I hate software, part 6

God damn it.

As I wrote a few days ago, I spent days putting together my indie rock collection on iTunes with album art. Some of the covers comes from iTunes itself, and some of it added manually after searching for the right album art on the web. Right now, 99.5% of the songs on my iTunes *have* album art when viewed via Cover Flow.

And so I decided to put some of that music on the iPhone (about 6% of the overall collection). I create a new playlist, I put my favorite songs in there and then I sync the iphone. But for about 1/4 of the songs on the iPhone, they are without a freaking album art!

Going back to iTunes, browsing songs that on the iPhone have no album art, I CAN SEE the album art on Cover Flow. Right clicking one of these songs and doing a “get info” however, reveals that there is no album art associate with that song on that dialog, EVEN if when selected on iTunes I can see it on Cover Flow!

And yes, I had add album art for the vast majority of these songs either one by one (on the last tab of its “get info”), or by selecting multiple songs from the same album and drag n dropping the album art on their common “get info” dialog, or by using iTunes itself to get the art automatically. But it seems that the internal architecture of iTunes is not very cohesive, so depending how album art was added, it will behave differently when synced, or whatever.

Bloody piece of shit. Get it right already.

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mikesum32 wrote on November 9th, 2007 at 4:30 PM PST:

But but but Apple’s software is so well thought out


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Eugenia wrote on November 9th, 2007 at 4:32 PM PST:

Not the Quicktime and iTunes source code. I’ve heard nightmare stories about it. It’s just old software, there’s a lot of craft, and while good engineers have worked on it over the years, it’s difficult to put it together correctly every time.


Andy wrote on November 9th, 2007 at 5:09 PM PST:

It’s shit. Yes. Why bother with album-art? Ditch it and be happy. Apple’s software is so micky-mouse, it hurts sometimes.

Yeah, Quicktime can does this and that, but needs it in exactly ONE correct container, otherwise it fails.

Software needs to be aware of errors & hickups and manage a way around them.


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Eugenia wrote on November 9th, 2007 at 5:14 PM PST:

>Why bother with album-art?

Because I have an iPhone now. When I didn’t have an iPhone, I didn’t bother. But with the iPhone, it’s actually a necessity if you want to use Cover Flow to browse your music, or to look at something that’s pretty on screen when fast forwarding or changing volume.


Andy wrote on November 9th, 2007 at 6:06 PM PST:

I’m sorry but isn’t it faster and more effective to type in your fav. band via “search”. I don’t have an iphone and i don’t know about the features exactly, but is there anything like a “search”-box comparable to itunes?
Ok, if you have just a few CDs on the iphone coverflow may be more effective…

…or does the iphone 100% relies on playlists? Please don’t say this is the only way.


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Eugenia wrote on November 9th, 2007 at 6:09 PM PST:

It just looks way better when a song is playing to see the album art. It just feels RIGHT, more complete rather than a sterile text information. I spent 4 days putting together my indie collection, I certainly expect it to work as I need it to.

As for the playlists, it’s the only way to put selected songs on the iPhone from iTunes, yes. You can’t just drag n drop songs into it, it won’t accept them. I blogged about the issue a few weeks back. On the iPhone itself, you can playback either way.


Andy wrote on November 9th, 2007 at 6:23 PM PST:

OMG, i’m glad i still haven’t invested in anything ipod/iphone yet. But i understand it looks “Right” when album-art is displayed on your iphone. I can understand your anger with Crapple Software… It’s micky-mouse-software still…

I have some cuban rum now, that’s simple and easy.


Ralf. wrote on November 13th, 2007 at 5:01 AM PST:

Eugenia, the reason is:

iTunes indeed makes a difference how album art is treated. Manually added album art is stored in the meta information of the musicfiles itself. Automatically added album art – through iTunes – lands in some kind of “library”, a folder named “Album Artwork” located in the directory of your iTunes music library. I guess that these album cover art is unaccounted when syncing the songs to yout iPhone.

I don’t know why the doing such a shit – but some things at Apple regarding their software is getting strange lately.

The only solution is to disable the iTunes automatic search for missing artwork and only add the artwork manually.


Ed wrote on November 13th, 2007 at 6:21 PM PST:

I had this same problem with WMP. I now use Media Monkey. MM puts the album art directly into the mp3 file and goes where the file goes. Handy when dropping them on my wife’s iPod.


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