hello, i've been reading this forum for several months now. i purchased a 13" macbook pro in june 2010, and have recently picked up a refurbished 5g ipod nano. i created an itunes account, and have been downloading about a hundred albums so far over the last several days. i have a number of questions/observations which i hope experienced people can comment on. here goes: 1) superdrive is loud, sometimes shudders. sometimes when i insert a cd for copying, itunes does not respond; i need to eject and reinstall. 2) downloading cd issues: - double cds do not combine into one on their own. can't drag and drop. e.g. beatles white album, dylan blonde on blonde, etc. - sometimes an album will download into 2 or 3 albums, containing one or more songs each. can't easily recombine into one. sometimes if a song is authored by more than one person, it will split off by itself. sometimes going in and eliminating the additional artist(s) will kick the song back into the original album, sometimes not. 3) album art - right now i'm getting most of my album art from itunes. i've read that there are other options. some of the albums do not have covers available from itunes(all of the beatles, plus a fair number of others). i did experiment with amazon art, but had bad results. i followed their instructions, chose the cover and played the album, but the cover went to the wrong cd (sometime the wrong artist!). i couldn't seem to delete the art, so i had to delete the album and re-load. has to be a better way to do that! what did i do wrong, and are there other ways of downloading cover art and saving them in a permanent folder, then drop and drag onto the generic album spot in itunes? esp. good if i want to periodically change the album cover into different versions. - is there a way of permanently attaching the covers, so if i backup the collection, it will all transfer as one? ipod questions: - when synching to the ipod to download new albums, will new cover art refresh automatically, and changes to albums already on the ipod (song additions/subtractions)? - can i delete songs or albums right on the ipod? is there an excellent ipod/itunes tutorial on this site? thanks for the assistance.