly indicates the widespread anticipation of a non-trivial iTunes update.

It’s finally here. While it’s obvious iTunes 5 doesn’t include all the features that we (and our readers) had hoped for, we’re generally impressed with what we’ve seen so far:  iTunes 5 boasts playlist folders, Windows contact syncing, parental controls, a new search function, album reviews, a slick new look, and more.

Here is a brief overview of each of these features: Download iTunes 5 and follow along!

Playlist Folders:

Satisfying one of the most-requested iTunes features, Apple gave iTunes 5 the ability to categorize playlists into “folders.”

To create a new playlist folder, simply choose “New Folder” from iTunes’ “File” menu. A new folder will be created in the Source column, ready for you to rename and drag-and-drop playlists into.

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Tip: If you select the playlist folder in iTunes’ Source column, the Library window will contain the contents of all playlists inside that folder.

Disappointingly, however, Apple’s new (iPod Software Updater 2005-09-06), released today, does not include iPod updates to allow these playlist folders to be navigable on the iPod itself. Instead, the individual playlists will appear on the iPod as they did when using iTunes 4.9 and below. 

Still, we’ll be using this feature extensively, as we’ve had a couple dozen playlists crowding our iTunes Music Libraries’ “Source” columns for ages.

Search Bar:

One of iTunes’ neatest new features is hidden unless you try to use it. Type a few letters into the familiar-looking iTunes “Search” field in the upper right corner of the display, and you’ll be surprised to find a new “Search Bar” appear at the top of your library window.

Much like the Spotlight Search Bar that MacOS X Tiger users are no doubt familiar with, this search bar allows the user to easily narrow their existing search with one or two additional clicks. Ever typed a search request, only to find there’s 300 valid results? Narrow them down by Type (the buttons on the left), or field (the buttons on the right), and the long list of results will instantly shrink accordingly.

 

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Sure… this feature is helpful within your own library, but what about the Music Store?  Try a search while viewing the Music Store… you’ll notice the same “Search Bar” appears along with a new search results panel, as below:

 

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Tip:  You can permanently activate the “Search Bar” by using the “Show Search Bar” menu item in iTunes’ “Edit” menu.

While this new Spotlight-esque search enhancement is neat, we were disappointed to see that it is lacking one key analog to a popular Spotlight feature—the ability to instantly save a search as a “Smart Folder” (or Smart Playlist, in this case).

Windows Contact Synchronizing:

Since the 2nd Generation iPod, Mac iPod users have been able to easily keep their computer’s contact information stored in Apple’s “Address Book” program synchronized with the iPod using MacOS X’s iSync software. Since iTunes 4.8, this functionality has been incorporated into iTunes itself… but again for Mac users only. All the while, Windows users had been required the to export vCard files from their favorite contacts management program and drag-and-drop them to a folder on the iPod. No longer is the process so un-elegant, and neither is “Enable Disk Use” still a prerequisite; now, Windows users can set up iTunes to automatically synchronize contacts from either Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express to the iPod.

To do so, open iTunes’ “Preferences” window from the “File” menu, and choose the “iPod” tab (your iPod must be connected).  The appropriate settings are on this panel.

Parental Controls:

Also new to iTunes 5 is the ability for administrators/parents to restrict various capabilities for unauthorized users or children.

To activate these features, open iTunes’ Preferences window, and click on the “Parental” tab. This will reveal 4 important (and largely self-explanatory) control features, shown in the screenshot below:

 

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Note that these settings are worthless unless you activate the “Click the lock to prevent future changes” feature at the bottom of the window, preventing unauthorized users from changing the security settings.

Though none of iLounge’s editors is a parent, we think this feature will be a welcome addition for many.  iLounge’s previous sentiments regarding uncensored pornographic podcasts no longer apply… Kudos, Apple!

Album Reviews:

The iTunes Music Store now accomodates the viewing of Album Reviews. Reviews can be read by simply navigating to an album page in the iTunes Music Store, such as “Demon Days” by Gorillaz.  Only 1000 albums display reviews at this time.

It appears that Album Reviews are currently provided by “All Music Guide,” and user reviews cannot be submitted.  Thus, this feature improvement is not terribly major, but the additional information is welcome.

Lyrics:

iTunes 5 now includes the ability to store lyrics text as a part of each Track’s “Get Info” panel. Simply select any song in your library, right-click, and choose “Get Info.” You’ll notice a “Lyrics” tab, into which you can paste as much text as you want.

 

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Click OK, and the lyrics are stored along with the song.

It remains to be seen whether or not there will be an upcoming iPod Software Update that will allow these lyrics to be displayed on current and past iPods.  However, if the new iPod nano’s capability to do so is any indication, there will be.

There’s one item about lyrics that leads iLounge’s editors to feel that Apple has missed an opportunity for a neat feature: lyrics content cannot yet be used as a criteria for a Smart Playlist. Imagine creating a smart playlist of all songs which contain the word “love,” for example. Unfortunately, all we can do for now is imagine, although we’re sure we’ll see this feature in either an iTunes update or as a third-party add-on.

Easy-to-enable Bookmarking and Shuffle Exclusion:

In previous versions of iTunes, the user needed AppleScripts or direct file manipulation to enable the “audiobook-like” automatic bookmarking capability on any old song.  In iTunes 5, it’s as easy as clicking a check box.

Simply right click on any track, select “Get Info,” and in the “Info” tab, you’ll find the following check boxes:

 

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The first, of course, will be a godsend to iTunes users who like to rip their own audiobooks, and the second will be helpful to, for example, iTrip users annoyed by the intermittent beeping in their shuffle play (simply check this box for all your “iTrip” station tracks).

New Shuffling Algorithm:

iTunes 5’s new “Smart Shuffle” setting allows the user to determine how “random” the shuffle feature is.  To utilize this feature, open iTunes’ Preferences, and click on the “Playback” tab.  You’ll see the following:

 

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Do you crave true variety, and hate it when iTunes plays two songs in a row by the same artist? Move the slider towards “less likely”. Want more of a radio station-like “Double-Header” format, where you’re likely to hear more than one song in a row by the same artist? Move the slider toward “more likely.”

We were originally surprised to see this slightly geeky feature implemented in Apple’s “simplicity-oriented” iTunes software, but we think it will be a neat feature either for those who questioned the randomness of iTunes’ shuffle feature, or for those who simply want more control.

Conclusions:

How do iLounge’s editors feel about iTunes 5? Generally great. We have a few beefs (i.e. Podcasts now show up in the Music Library, no lyrics in smart playlists, same old visualizer, and importing/burning preferences are now buried under “Advanced” settings), but all in all, we feel that iTunes 5 is a healthy mix of new features and ease-of-use.

Have a good time!

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Comments

1

An author data field would have been nice for audiobooks.

When are we going to get adjustable gaps between songs? Most people clamor for gapless but I listen to mostly classical and jazz and tracks are just too close togther as things are now. Some tracks/music just don’t sound right when jammed too close togther, they require a little breathing room or time to digest.

Posted by zymonk on September 7, 2005 at 6:38 PM (CDT)

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The Remember Playback Position and Skip When Shuffling options are great- EXCEPT that they don’t show when when you select multiple songs, which makes them totally useless. I am not going to individually right click on 300 This American Life episodes, and 100ish iTrip stations.

Posted by superbad on September 7, 2005 at 6:52 PM (CDT)

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Oh, and why can’t we do On the Fly transcoding with regular (non-Shuffle) iPods? I *know* it will make syncing slow, but it will still be faster than manually transcoding all my lossless files to mp3 like I do now.

Posted by superbad on September 7, 2005 at 6:55 PM (CDT)

4

Interesting that there is yet another Apple UI.  The window corners are not as rounded as on other Apple applications.

Posted by parabaraba on September 7, 2005 at 8:01 PM (CDT)

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Jerrod, do you use a Mac?  iTunes looks way better than Windows.  Either that or I’m missing some sort of skin option…

~Dan

Posted by papayaninja on September 7, 2005 at 9:13 PM (CDT)

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They also took away the option to not show the iTunes music store. Just incase we forgot about it?

Posted by JuanoTejano on September 7, 2005 at 9:21 PM (CDT)

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papayaninja—

Yes, the screenshots above were taken using the Mac version of iTunes.  However, the difference between this and the Windows version should not be much.  Really only the Preferences and Get Info panels are significantly uglier on Windows.

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on September 7, 2005 at 9:39 PM (CDT)

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JuanoTejano—

Feel free to use the Parental Control features on yourself… you can hide the Music Store that way.

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on September 7, 2005 at 9:41 PM (CDT)

9

Am I imagining things? If you look under Prefs-Advanced-Burning, it now appears that you can select no gap when burning an audio CD.

Meg

Posted by megsaint on September 7, 2005 at 11:01 PM (CDT)

10

What if I don’t want to have my Podcasts in the Library? Is there someway to stop that? Thanks!

Posted by z_master011 on September 7, 2005 at 11:04 PM (CDT)

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Megsaint—

I believe that option has been there before, but if you were to try it, you’d still notice a small gap between your songs… it’s in the nature of MP3/AAC/___-encoding itself to create a gap *in the file*.

Read about it here:
http://www.geocities.com/altbinariessoundsmusicclassical/mp3gaps.html

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on September 7, 2005 at 11:29 PM (CDT)

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I’m so glad the iTunes podcasts are part of the Library now and can be incorporated into Smart playlists.

Just the other day I gave up on the iTunes podcasts because they were a separate item. Now I can consider subscribing via iTunes again.

Posted by Miraz on September 7, 2005 at 11:54 PM (CDT)

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Am i the only one to notice that the “Remember playback position” option works on mp3’s also. Isn’t this a big deal. You don’t have to reencode into an AAC to have bookmarking in iTunes. Of course it doen’t carry onto the iPod (or at least not my 3G) but it wasn’t mentioned anywhere in the article.

Posted by cruss on September 7, 2005 at 11:55 PM (CDT)

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z_master011 -  I was irked by that as well - Have iTunes display the search bar (Ctrl+Shift+B), and select “Music”

Posted by rob214 on September 8, 2005 at 12:18 AM (CDT)

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Just after I launched the newly installed iTunes 5 on my PC it had to go through a progress bar that said it was updating music library.  Then after I synched my iPod the next time it reloaded about 1500 of my 3800 song library.  Has anyone seen this?  And if so, what was iTunes doing?

Thanks

Posted by drcooper in Little Rock, AR on September 8, 2005 at 12:33 AM (CDT)

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I was really excited about the Playlist Folders, since I have dozens of them and all relevant to some major categories that would make excellent folders - needless to say, very, very disappointed that Apple didn’t update iPod software to implement that.

Same issue with the lyrics.

And what about fixing the dynamic update of smart playlists in the iPod?

And where’s tetris, dammit?!?

In other words, the iPod software update could have used more cowbell.  Come on Apple… you’re better than this, baby.

I didn’t spend $450 on the 60GB iPod Photo to be shafted less than 6 months later.

Posted by rob214 on September 8, 2005 at 12:33 AM (CDT)

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Like drcooper, I had about 380 songs reload on my iPod after update.  Also now, which is very annnnnoying, I have the Podcast broadcasters listed as individual artists under Music>Artists on my iPod menu.  The update sync changed this as it was not this way before.  How to I get those Podcaster names out of my Music>Artists folder without dumping the whole lot?  If that’s the case,and I have to unsync them I am sure I won’t be the only one to dump all the Podcasts if I have to navigate through them in the Artists menu.  It’s clunky.

Posted by smoyerjx on September 8, 2005 at 12:55 AM (CDT)

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Still can’t sync contacts and calendar.  If you’re using Outlook 2003, for some reason you get an error that says ‘The iPod <your ipod> cannot be updated. Unknown error occurred -50’.  I am one of three people so far that is reporting this problem on the Apple Discussion board.  I have Security and all interfering anti-virus, firewalls, etc. turned off and I still get this error. If anyone has a solution, it would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by Teknojunkie in Florida on September 8, 2005 at 1:23 AM (CDT)

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Too late, I just dumped all the Podcasts and unsubscribed from all of them in iTunes.  It became too complicated and I just don’t want all all that clutter on my iPod.  There’s 250 artists listed already and I hate to get confused with the addition of another 30 many non-music names on the iPod’s menu. 

I predict that mess will either be fixed or become a setback for those who think Podcasts synced in Itunes are the big thing.  Podcasts?  In the end, I can get the info faster by reading.  No big loss.

Posted by smoyerjx on September 8, 2005 at 1:31 AM (CDT)

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Endeavor -

Thanks for your correction… the article has been edited.

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on September 8, 2005 at 1:33 AM (CDT)

21

iTMS has had All Music Guide reviews for months. I’ve seen tons of them—and I like that they aren’t all positive marketing, they’re honest assessments, good and bad alike, about the album.

Sometimes you have to scroll down in the album view to see the review, but they aren’t new. Are they done in some different way now?

Posted by Nagromme on September 8, 2005 at 2:45 AM (CDT)

22

I have the same problem when trying to sync the contacts and calendar. It then created duplicates of exisitng contacts but no calendar. Go figure?

Posted by targa88 in Calgary Alberta on September 8, 2005 at 2:49 AM (CDT)

23

I still have not figured out how to make a smart playlist according to songs with “My rating” of any about on stars!  Just as with previous releases of iTunes, I cannot select any number of stars to create the list!  ie, a list of all 4 star songs!

Anyone else have this problem, or should I just give up and go Mac??

Posted by ASUDragon28 on September 8, 2005 at 3:27 AM (CDT)

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My windows install went ok, but it did resynch a load of songs for some reason i dont understand.

ASUDragon28, are you saying you cant create a smart playlist that selects songs rated 4 stars?  If so, i have done this:
you set “match the following rule” :
“my rating” “is” “****”

It was straightforward for me.

Posted by tecstar on September 8, 2005 at 3:50 AM (CDT)

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Jerrod—

Judging by the iLounge forum traffic, even on its very first day, there seems to be a lot of chatter about bugs with this new upgrade—particularly with respect to those with large podcast subscription lists.

Ironically, I just spent a great deal of time over this last, Labor Day weekend moving all of my podcast subscriptions from my various music playlists (imported from ipodder.org) to iTunes 4.9’s separate podcast section. 

I am enjoying having the podcasts segregated this way.  And, iTunes is a very reliable aggregator.  It is working out really well.  In addition to the fine iLounge.com podcast, I subscribe to another 60 or so.  There really is a rich universe of programming out there, from news to features to fiction to music shows.

So, given my large subscription list and the problems being reported, would you recommend that I leave well enough alone, and just stick to keeping iTunes 4.9 as is, perhaps waiting for a future upgrade that will be less problematic?

Or, would you just bite the bullet and upgrade to take advantage of the other new features, knowing that I might have to start all over again to resubscribe and download all of those podcasts that have already taken so much time?

Fellow iLoungers, feel free to weigh in as well.

Jerrod, thanks for your timely and high-quality reviews.  You folks at iLounge really enhance the already wonderful iPod experience.

Posted by tunetown on September 8, 2005 at 4:26 AM (CDT)

26

Did anyone noticed the “Videos” tab in the new search bar? Can it be a hint that ITunes 5 will be supporting the upcoming “Ipod Video”? Hm….. I am really curious now:D

Posted by Pavidus in Singapore on September 8, 2005 at 5:15 AM (CDT)

27

So loading iTunes 5 on my XP pc today has been a nightmare.  Everytime I try to install, it tells me I need Quicktime 7.0 (which I thought it was supposed to automatically install for me).  I’ve tried to manually install the stand-alone Quicktime 7.0 but it’s not installing either.  So I cannot access any of my music, etc.

Apple support page says to uninstall previous versions of iTunes and Quicktime.  I did.  It says to clear my temp folder.  I did.  It says to run Windows Install Cleanup.  I did.  Still not working. 

Anybody trying to install iTunes on a Windows XP machine having similar difficulties?

Christian

Posted by realworldworship on September 8, 2005 at 5:22 AM (CDT)

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Christian,

I suggest doing a system restore and reinstalling the iTunes 5 after a fresh reboot.

Posted by whiteliter on September 8, 2005 at 6:25 AM (CDT)

29

Just after I launched the newly installed iTunes 5 on my PC it had to go through a progress bar that said it was updating music library.  Then after I synched my iPod the next time it reloaded about 1500 of my 3800 song library.  Has anyone seen this?  And if so, what was iTunes doing?

mine did the same thing, albeit it was only a few songs [<100] and it seemed to be only my 5 star rated songs [which is the only rating i’ll give a song]

Did anyone noticed the “Videos

Posted by Harrison in Melbourne, Australia on September 8, 2005 at 6:27 AM (CDT)

30

its a shame that folders dont expand automatically (try dragging a song to a playist in a closed folder - dont work)

would be nice if it worked

Posted by Anh Han on September 8, 2005 at 7:37 AM (CDT)

31

I’m getting the “The iPod <your ipod> cannot be updated. Unknown error occurred -50”. message too, alos with Outlook 2003, full admin.  My contacts synced, just not the calendar.  Didnt see anything on the apple boards.

The Remeber song position needs to be a multiple select thing too!

Posted by paulbradley1 on September 8, 2005 at 8:01 AM (CDT)

32

You’ve forgotten the most important new feature:
You can now encode in VBR AAC. Much more important than a little interface update!

Posted by Gerwin on September 8, 2005 at 8:02 AM (CDT)

33

Note- iLounge Editors:

you missed something on the bookmarking update.

iTunes 5 auto sets it on all podcasts. It’s been automatically set on all my podcasts, even on my iPod! Pretty awesome…. way to go apple.

But please Apple, please! Take podcasts back to their own directory, out of the library! not a helpful move….

....make it an option in the preferences or something.

Posted by Dijon on September 8, 2005 at 9:15 AM (CDT)

34

I am so happy there is a feature to skip iTrip stations in shuffle mode - I have lost count of how many times I have had the radio reset whilst listening in the car!

Posted by Trunk Guy in London on September 8, 2005 at 10:58 AM (CDT)

35

Re bugs—forums always draw problem reports: seeking help (or just complaining) is human nature. Any forum will make any topic seem more problematic than reality.

And I always wait on ANY product before making the jump. Bugs exist—better to let others find them.

Posted by Nagromme on September 8, 2005 at 12:10 PM (CDT)

36

whiteliter…

sounding like an idiot is so last season but could you clarify what you mean by doing a system restore?

Christian

Posted by realworldworship on September 8, 2005 at 1:50 PM (CDT)

37

I wonder why Apple does not use the “last time played” info to avoid playing the same songs too quickly again in shuffle mode.

With some fuzzy algorithm this “last played” info could be used to determine which songs have been played recently so that they can be skipped until many of the other not-so-recently-played songs have had their turn. With this technique, songs would not even get replayed too soon if you had turned off the iPod in between, right (assuming Apple does update the “last played” info even on the iPod)?

(I have suggested this in a feedback msg to Apple a few months ago)

Posted by tempi on September 8, 2005 at 1:56 PM (CDT)

38

Like some others, I have had nothing but problems since I have tried to launch iTunes 5. My library was lost. I have managed to recover everything almost everything but my audio books and about 500 songs are still missing. And because my iPod is an HP, Apple won’t help me with out charging a fee but they are are aware of the problem. And yes I am running XP.

Posted by hawaiigirl on September 8, 2005 at 2:45 PM (CDT)

39

vbr in aac is not selectable as it is in mp3 - am i missing something?
i would also like these boring names taken away from the thrilling list of musical geniuses

Posted by mugtastic on September 8, 2005 at 3:20 PM (CDT)

40

Gerwin wrote:

> You’ve forgotten the most important new
> feature: You can now encode in VBR AAC.
> Much more important than a little interface
> update!

This is great! Definitely something I’ve been wanting. Anyone know what “Optimize for voice” means?

—Orgel

Posted by orgel in Falls Church, VA on September 8, 2005 at 3:39 PM (CDT)

41

Mine also reloaded about 400 songs. I didn’t notice any pattern on which songs, but it may well have been the songs that I had rated, as another poster noticed. Any leads on what this is about? And also, is it going to happen every time I synch now? ‘Cos that would be teh annoying. I’ve only synched once since the upgrade, I guess I’ll try it again when I get home tonight.

Posted by kingpause on September 8, 2005 at 5:31 PM (CDT)

42

I’m just upset that they didn’t change the color of the notes in the icon. I remember iTunes 1 having three notes, iTunes 2 having blue notes, and iTunes 3 having purple notes. Are we to be stuck with green notes for both iTunes 4 and 5?

Posted by rascalb on September 8, 2005 at 6:29 PM (CDT)

43

something (I don’t think) has been mentioned is that burning CDs from playlists is now a 1-click procedure. You hit burn disk, pop in the blank, and it just goes aheard and burns your CD ... it doesn’t wait for you to click again to confirm.

although minor, this is a _great_ updae. so often, I’d be working on my desktop and burning comps on my PowerBook. I’d hit “burn”, pop in the CD, then turn around and go back to work, only to find iTunes had waited 30 secs for confirmation and then just spat the disk out again

Posted by Lawrence Mikkelsen in New Zealand on September 8, 2005 at 10:23 PM (CDT)

44

Here’s a tip for those of you who don’t like podcast’s invading the library.  Go to the ‘Edit’ menu and select ‘Show Search Bar’.  In the search bar, click ‘Music’.  Nice huh?

Posted by iPlayboy on September 8, 2005 at 10:25 PM (CDT)

45

HELP i have a prob wit itunes five, i cant keep my podcasts out of my songs folder!!! anyone else got these probs?

Posted by Nebz on September 8, 2005 at 11:15 PM (CDT)

46

I have tried to upgrade my iTunes, and I keep being told that the installer is corrupt and need to download again and try again, but get the same issue.  AARRGGGGGG.  Anyone know a work around?

Posted by barely29 on September 8, 2005 at 11:18 PM (CDT)

47

i set podcasts to compilations to get those names off my ipod artist list.
anyone imported aac at vbr yet - it doesn’t seem selectable under custom settings

Posted by mugtastic on September 8, 2005 at 11:20 PM (CDT)

48

I have done absolutely everything Apple recommends for iTunes 5 install problems from their support site.  Obviously, they were expecting some of this. 

I guess I just throw away my ipod and go pack to cassettes.

Posted by realworldworship on September 9, 2005 at 12:24 AM (CDT)

49

Well, well, well. I downloaded 5.0 last night and tried to load contacts on my iPOD photo tonight. I use an IBM T40 laptop with XP Pro.  Even though I had the correct Outlook Contacts folder open, iTunes extracted Contacts from a different folder (no way I could see to specify desired Contacts list under Preferences beyond stipulating “Outlook”), took forever (no indication of status in terms of e.t., time remaining, % complete, “contact #X of Y contacts”, etc.), crashed the syste (got the “SERIOUS SYSTEM ERROR” msg), auto-booted and—well, you get the picture. Then I discovered that the contacts download was incomplete (not surprising), and that more than 50% of the records had multiple instantiations on the iPOD—most with 2, but several with 3 and even 4. I found that the email field was nearly universally corrupted in the dupes (concatenating names and phone #s and such-like garbage). OK, so maybe the Wintel contacts download isn’t ready for prime time. BUT, I now find that I can’t get rid of the gradoo on the iPOD—the famous one-way synch won’t actually synch to clean up this mess after I un-selected contacts download under Preferences. In short, the wrong list, incomplete, with system crash, garbage on the POD, and no way to blow it off…  Very nice.  Maybe I’ll try the Calendar download… ...or maybe not.

Posted by Pioneer on September 9, 2005 at 2:38 AM (CDT)

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orgel wrote:
“Anyone know what “Optimize for voice

Posted by Gerwin on September 9, 2005 at 7:49 AM (CDT)

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““Anyone know what “Optimize for voice

Posted by Gerwin on September 9, 2005 at 7:52 AM (CDT)

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“Optimize for voice” changes the sample rate from 44.1 khz to 22.05 khz. Basicly it cuts off the frequencies that the outside the voice. 44.1 khz = 20 hz 20 khz (average range of human hearing) 22.05 khz = I can’t remeber the math but its much more limited. Sorry it’s late. “Optimize for voice” could do more but thats all I know.

Posted by Notagumshoe on September 9, 2005 at 9:13 AM (CDT)

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but where oh where is the switch music store button… I am a nomad so i live in a few different countries and have a few credit cards in those countries and thus a few id’s in those countries music stores…. and now all of a sudden I am directed to the music store where i was logged in while upgrading to 5.0 and see no change shop buttons…

and does anyone know if the update smart playlist function is back?

Posted by yocko on September 9, 2005 at 1:27 PM (CDT)

54

I have a question, actually two.
1. What exactly does “Bonjour service” (which was installed with Itunes 5 and the latest required QT)? It seems to be some sort of networking feature which automatically “reads IPs”...to prevent trading??  How can it be removed from Win XP?

2. I’ve been trying to use the “bookmarking” feature and on some podcasts I don’t get any info beyond the “summary” screen. There are no tabs for other options when you select “get info”.

And on other mp3s, the “options” tab is there, but you can’t select “remember playback position” because it’s greyed out.

Posted by speedy21 on September 9, 2005 at 2:30 PM (CDT)

55

Okay, am I the only one still having problems with getting the thing to work? If I have to close iTunes for some reason, I have to reinstall it inorder to get it to work. I am almost ready to say forget it. Each and every time it is the Bonjour service that is the problem.

Posted by hawaiigirl on September 9, 2005 at 4:37 PM (CDT)

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The lyrics feature looks promising, as well as the shuffle feature!

Posted by Blue IPod Mini Lover on September 9, 2005 at 9:30 PM (CDT)

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I too had the Unknown error occurred -50

Posted by nzkeades in New Zealand on September 10, 2005 at 7:11 AM (CDT)

58

Is this true that iTunes won’t let you switch the location of the Music Store? That’s a big one for me.

Posted by RMHanwell on September 10, 2005 at 9:10 AM (CDT)

59

You can still switch location of the music store, just scroll down to the bottom of the music store’s main page and you’ll find a roll-down menu.

Posted by sorengz on September 11, 2005 at 8:28 AM (CDT)

60

Has anyone with a linksys adsl2mue modem had problems with itunes 5.0? it buggered up my internet connection with it’s zero-config Bonjour service. I have to now firewall itunes and bonjour to be able to use the internet - bloddy annoying.

Posted by Jonpod on September 11, 2005 at 8:13 PM (CDT)

61

I *wish* they would put in an automatically join tracks feature.  It seems so simple - the information about the amount of silence between tracks is already encoded on the CD.  If the amount is zero, it should automatically join the two tracks when ripping.

Posted by frizbog on September 11, 2005 at 10:06 PM (CDT)

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I’m surprised nobody has mentioned the upside of podcasts in the library: now you can share them! So I can have my desktop machine, with a big disk that is always on, download lots of podcasts, and I can listen to them from any machine on my network.

Perhaps it would be nice to have a preference that made them invisible, but it’s a great thing that now they are treated just like all other material.

It is strange that when looking at a shared library, the podcasts don’t appear when you select Podcasts in the search bar: they only appear when you select Music or All. (I think that’s “strange” as in “bug.”)

I’m quite please with iTunes 5 + pearLyrics.

Posted by dmlynch on September 15, 2005 at 2:35 AM (CDT)

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Yes we need a fix for the broken dynamic updating of smart playlists on the iPod. This is beyond annoying - I had to revert back to 1.1 on the Pod!

Posted by theguru1974 on September 18, 2005 at 1:03 PM (CDT)

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Looking good so far, just upgraded to ver 5 on xp with no serious bugs…. yet. Sorry to hear so many people are having problems. Anyone figured out how to paste lyrics into the lyrics box? Right click doesn’t bring up usual options and tool bar is greyed out. Not a big deal though - just playing!

Posted by tourist on September 18, 2005 at 5:23 PM (CDT)

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