The (partial) OC and the Ipod

Thursday, August 27, 2009

I'm very particular with my Ipod. The songs HAD to have the correct information including album cover. I-tunes isn't very user friendly and took several frustrating uploads to my Ipod. Apparently I had much to learn, ICK! John Mayer songs mixed in a Kanye album? Are you kidding me?!? I'm glad my friend Olive, a fellow Ipod OC, felt my pain and was patient enough to explain things.

Learning from the mistakes of others is a good educational tool. Here are a few things I wish I knew and some I picked up along the way.

1. Protection is non-negotiable.
I couldn't use my (nameless! Still waiting for the epiphany) Ipod without a case. Tin shared Belkin's acrylic case and I fell in love. It was clear which allowed the redness of my Ipod to shine through. What sealed the deal? Unlike other cases that had a hole at the wheel, this Belkin didn't. It had a thin plastic protecting the wheel. Perfection!

2. Space Matters

Never leave a space (_) after the song title/artist/album cover. I-tunes considers it a different category. "Kate Nash" and "Kate Nash " are considered 2 different artists.

3. Size Matters

Check the album cover's file size before pasting it in I-tunes because it adds to the song's file size. 20kb is good enough for me.

4. Delete it

If you must change the existing album cover, delete it. If you merely paste over it, the old album cover's file size would still be embedded

5. Same Name = One Album

"The Greatest Hits" as an album title is very original. You don't want your R&B songs to mingle with the alternative one just because they're part of a greatest hits album right? I simply add the artist's name: "The Greatest Hits - Smashing Pumpkins".

6. Charge and Add

It clearly says in the manual that the device has a maximum number of times that it can be charged. We all know that every time you connect the Ipod to the computer it charges. To avoid unnecessary charging I drain my Ipod, plug it in and load all my new songs. 2 birds with 1 stone!

What other Ipod tips helped you out a lot?

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