I dropped a folder of mp3s that also included an associated .m3u playlist onto iTunes 9. Lo and behold iTunes didn’t double up the tracks! Yay, finally! Previously I’d always needed to remove any playlists before adding to the Library.
As a tiny experiment, I dropped just the .m3u file and iTunes added the tracks fine. Seems iTunes now knows to ignore them when appropriate. About time, really.
I get burned by this all the time, so it’s honestly quite nicely to see that iTunes finally is getting smart about it.
Overal, I think iTunes 9 has been one of the best updates of recent years. Lots of great new refinements and enhancements. All they need is FLAC support and it will be the best media player out there!
1) Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs NY — TONIGHT! (Friday) 10pm: We’re hosting CollegeHumor Live (w/Dan Levy and TJ Miller) More information here. (Might be Students Only)
2) Southern Connecticut State, New Haven CT — Sept 16 (Wednesday) 7:30pm: We’re hosting CollegeHumor Live (w/Dan Levy and Na’im Lynn). More information here. (Open to Public)
We’ll be hanging out after the shows, so don’t be shy about stopping by/saying hi/asking for a picture/demanding a pizza from us. And if you want us to come to a school near YOU, check out CollegeHumor.com/Live for details on how to do that. Hint: it involves a bomb threat. No it doesn’t.
posting this in hopes that jake and amir start following me as promised…
For many music fans today marked one of the best days of their lives. Yes, on 9/9/09 the newly remastered Beatles albums were released to the world.
For Apple fans, it seemed only natural that Apple would announce at their event, also held on 9/9/09, that The Beatles were finally coming to iTunes.
But alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Even if Yoko kinda, sorta, maybe said it would.
Many will tell you they knew this was the case. They’re lying. They were pretty sure, but not positive. And while Andy Ihnatko had a great theory, John Gruber put it best when he said:
maybe [I agree with Ihnatko] because I’m not attending this event and I’ll shit myself if I miss out on Paul and Ringo appearing and playing together.
Many thought the title of Apple’s event, “It’s Only Rock and Roll But We Like It”, was a dead give away since it was a Stones tune (talk about reading tea leaves and over analyzing). Others felt that it was customary for new iPods every September so why would this year be any different?
My thoughts? They’re coming. Soon. Really soon.
Did you hear about this new iTunes LP thing? It’s essentially bringing “the record experience” to your iTunes experience:
The best thing to happen to fandom.
The visual experience of the record album returns with iTunes LP. Download select albums and experience a beautifully designed, interactive world right in your iTunes library on a Mac or PC — many are created by the artists. While you listen to your favorite songs, you can dive into animated lyrics and liner notes, watch performance videos, view artist and band photos, and enjoy other bonus materials. And become an even bigger fan.
Why is this important? Well only because this is pretty much the most perfect way to release The Beatles catalog on iTunes — once everyone has already bought their limited edition Mono box-set, the less limited (but still sold out everywhere) stereo box set, and their favourite albums for friends and family — when they finally do release it. After all, every single one of these albums were originally released on Vinyl LPs (unlike most of the iTunes LPs currently being sold), would already have great potential for bonus cuts, had memorable artwork and packaging, and have video content all set (the CDs currently being sold feature mini-documentaries). All one has to do is watch that demo video from Apple (and then re-watch that Beatles Rock Band Trailer) and you’ll see the two would mix perfectly. Like Lime and Coca-Cola!
So why not today? Simple: they’re not ready yet. Presuming that Apple (inc) has just penned a deal with Apple (corps), and that the LP format is a relatively new idea it’s going to take some time to get them all set. Remember, Jobs is a perfectionist. In fact the only people who are more of a perfectionist are Beatles fans… Plus I think Ihnatko’s prediction factors into it to: wait until everyone’s got their physical copies, then gauge ‘em one last time.
But trust me, when these do come to iTunes (and they will) it will be in the iTunes LP format, and will be the most perfect showcase for said format.
If only that had a teaser for us today. Because let’s face it: Norah Jones is talented and all, but I ain’t shellin’ out big bucks for an enhanced version of some piano music.