ITunes Headache.

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by NLAlston, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. NLAlston
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    I wonder if anyone else, here, has been experiencing a 'Beat Down' with ITunes?

    It is really giving me a fit, and (as much as I like my IPad) I have been growing of the feeling that I should have gotten a tablet from a different manufacturer. Being forced to integrate my IPad with Itunes has resulted in major issues for me. I can import NOTHING into my IPad, and the program is almost always in a 'non responding' state.

    It has never been anywhere near a consistent performer, for me, but now it is even worse. I am really at my wits end, with ITunes.
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    I entirely sympathise with you. I connected my iPad to my PC Day 1 - I had no other choice - and have never connected it since. iTunes is a monstrosity and I avoid it completely. We have so many posts on iPF with iTunes problems - I'd say it's the most frequent cause of trouble - that I decided (before I purchased my iPad) that I'd keep the two as far apart as possible.

    It seems to me that you need to be some sort of special genius - like twerppoet - to be able to fathom out iTunes. I clearly am not in that league. :(

    Tim
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    I loathe iTunes and the current architecture which relies on it. I hear that we will be free of it as soon as the new version of the OS is released.
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    iTunes has a few good points, but mostly it sucks, IMO. The app store is crazy, too. I don't understand why Apple can have high standards in some areas and apparently not give a rat's butt about the crappy iTunes and apps store experiences. To me, it's like getting dressed up and leaving your fly open.
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    Is this to mean that we would be able to utilize other programs (such as Media Monkey, etc.) by which to import our media files onto our units? Man, I HOPE so.
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    Tim, if you have found a way to import your interests into your IPad - without integrating with ITunes - please share how you are managing that. I have movies that I wish to put on my IPad for our children, and (as a photographer) I am aiming at using my IPad as a presentational tool.
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    I import movies either

    (a) if I purchase them, using the iPad's iTunes Store (i.e. not the PC iTunes program) and import them directly using WiFi
    (b) I transfer them wirelessly from my PC to my iPad if they're home movies using GoodReader
    (c) I import them directly from my camera using the optional camera connection kit
    (d) For short movies or a few photographs, I email them to myself.
    (e) I use the Apple MobileMe cloud storage facility iDisk. I upload the movies to iDisk from my PC and then download them directly from iDisk to my iPad.

    Tim
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    Also consider the vast choice of media players that let you load up movies over Wifi from shares, NAS boxes etc. I do this for all my movie content now.
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    It may be spam but I keep getting emails about Ipad Max that says it can do most of what iTunes does.
    I also get lots of mail for Copy Trans Manager which I actually looked up on the web and they look like real. Give them a look and see what you think.
    Transfer iPod to iTunes, copy iPod to PC and iPod to computer

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    I can certainly recommend Copytrans as it helped me out when I had a BIG problem with iTunes. (See my iTunes thread).
    iTunes is awful :( imho.
    I can't understand why Apple haven't taken onboard the many complaints people have with it and redeveloped a much better programme which is much more user friendly.
    I try to avoid using iTunes as much as I can nowadays.
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    Google diskaid....very handy...
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    Diskaid offers students a free version. For what I pay for my son's college tuition, I might have to have him take a look at this.
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    It seems that this thread has been highjacked by a few iTunes haters. (Not that it isn't justifiable at times*, and correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the OP was looking for a little guidance which hasn't really happened.) To the OP - What exactly is happening in iTunes that's causing the problem? Perhaps additional details might be helpful to some of the iTunes gurus here at IPF. Are you getting error messages when you synch? In what way is it "non-responsive"? Does the iPad lock up or iTunes? Do you have the most current version of iTunes running (10.3.1)? Current version of the OS (4.3.3)? I could go on but I think you see that the more detailed information provided the better chance of finding a possible solution to your issue.

    * I have, on rare occasions, a back-up problem that freezes iTunes during the synch process but I've found a fix that does not involve deleting, restoring, or uninstalling anything.
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    Interesting thread. I have not had any issues with iTunes or with syncing my iPad, iPod or iPhone to it. I have an iMac so maybe the integration is better because Windoze is not involved, or I am just fortunate. Works for me.
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    I've been using iTunes for years with very few problems and I've had Windows based OS on all my computers. I really think the problems are related to configurations, how much software people have loaded on their PC's, available memory, virus protection tweaks, and a general lack of understanding of how the program works.
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    I fail to understand how people can not grasp iTunes. My niece knew her way around it with no problems at age 8.
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    I think you've hit the solution - I need to find an eight-year old!! :D

    Tim
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    lol or a 25 y/o with 21 years computer (Mac & Windows) experience, like moi!
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    There are three secrets to getting along with iTunes.

    1) Add all third party media to iTunes first.

    2) Transfer Purchases and Sync often, at least once a week, more often if you change things a lot.

    3) Most important: Run iTunes on an reasonably current Mac (intel) no more than one major OS X update behind. For some reason Apple just can't seem to get iTunes as stable as it should be on Windows.

    :D doing the secret cult dance :D

    4) Don't forget to do your backups on the computer.

    5) Note to self: Learn to count.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2011
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    I decided to try DiskAid and it does work like is says it will. It has a simple interface and is straight forward. Time will tell how much I like it compared to iTunes.
    The second time I synced I got a message from iTunes that Bonjour Services had been disabled. I'm not sure if it's related but it appears to be and might be needed for DiskAid to work since you have to have iTunes installed and it automatically starts iTunes.
    It would be nice if it were able to show thumbnails of the photos and there are a few other things I'd like to see but it is an option for those who want to try something else.

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