I consider myself somewhat "technical." I can rip a computer apart (and put it back together), install just about any program, and I'm on more people's speed dial for computer assistance than I care to imagine, but for the life of me whoever came up with iTunes must be a far, far, faaaaaar more advanced human than anyone on this earth! For over a year I was a DJ, tech support, and Treasurer for our local radio station. I dealt with mixers, several computers, created station ID ads and songs, Winamp was what everyone wanted to use, I preferred MusicMatch, and both were very easy to learn, but this iTunes makes me cringe every time it automatically opens.
If you all remember I bought Sydney an iPod for her birthday coming up in June (no I haven't given it to her yet) but I want to know the thing a bit before I give it to her so I've been "playing" with it. I thought I would throw some upbeat tunes on and run on my treadmill. I downloaded iTunes, plugged in the iPod and everything was okay.... then about a week ago I formatted my computer and reinstalled iTunes. Today I plugged in the iPod and promptly deleted everything on it! I think it's time I started looking for a few tutorials online because I'm scared I'm going to wipe out my whole music collection. I have over 5000 songs! Can anyone tell me if I delete a song in iTunes will it really, for sure, honestly, stay in my computer, and just leave iTunes? iTunes is really just the "link" to my song files, right? I keep bouncing back and forth between iTunes and my music folder just to make sure the songs are still there but I just want confirmation from someone who really knows the program.
And while I'm asking experts, how do I just pick and choose a few songs to go in the iPod and not my whole collection? Do you know how long it took to "sync" over 5000 songs?! The whole time I'm looking at the big red X telling me "DO NOT DISCONNECT" wishing I could stop the thing with cold hard stares because I don't dare touch it! And not only the songs it synced but all my long forgotten radio station ads, station id songs, Sydney's kid songs (like I really want to hear "Little Bunny Foo Foo" while I'm running on my treadmill) and my complete Christmas collection! I'm throwing my hands in the hair (most likely they will land on my head and pull my hair out!). Whatever happened to the good old drag & drop songs on the little mp3 icon in windows explorer? Now we have a "library" with playlists, party shuffle, podcasts, etc.
Does anyone have a link to some great site for (oh Lord I never thought I would say this about myself) a newbie with an iPod?