At this point, several years down the road, it's become a pain to add new music to it. A while back I moved my music library to an external hard drive so that my laptop wouldn't get full. So now, when I want to add a new CD I have to hook up the external drive, then go thru the whole burning / whatever process. I used to wait a while and do it when I had a batch o' new stuff, now I just don't seem to do it at all
So, is there a solution for this? Is there a killer document or book for mgmt. of 'mature' iPods? I always thought it would be a great local service, you drop off your stuff to a local store and a few days later you pick it up and shazam - your iPod is all updated... anyone hear of this?
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I don't think I understand the problem. If the iTunes library is on external disk, then of course that disk needs to be mounted in order to do anything with it - that's not really an iPod issue, is it? I mean, if the disk isn't mounted, then you can't even listen to that music on iTunes, so maybe it's not really all that much of a favorite of yours after all ... ? I'm also not clear on how "burning" figures into the CD-->iPod process, can you elaborate on that?
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If Bert uses his iPod like I do...iTunes is ONLY used for putting songs on/off the iPod itself. My playlist on my iPod hasn't changed in years. So if I want a new song on the playlist from a new CD, i have to re-attach my external drive, fire up iTunes, rip the disc/song into iTunes, add it to the playlist, update the iPod, then disconnect the hard drive and store it again.
I think he is looking for an easy way to add a song...like you could go to a brick-n-mortar store, pay your money, leave your iPod there, and in a day (hour, whatever) they'd have put it onto the iPod for you.
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This is what the future is about: Saas(Software as a service). You could probably outsource administration requests to a VA(virtual assistant) on the other side of the world then. We will have no softwares in the future. All development will be in the cloud, your DB will be in the cloud, your app will run in the cloud. NO debugging, no coding, No nething!!