5g ipod/itunes cd download help needed

Discussion in 'iPod' started by rwh63, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. rwh63 macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010

    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

    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.
  2. Googlyhead macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2010
    //looks at long list of questions and runs.
  3. Googlyhead macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2010
    Reinstall? Hoping you mean re-insert.

    Could be a dirty CD, dirty lens etc.
    Regarding the itunes copying, there is an option to enable a slower error check method in the prefs. try that.
    Get info on song / album, there's an 'artwork' tab where you can delete and rearrange display order.
    Works like this AFAIK. any changes are transferred.
    Not AFAIK.
  4. rwh63 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010
    alright, i've been making some progress. super drive is still occasionally loud, but i think that is a normal complaint. got most of the double albums to combine by removing (disc 1 or 2), or other descrepancies between the two discs. went to amazon and dragged covers to each discs info artwork box.
    still trying to figure out why some albums split and create album pieces.

    synching to the ipod with about 1500 songs took some hours; thought it would be a quick transfer.

    is there a way to password secure ones music collection on the macbook and ipod?

    should i backup or copy my music collection/best ways?


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