Etikettarkiv: iTunes

National Holiday

“National Holiday” you say? Yes, but not here in France, but my colleagues in Switzerland will enjoy a day in their beds eating chocolate and drink red wines all day. Celebrating an old angel or saint or something. I’m not even sure it’s a national holiday, or if it’s only the French speaking part of Switzerland.

In any case, I am FREE. And can dive into my emails without a risk to be attacked with accounting queries, Luv it.

Talking about love…. A time ago, soon a year, I loved my iTunes media player, and as you know by now all of a sudden Apple decided (or more my MacBook decided) to restore my play count to “0”. And since then I have tried to put some kind of “normal” back.

Yesterday, all of a sudden, the same MacBook decided to move all my mp3 to a new folder, Have no idea why. But instead of the external disc I use for music and photos a new folder appeared on my HD.

I love Apple, and all their products, but one thing I hate is that the computer (a.k.a. Apple) sometimes decide how you supposed to work, not you… Just caused by someone at Apple think it’s the best way ever to do it their way.

If I ever leave the Apple world and go back to a PC, it will be the reason, I want to set up my folders, cloud service etc MY WAY, not in Apples way. And don’t ask me about the apple cloud and how documents change place without you doing anything.

And why todays photo? Swiss French keyboard…. I rest my case.

Björn

As suspected

As suspected me joining Apple Music fu**** up my library – not from joining but when I decided to leave, again. I tried Apple Music when it was introduced and again a few days ago, but it is not for me. I hate Apple Music, a product developed from Apple not cause their users wanted it, they wanted it. And that’s OK, but for heavens sake why not ask the users what they want before create a monster like Apple Music.

I do not want all my playlists on my phone or iPad. I want to decide, not the cloud. And OK, leave the playlists, but for heavens sake synk all songs not some of them. I have my 40 most played songs / month in playlists, but on my phone only 38 or the worst one only 14 was synced.

I do not stream music, I buy music, CDs or mp3, so I want all songs to be there, but no…. some kind of magical disappeared.

So now leaving Apple Music so did a lot of my files and most important tags… So I have work to do. But what I hate the most right now, the play count is gone. Thank you Apple.

Björn

December 2020

First of all I like to say too my fine family, thank you for spreading the word about my movie start look alike…

I know, I found it first and told the world.

Second of all I am alive, no covid, but still locked up at my home and nothing happens. I am not even trying new wines out for my Saturday wine evening. I stay with he ones I have.

But I have now started a 3 month trial of Apple Music, and so far I am sure I won’t continue – it’s not how I listen to music and as long as the social media part of the service do not work there is no reason to continue.

Take care

Björn

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