I have my music collection on my little old file server, in a folder shared over the network. I bought an iPod, thinking that it and iTunes would be simple, straightforward, to the the point.
However, iTunes is completely incomprehensible to me no matter how I swing this. If I set it use the default library folder and add the network folder to it, it seems fine at first. Then whenever I add a new music file to the network folder, it doesn’t show up. The only way to make it show up is to then drag and drop it into the library. Where is the “watch folder and add new tracks to library” checkbox?
I can only drag songs from the library to the iPod, I cannot drag from explorer folders to the iPod. If I drag a song to the library, the library only links to it: move the song, t won’t work. The library knows it, but doesn’t remove the link, instead putting an exclamation mark next to it. If it can see the file isn’t there automatically, why can’t it detect when a new file is put there?
And performance is awful: it’s like using the web, with every click taking 5 seconds to do anything. Double click to play a song basically locks the computer up for a few moments. A64 3800+ with 2 GB ram here, it’s not the machine. And this is gigabit ethernet at every point on the line, it’s not bandwidth, surely?
Is this just how iTunes is? Or just how iTunes is when using a network share? Right now I’m feeling like I always do when I cave in and buy apple: punished whenever I try and use it in accordance with my wishes rather than the proper glazed-eyed OBEY way. unless I am just wrong and somone can give me a neat one-line answer to help me configure iTunes so that it works.
I’m almost, but not quite, as annoyed as when Apply changed it so that in 10.4 “show information” opens an info window for EVERY selected file, instead of a single “properties for the selected files”, even if there are 25, filling the screen with shit for no reason except the arbitrary desire to fiddle and fuck with the user experience until it is to Apple’s satisfaction.