iTunes is so user unfriendly when it comes to syncing

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by wchong, May 16, 2007.

  1. wchong macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2006
    Miami, Fl
    I'm used to drag and drop, but when it comes to iTunes, you really can't drag and drop files into your ipod. All the security crap and syncing.

    Do you guys suggest any other programs other than iTunes? I heard Audion is alright.

  2. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    If you choose manual syncing, then you can drag and drop onto your ipod. I do it all the time with my shuffle.

    (Note: You have to drag and drop from within iTunes, you cannot drag and drop from Finder)
  3. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    iTunes does support drag and drop if you set it to manually manage music in the iPod preferences.

    Personally, I find iTunes automatic syncing much easier than having to manually do it but yours seems to be one of the top complaints so there must be a niche of people who like having more direct control.
  4. wchong thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2006
    Miami, Fl
    hmm i didn't know that.

    thanks guys.

    i hate all these automatic things, except for palm syncing :D
  5. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    I mean nothing by it when I say... that some computer users (especially PC to Mac switchers) just have a Windows or hard way of thinking. I get tripped up plenty of times when I think too much on how to do something. The Mac just makes it so easy to do things, that we usually think to ourselves "it can't be this easy"

    With iTunes.. it's easy... too easy sometimes.
  6. ezpk69 macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2007
    Manual vs. Selected Playlists

    I used to be manual-only, but I've finally (5 years later) been won over to "the iTunes way".

    I have less and less time to listen to music, and one way I've been making up the time is to spend less and less time managing my music.

    Instead of painstakingly tweaking the contents of my iPod, I painstakingly tweaked my playlists, smart playlists, smart playlists that depended on other playlists, etc etc.

    Now instead of spending any time when I plug in my iPod, I spent a lot of time once, and now everything auto-magically gets updated, with different songs I don't hate and anything new and important. It's especially handy for keeping a Nano or Shuffle from getting stale (without giving up ALL control).

    I'm always suspicious at first of Apple and their smartypants ways, but usually there's a method to their madness.
  7. J Radical macrumors regular

    J Radical

    Nov 20, 2006
    I make my ipod sync automatically with a playlist I call "iPod", I then manually drag and drop songs and albums to the playlist within itunes. Pretty simple.
  8. civilizedrat macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2007
    Great idea.
  9. mokeyjoe macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2006
    Preston, UK
    Personally I think Smart Playlists are a better way to manage your iPod. Especially used in conjunction with the star ratings. Set up a playlist with a ratning threshold to sync your ipod with. If a song comes up on your iPod and you decide you don't like it then knock down the rating and next time you sync it won't be there. It's easier than having to remember to do it later as by the time I've got home I've usually forgotten which song it was.
  10. dXTC macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2006
    Up, up in my studio, studio
    I discovered that about three weeks ago. Instead of syncing my nano to multiple playlists (about 15 differentiated loosely by genre), I now sync to two: an "essentials" list (with the songs I consider classic and simply must have available), and a Smart Playlist that fills up the rest with random songs that aren't in the "essentials" list. It works rather nicely, and beats trying to remember whether I included a song in X or Y playlist.
  11. Evangelion macrumors 68040

    Jan 10, 2005
    even though i like the automatic syncing in itunes, it does have few shortcomings.
    sometimes i see that i have missed a podcast-episode. so i have an unlistened brand
    new podcast in the ipod, and i have the unlistened podcast that came before it in
    itunes. now, hw to easily get that to ipod? i can't simply drag it there, i need to either switch to manual syncing, or sync last three episodes to the ipod, which isn't really needed since i would just want to add one podcast....
  12. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Smart playlists can help you there too.

    Make a smart playlist of unlistened podcasts, or a manual playlist of podcasts to sync.

    It's truly amazing what you can do with playlists if you just set them up right.


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