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Hi Gang,I'm a long-time PC user who has switched over to Mac (and iTunes) recently. After a lengthy process converting all of my FLAC files to iTunes, I just had a couple questions about iTunes usage. Because my music files are driven by a laptop that is semi-mobile, I have run into some issues with connecting & disconnecting some external hard drives holding the iTunes (Apple Lossless) files.1. The Apple Lossless files contain all of the tagging and artwork internal to the file, correct? Therefore, if I move a file from one computer to another, the tagging should remain consistent, correct? I believe this to be true. This is just a confirmation question.2. Where does all the information for the Playlists and such reside? Is it possible to copy those to another computer should the need arise?3. Here's my big issue: when I have connected/disconnected the computer (sometimes without dismounting the drives, I admit), it seems to have left iTunes in a different/confusing state-of-mind. Sometimes songs will show up as "unable to find" with the exclamation point icon next to them. Sometimes I end up with duplicate entries of the same songs. I would like to know how to go about repairing these problems. Is there some settings I should look for? As my collection is rather large, I would like not to have to blow away the database and re-initiate, though I will if I have to. A similar thing seems to occur if I move a file (have done this manually since I don't know how to move a file via iTunes -- I suppose I should learn how to do this properly as well).Thanks in advance for helping me with these issues. Much appreciated.-dBP.S. Is there something that I can do in terms of how I use iTunes to prevent the problem listed in #3 from occurring? I'm not exactly sure how this is caused, but I believe that it has to do with using iTunes on my laptop while not being plugged into the external hard drives....
I was going to ask some similar questions, so I'll just add them here. I'm working on a friend's iBook who has a vast iTunes library. The machine is acting really flaky, so I want to back up all the iTunes stuff. If I simply copy the folder to my portable hard drive, and have to wipe the laptops drive, can I just copy the folder back to the computer? Like dburna above I'm just not sure where all the relevant parts of iTunes data are stored and if there are anyissues w/ copyright? Apple music store stuff can only run on the machine it was authorized for, correct?
Can someone list the quality of itunes codecs, and how to get the best quality of downloads from itunes store.
After downloading a .aac file from iTunes, it can be converted (decompressed) to an AIFF version. The option is in the iTunes drop down menu if you right-click on the song. A whole album can be expanded by highlighting all the songs in an album and then right clicking. Of course the AIFF files are exponentially larger then the compressed versions, so you should make sure to have enough room on your target drive for all of the decompression. The AIFF versions sound noticeably better, and the difference can be heard immediately by A/B'ing the original downloaded .aac file compared to the AIFF expanded conversion.
I think you would be able to use the iTunes store credit for purchasing apps.
If you hear improved sound quality from converted 256k AACs then that is great. I wanted to point out to true digital audio newbies that the upconverted lossy formats won't be equivalent to full 1411 kbps AIFF/WAV files.
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