I got the iPhone

So the unlocked iPhone v1.0.2 arrived yesterday. The same day that the v1.1.1 firmware came out. Kind of ironic. Anyways, I don’t have plans to upgrade to 1.1.1 as it could potentially brick my phone (I have no idea which unlocking mechanism my supplier used so I am literally with tied hands).

The v1.0.2 works with the Greek Vodafone SIM I put in it (it uses the AT&T network here in US). I love the interface, although some new features will hopefully be added on v2.0. Overall, this is a great device.

What I didn’t like, even more than the bricking danger, was the fact that iTunes doesn’t let you use your iPhone in manual syncing mode. This sucks big time for me. I have about 15 GB of music that I really like (and that’s not counting the overall of 36 GB of legally-bought music we have in this house), while the iPhone has only 8 GBs. I need to manually add/remove songs from it, like I do on my 4GB iPod Mini. But Apple won’t let you do that with the iPhone. I have to create playlists and crap all the time. What if my PC dies and I lose my iTunes library? How will I be able to *remove* or simply *keep* stuff in the iPhone as it only keeps/removes whatever is in your PC’s hard drive the next time you sync? This pisses me off royally, much more than re-lockings and non-SDKs.


Billy wrote on September 28th, 2007 at 3:06 PM PST:

For the first concern, rather than the second: if you create a playlist called “iPhone” and choose to only sync that playlist, with the exception of the “what if my PC dies?” portion, it’s very similar to an iPod in manual mode. Whatever’s in that playlist ends up on the phone, whatever’s not doesn’t.

I do something similar but slightly different: I sync that playlist in addition to a few other playlists. So in my case, it’s “whatever’s on that playlist is guaranteed to be on the phone, but there might be other things on there, too”. I find it works pretty well for my usage needs.

(One of the playlists I sync is a “rated highly but haven’t listened to in a while” smart playlist, which I kind of like. Works well with the double-click-the-headphone nub-to-go-to-the-next-song feature when the phone’s on shuffle; helps me discover some music.)

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Eugenia wrote on September 28th, 2007 at 3:12 PM PST:

That’s what I do too. It’s just that I don’t like it. I want to be able to have manual access to the songs. And chances are that I will have to destroy my iTunes Library sooner or later, as this Windows XP installation is old and crufty right now. My new iTunes library will not be exactly the same, as I don’t usually backup my iTunes library, but my actual mp3 folder (why backup the same stuff twice?). And that mp3 folder does NOT have all the manual changes I made to the metatags and the artwork over the last 2 years.

I really, really, hate what Apple does with the syncing thing on the iPhone.

memsom wrote on September 29th, 2007 at 2:46 PM PST:

> I don’t usually backup my iTunes library, but my actual
> mp3 folder

Aha.. Turn off the option that lets iTunes manage your MP3 library. iTunes then uses the *original* file that you imported into iTunes. This was about the first thing I did when I got my 60GB Video iPod 2 years ago, because I used 2 seperate machines to sync music (one at work, one at home) and pretty much don’t back up anything on the iPod. The only stuff I tend to back up is the stuff I buy electronically.

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Eugenia wrote on September 29th, 2007 at 9:15 PM PST:

Too late now though…

memsom wrote on September 30th, 2007 at 2:38 AM PST:

> Too late now though…

Well.. yes and no. You can start a new library. Copy all the iTunes “caressed” files to your external library (you have a back up anyway, right?) and then add the files back in. Not a small task, but at least then you have a consolidated library.

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