A couple years ago when I got my daughter a shuffle, I installed it, thinking, “Hey, it’s an Apple product–it must be awesome.” But it’s been nothing but a constant series of disappointments and frustrations.
I absolutely hate the thing. Last year I got an Ipod, and my daughter just updgraded to a Nano. Things have gotten a bit more… messy. I’ve been looking into switching to Winamp.
As mentioned, it seems like every blessed time I launch it, there’s an update available. What is so freaking unstable or broken with this app that every two weeks there’s an update released?
Other problems I’ve had (and I’m using Win XP, not Mac)-- hard/confusing to figure out how to load certain things onto your device (say I want to add a few songs and delete some video)–navigating to my device, then figuring out which tab to hit, whether to check the sync or not sync and then whatever the options are below that (I’m at work now, with no itunes). Clicking the wrong buttons will erase the device. I was hoping for some simple type of drag and drop file structure like you see in Windows, but no.
Adding files to my library is usually a pain. I can rarely select more than a few files–if I do, it does nothing. Sometimes the files need to be converted for the ipod, but nothing tells me that aside from not seeing them on my ipod when I’ve added those files and synced the ipod.
I can’t see any easy way to download files from the ipod. My daughter went away for the summer and came back with a new set of music. I’d like to be able to get those files on my computer/library, but I see no options for it (granted, I haven’t looked hard for this, and for all I know it could be happening automatically when a sync takes place–I haven’t checked to see if those files are now on my comp).
The way my songs are organized is crazy. Bands with the same name appear twice in my Artist list. Even when I’ve gone in the name field and ensured they’re the same–no extra characters, spaces, etc anywhere. I have to manually group them. Really? *It’s the exact same effing name, you pos app. *
Some of my movies seemed to have randomly been assigned to TV shows. Easy to change, but a pain.
The daughter’s Nano, upon coming home from Summer camp, would not show up on itunes. My ipod and the shuffle do just fine, but not the Nano. After much research online and much tinkering and updating of the USB driver, I was finally able to fix it, but man, what a pain. I’d blame the computer, but before she left for the summer, we hooked it up and loaded it just fine.
I could go on if I thought more about it–really, just about every time I launch the thing I wind up wanting to pull my hair out.