Re: Do you still use iTunes to manage your media on your iOS device or have you cut the cord?
I currently have a lifetime of ripped music, about 150 gigabites of mp3s, stored on a hard drive. I use it for streaming to my home stereo, playing through itunes when sitting at my desk, and i drag and drop music back and forth between my nano for excercising and my 80 gb ipod used sporatically now, and my 64gb iphone. Point is i don't really have a desire to cut off my computer. Itunes match costs money so i have about 19k songs in google music instead, but that's not my whole collection, which includes many things not commercially available anyways. Google also has song matching free not too. So Itunes match is a nonstarter as a solution for me. Money doesn't grow on trees for me so every little savings matter. Especially coming out of a recession.
Originally Posted by Jeremy
I actually love the look of itunes, but the sluggishness of using it with a larger external drive and on windows leaves a ton to be desired. I'd rather itunes fix the myriad of silly stuff it does because it thinks i'm stupid. For example, it should be able to monitor the content in my music folder on my external drive for changes like winamp could in 1999. this library mess is annoying. i constantly cull my collection, add new songs etc and it's so cumbersome to save a file to the folder then have to go find the song in the directory, open itunes and manually drag it into itunes. It should simply rescan in the background automatically. As for syncing, i have too much music to simply sync even with 80gb ipods and 64 gb iphones. to simply hit sync and be done. I need overhead for games, videos, images, apps as well. But i'm still copying 48GBs of music onto my phone. So another issue itunes, when syncing things like apps loves occasionally tell you if you continue it will delete all your apps on a phone. Wtf? why would i want to do that? If i wanted to delete all that stuff i'd have deleted it. It doesn't even give an option. I find it very confusing and needlessly apple typical confusing handholding. Aside from being slow as molasses there are other small things but aside from those issues i still play music at my desk with itunes and thus like local copies. Oh i got tons of playlists on my desktop i manage.
Additionally, I don't trust "the cloud" as a backup. I have all my digital media backed up on discs or other hard drives. Especially when i hear of stories of itunes match/google match swapping out songs with curse words for radio friendly crap versions. Quite an issue if you're like me and spent a life accumulating 60gb or 70 GBs of uncut hip-hop. no self respecting hip-hop head purposefully buys radio versions. So i know that all my stuff is tagged properly, backed up properly, and i'm getting the correct versions of songs.
Also music are not the only media i manage in itunes, i have audiobooks, a few videos, and all my ebooks. And that doesn't touch the roughly 1.5 terabytes of movies i've got on my external drive. I don't add those to my iphone but i would add some if i had and ipad and was traveling. In fact i have added tv shows to my iphone for traveling. And as for audiobooks once i'm done listening i delete them and add another so i'm constantly changing the content on my phone.
Oh another major issue is I don't don't have a consistent 3g data signal. I got sprint which is already suspect, but i live in an area near where the geography has several pockets of dead data reception. No data means no consistent streaming. Also there are many many businesses that i go into and if you don't stand by the front door the reception dies indoors. Like my local Best Buy. If you go to the back of the store and you're streaming tunein radio it goes dead. That's enough right there to have most of my stuff local. but living off of itunes match isn't gonna happen or any other similar service. In fact i use Google Music largely for when i just have to hear a song and face the sad realization that it's one of the many not actually on my phone. But it's not at all my main source of music or how i manage music typically.
Another point is i'm not locked into to buying media through apple or itunes. In fact i've never bought any thing from them except 4 apps. I use pcs though i'm switching to a mac. But i don't buy tv, movies, music, books or anything from apple so many of their services don't offer me much other than another alternative store.