Etikettarkiv: iTunes

New update from Apple

New update, always means a lot of new stuff to learn to love, but as always some things always makes you go crazy. I had almost, almost decided to go for AppleMusic and upgrade. Even if I know I have to sit and re tag my complete music library – then came “Big Sur”.

I don’t care much if Apple change things that’s not important to me. Yes, selfish in date way. And iTunes is my holy grail and with the Big Sur update a lot of strange stuff all of a sudden happens.

First the thing that iTunes have its own life and jump between playlists without asking for it, and the red colors popping up all the time in the fields when you try to search or when copy a file to mp3 format album covers just dissaperes from the files. Again Apple try to force their customers to subscribe to Apple music. But I don’t stream music, thank you very much.

And the the two mystery files popping up every time and connect my phone to my laptop. Or the files they can’t find. Not description or name of the files, just the message you can see on the image above.

I loved computers when I told the computer what to do, now its the opposite the computer decide for you.

I wish Apple genius made house calls, I gladly pay for one to stay a few hours to put all devices together as I want it. Not what Apple want me to do.

And again Apple, when start to subscribe on Apple Music put a little tick box somewhere saying “Don’t change tags and don’t convert existing mp3 files”

Björn

Some new music

My good friend Marc de Saint Vincent have now the premiere EP out on all digital platforms, iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music, Google Play, Traxsource and Apple Music. The name of the EP is “Dies Möbius” and I hope all you who read this add it to your playlists or buy and download it. On Swedish iTunes it was easier to search for the name of the EP instead of the Marcs name.

The music, far from the pop I usually like is actually perfect to put on and play while you lay down and want to unwind or relax, a bit of a perfect meditation background and very good in the specific genre.

Again, I hope you will give this EP a chance, and I hope to give a friend and very talented guy the support he well deserves.

Welcome Catalina

Apple released their new MacOS and as always I waited a few days for them to find all the faults and fix them before I downloaded the “Catalina”.

First of all, the download went well, took an hour or so but then… Completely trapped in a never ending update. After 7 hours I was forced to turn it all off and restart the system, and surprise, It worked perfectly. Have no idea why the screen said “Ställer in din MAC” for 7 hours.

So now I wait for all the new features to fu** up my life. Why? All updates, MacOS or iPhone, iPad and Apple TV always introduce something I never asked for, don’t want and can’t understand why someone at Apple even thought of it, and worse got it approved!

All that and the surprise that bad stuff still exists in the systems. Right now three features I really want to get rid off is the stupid feature in “Photos” called “Faces”. No one on this earth can be using this extremely stupid feature as long as it’s not working on all devises, and tag 100% random. For example I have friends who automatically are tagged with their own face as well as statues, paintings and animals, together with the fact that the same person is tagged with different faces on my iPhone, iPad and Mac Pro.

Apple, please take away that, NO ONE USES IT.

Number two is also in Photos, the selfie folder. Why? I don’t want a folder with only selfies and the nightmare is to not be able to delete it.

And then, my in Swedish so called “Käpphäst” (a thing, feature or situation you talk about for years and nothing happens, so you continue to repeat it, over and over), Apple Music.

And this is something I don’t understand why Apple don’t fix cause they want to earn money, I guess…

So if Apple just allowed their users, to connect to Apple Music, and when doing so, just with the introduction of a tick box; “I don’t want to convert my existing mp3s”, stop your complete music library to change all tagging and metadata, Apple would easy double their subscribers on Apple Music. But no, year after year, no changes at all. Why don’t they want to make money and beat Spotify and Deezer from a user experience point of view?

So, this is my reflections after less than a few hours with MacOS Catalina. I am sure I will find reasons to get back to the subject at a later stage.

Have a nice day

Björn

Statistics

Yesterday I found some new applications for my iPhone to be able to get some more statistics out of iTunes media player. Might sound like a “petit” thing in a persons life but for me, a major list nerd, it’s like a 24th of December in September (Christmas in Sweden is on the 24th of December).

But still, I don’t have a way to get all this stats on my computer and from the complete music selection just on the phone and the music I downloaded to the phone.

So if you read this and have found a Apple App for iTunes or a program to download for statistics please let me know.

Björn

Some re-tagging

All Sunday, one mission, to start the re-tagging of the Eurovision mp3 files. Actually only put Netflix on “13 reasons why” season 2 and 3, and tag tag tag all day.

I planned the Sunday a bit different but since I am out of funds cause of the Visa skimming thing I’m happy to be able to do something I really can “nerd” in on.

Björn

The 2018 BjÖrn awards

So, to finally wrap the music in 2018 up for good.

2018 most played songs are:

And for the first time in history, the most played genre not Swedish or English…

On the singer side then?

  1. Agustin Galiane
  2. Mylene Farmer
  3. Sergey Lazarev
  4. Kendji Girac
  5. Arash
  6. Benjamin Ingrosso
  7. Kylie Minogue
  8. Linda Martin
  9. Molly Sandén
  10. Madame Monsieur

And that leaves us with the albums then…

  1. Eurovision Song Contest 2018
  2. Agustin Galiana – Agustin Galiana
  3. Melodifestivalen 2018
  4. Desobeissance – Mylene Farmer
  5. Destination Eurovision 2018
  6. Amigo – Kendji Girac
  7. Golden – Kylie Minogue
  8. Night City Tribute The songs of Secret Service
  9. Dancing Queen – Cher
  10. Identification – Benjamin Ingrosso

All based on the statistics from my iTunes Library and the app Play Time.

Björn

Dear Apple

Yes I am sure you all thought I will stop to put this forward but not at all, cause it kind of stop me from being the 100% happy looked in Apple Customer.

I am happy with Apple, most of the times. Even if updates sometimes makes me go crazy cause of the changes and force you to sit down for hours to fix your photos or music or files when gettin´used to it it is usually ok.

But iTunes need your attention Apple. You must make it possible to click “Keep all mp3 files and meta data” IF you as a customer decide to subscribe to Apple Music.

My music library might be larger than most normal users and it have taken years of tagging, sorting and find correct album covers. Hours of get the genres I like and playlists I want. It is actually today impossible for me to subscribe to the streaming and Apple Music even if I really want to since if so all this hard work is in vain and as a customer you need to start all over to tag, sort and genre up your library.

All new bought music, ok then I can rename the metadata for each time I buy an album or song but the once already in place…. Must be able to say “No do not change to the version available in App Store” and it is so easy, as said above a “Do not match my mp3s” when starting to subscribe to the service.

Björn

My 2:nd Apple blogg

Apple TV

Picture from the webb if not allowed to use it please tell me and I will take a photo of my own apple tv and post that one.

Before the Apple event this week I touched the iWatch and my own use of this Apple gadget, missed it? Here it is.

As promised then, some other products from Apple I bought but don’t know if I will continue to use when the one I have now dies or get to old for updates.

First of all, I have no idea what version of the Apple TV i own, I can’t find that information, even if I am sure it’s there somewhere. But no, don’t find it and honestly not so important.

So why do I use Apple TV? I have my Netflix subscription via Apple TV, a surreal experience cause for some reason it’s a mix of the Scandinavian Netflix and the French, have no idea why… And most likely not Apple TVs doing. But information is sometimes in Swedish sometimes in French, the subtitles the same and maybe more confusing dubbing into French (often possible to change).

But I can also get Netflix from Orange, my Internet provider so really? Do I need an Apple TV?

Photos work well tho’ like to be able to see my photos on a bigger screen, but it took time before it actually worked. I dont know why but right now its good.

Since my Apple account is connected to Swedish Apple store (yes I still want to download Swedish music from iTunes, I can’t use some of the apps:

HBO – I want HBO but Apple store understand i’m in France so the Swedish Apple store like the computer “Say NO” – The same with SVT Play and other film applications. And I can’t connect Apple TV to a VPN service this is the most irritating thing really.

If not Apple TV will be able to provide the French selection of TV channels and I still need a TV subscription for the local stations in combination with the lack of more apps (free or subscription) for TV from other countries I most likely will keep my Apple TV until the version I have stop to work, cause I really don’t see the use right now in 2018. Things might change.

iTunes Apple TV, where I am supposed to be able to subscribe don’t work from the Swedish iTunes shop. No TV shows available.

OK – Apple movies, of course better with a Apple TV gadget BUT so many things don’t work. Apple TV ask me to grade my bought movies to be able to present better suggestions, I can’t do that on the films in the Cloud. I have all the movies graded in iTunes none of those grades are viewed on my Apple TV if I don’t download them to my devices (iPad, iPhone, iTunes). The point with a cloud is to not have to download them.

But a new version is coming up and even if all Apple updates fu** up some of the ways I like to use their products maybe some features will be better a month from now.

 

Björn

On the edge to jump into a music file tagging nightmare

Apple Music / iTunes Match

First, if any Apple person don’t like that I use this image, please let me know, i will change it.

So, after chatting with the iTunes support at Apple it seems clear that my worries to finally update to iTunes Match and/or Apple Music was true and it will take a huge amount of time to fix the music library if I subscribe.

But since I really want the service it might be the only way, even if the “only way” will render weeks of restoring the tag system I have in place.

I wished for Apple to admit that I’m not the only one with a huge music library who wait and wait for some kind of solution, like when you first start to subscribe and upload a large amount of files to have the options

1. I’d like to match all files

2. Only upload mp3 files without iTunes Match

This should really benefit Apple cause anal music files tagging persons like me reject the service or even more for a DJ with a large collection tagged for his or her work… They not going to use the service and go bananas over the changes of the tagging and must redo it fast.

In any case, I want to subscribe so I might need to take deep breath and with horror watch the files change names, genre, album name, artist name (mainly an issue when the artists have names in Arabic, Russian, Chinese etc) – yes I think about it… Scary.

Or, I wonder if I can create a second library and just use one of them for the cloud service. That way its possible to upload in sections, just though of this. WOW, new mail to the support 🙂

Björn

Apple statistics

iTunes Statistics

Must be someone out there as much of a nerd as I am and like statistics from your music library?

There are apps both for the iMac / iBook and your mobile devices but the once i have found have some of the functions I like to have and another one has some other of them. So which program do you use for your statistics and why?

on iMac / iBook? on your iPhone? on your iPad?

Björn