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Be Very Careful in iTunes
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Jan 16, 2001, 08:24 PM
iTunes is GREAT - I've been looking for something to organize my MP3 library.

However - the "Library" in iTunes is NOT just one big playlist. I moved some stuff around on my hard drive and ended up having to reimport my MP3 library into iTunes. Well, there was some mix up, so I decided to scrap the library by doing a "Select All" in the library window and hitting delete. I got a warning about moving this to the trash, and thought "Big Deal!" and hit the "Yes" key instead of cancel. Emptied the trash and Poof! Bye bye to 2 GB of MP3s.

However - I had just backed up the whole thing to my external Firewire drive, so there was no big loss.

Learn form my mistake - the MP3 library you save may be your own!
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Jan 16, 2001, 09:51 PM
I moved my MP3's around in my hard drive and there was no problem -- iTunes' Library tracked them for me.

But that is a misleading sign, but it's a nice feature if you use it properly (duplicate songs, for instance -- good for deleting those).

iTunes is fantastic -- I only wish it had an equalizer and Alarm Clock/Sleep Timer like in SoundJam...

it's only after you lose everything that you're free to do anything
"Do not be too positive about things. You may be in error." (C. F. Lawlor, The Mixicologist)
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Jan 16, 2001, 09:53 PM
Wow, that's a good thing to know!

I could've deleted countless hours of download time (from my pre-cable modem days).

But iTunes is cool. Not as slow as most Apple software is now...

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