Moved My iTunes Library

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Took me a while but thanks to Spotify I had time to ignore my damn iTunes since I really hated it and it was basically killing my machine. And thankfully a lot of syncing is done wirelessly and you don’t have to sync new devices to iTunes to get them working like you had to previously, so I ignored this as long as possible. But at this stage my machine was literally on its last leg so I had to move my iTunes to a different machine.

The Steps:

  • Before the move, choose “Keep iTunes Media folder Organized” & “Copy files to iTunes Media folder”
  • Then chose a new location, on the network storage device. In my case the Synology unit I use for my Media
  • Then click “Consolidate Library” under “Library”, give it about a day for the whole move to be done and let it settle
  • The move is done
  • On the new machine make sure your iTunes library is pointed to the same folder on the network which in my case is in the Synology Unit
  • Copy the iTuneLibrary.itl file from inside the iTunes folder in my machine to the iTunes Folder in the new machine but be sure iTunes is off on the new machine
  • Then when you start the machine it will have the same counts and details on the new machine, and test everything out. The Music Videos took a minute to find since it didn’t find it the first place, then it started finding them automatically
  • The move is done and the old machine is gone

Spotify On The Go

I have always had issues with iTunes even though I still think that it is vital to my music choices when I’m listening to music on the go, and for last few months iTunes has been acting up a lot. Since making more and more playlists on Spotify I have slowly shifted my listening over to Spotify, I still use iTunes but even in the car I just stream my Spotify over the car’s Bluetooth Connection. I can stream Spotify through any type of Data connection and I don’t have to use a VPN, you only have use VPN when you sign up. Surprisingly the quality of the stream is really good, and it rarely cuts which is fantastic. Of course you have to have Premium Spotify to stream to your phone, and it works for both Android & iOS.

iTunes & iCloud Confusion

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Is it just me or all the updates to iTunes is confusing me, so many updates with iOS 5.0 but it didn’t go as smoothly as everyone wanted. Apple has been on the for forefront of fusing media and technology, but with the introduction of iCloud there was a bit of a confusion and with iTunes match its even more confusing.

I for one use iTunes for all my music and purchase music when its available and get it through other means when I don’t find it on iTunes which is only 20% of them time. With iCloud you can move your library to iCloud instead of your computer which is good, but your limited to 5GB which is bad and then you have to purchase the rest on a yearly basis. I can understand that but then there are the other kinks, it backs up everything such as documents and files but it has to be a Mac Made file so doesn’t back up files from other devices or formats. And iCloud only works with Apple devices and nothing else, which can get frustrating with dealing with other devices. If you switch on iCloud storage for iOS device it would automatically erase all the media on your phone which they don’t warn you about. iTunes match is another thing now, it matches the music you have to that on the iCloud and if it isn’t bought from iTunes they try to match it which is pretty good but it is a bit on the confusing side how to activate it for your machines.

Seriously too many changes between iCloud, iOS5, and now iTunes match. I’m waiting for the dust to settle on this to see how exactly I can comfortable use it with my iPods.

iCloud Pricing

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Everyone was very excited when Apple started mentioned their cloud service but I’m still not sure how they plan to use it. I for one hope that I can sync all the different machines and iTunes across the iTunes Cloud but I don’t know how that is going to work at this point. With the launch of iCloud all Apple users get a free 5GB not including what they pay for, and streaming pictures aren’t counted against your quota.

iCloud Pricing:

  • 10 GB – $20 Per Year
  • 20 GB – $40 Per Year
  • 50 GB – $100 Per Year

Playlist 10/10

While I was in California I picked up on a few songs as well as adding to the usual list. Eminem, Rihanna, with Lil Wayne topping most of list. I loved listening to these songs while driving and riding in California, good music blasting in the car and in my headphones. Enimen’s new CD is just amazing, I downloaded the whole thing a while ago but didn’t have a chance to listen the whole CD except on this trip, and Rihanna just keeps getting better and better. Enjoy the music.

Playlist:

  • E-40 Feat. 50 Cent & Too Short – Nigga Don’t Act Like A Bitch
  • Enimen ft. Kobe – Talkin’ 2 Myself
  • Rihanna – Only Girl (In The World)
  • Enrique Iglesias ft Pitbull – I like It
  • Trey Songz ft Nicki Minaj – Bottoms Up
  • Nelly – Just a Dream
  • Lil Wayne ft. Drake – Right Above It
  • Sean Kingston ft. Nicki Minaj – Letting Go
  • Wll.I.Am & Nicki Minaj – Check It Out
  • Lil Wayne & Nick Minaj – What’s Wrong With Them
  • Lady Gaga, Space Cowboy & Flo Rida – Starstruck
  • B.o.B ft T.I. & Playboy Tre – Bet I Bust
  • New Boyz ft Iyaz – Break My Bank
  • Rick Ross ft. Drake & Chrisette Michele – Aston Martin Music
  • Lady Gaga – Monster
  • Hwood – Could It Be You
  • R. Kelly – Be My #2
  • Jabar ft. Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em – Daze

Dance Playlist – 07/10

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I’m a big fan of dance and lounge music, I always try to get a good mix together for long drives or just listening to while staying at home. This the last few songs I have managed to get together, the problem is that sometimes you hear them but they aren’t released yet for sale and are hard to find, but always some good songs.

0710 Playlist:

  • Late Night Alumni – Empty Streets (Haji & Emanuel Remix)
  • Late Night Alumni – Finally Found You (Max Vangeli Dub Mix)
  • Lawrence – In My Head (A.R. Remix)
  • Samantha – U-Turn (Giuseppe D. Tune~Adiks Mix)
  • Jason Derulo – In My Head (Wideboys Club Mix)
  • Hyper Cursh – Keep Up (Tony Arzadon Remix)
  • David Guetta – Time
  • David Guetta ft. Kid Kudi – Memories
  • Rihanna ft. Demarco – Rudeboy (Remix)
  • 3OH3! ft. Kate Perry – Starstrukk
  • Morgan Page – Strange Condition (Inpetto Radio Edit)
  • M’Black – Heartbreak (Radio Edit)
  • Calvin Harris – You Used to Hold Me
  • Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina – Stereo Love (Extended Mix)
  • Train – Hey, Soul Sister(Karmatronic Radio Edit)
  • Charice – Pyramid (Dave Aude Club)
  • J Brazil – Girl I’m Tryin (Play & Win Remix)
  • Inna – Don’t Let The Music Die
  • Romain Curtis & Seamus Haji – I’ve Been Looking (Seamus Haji Vocal Mix)
  • Delerium – Dust In Gravity (Sultan & Ned Shepard Radio Edit)
  • Noel G. – Can’t Stop (Carefree Club Mix)
  • Madonna – Human Nature(Live)
  • Black Eyed Peas – Rock That Body
  • BT – Suddenly (Cicada Mix)

DC Comics for iPAD!!!! At Last

I have been hoping for this App for a long time, Comics have made my iPad indespensible. I love the Marvel App, I’m just annoyed at how slow they are releasing the comics which I am following, I go nuts not being able to read more. Now with DC I will have a large variety of comics to read, but the problem is that I have a lot of comics sitting on my shelf. Its great that they built the application on the Comixology platform which is smooth and high-resolution, with the perfect animated transitions between the scenes, the same as what Marvel did. So I will be buying comics that I don’t have, currently I have a lot of Green Lantern Comics which I ordered a long time ago, so I’m ordering a lot of Batman/Superman comics that I haven’t seen before, a new storyline to enjoy.

Now to look forward to:

  • Superman/Batman
  • Wonder Woman
  • The Flash
  • Green Lantern
  • Justice League: Generation Lost

Link: Gizmodo

iPad Usage

The iPad mania is still going on in Kuwait and all over the world, and I have to say that Apple has a breakthrough product. There are a few drawbacks that would make this the best product period, but right now it doesn’t have any competition. I use my iPad daily, it has gotten me hooked with several applications. The only biggest flaw is that you can’t move data inside applications to and from your main PC, so your iPad gets filled up with data from inside applications, you can’t back-up or move, you can just delete. The battery lasts a decent time but it takes so damn long to charge, if you kill the battery completely it takes over 4 hours to charge fully which is insane. But I can’t stop using it, its so easy to take around and I can carry so much content with it.

Best Applications:

  • AirVideo – Streaming Videos
  • Marvel Comics – A selection of Marvel Comics
  • NewsRack – RSSFeed
  • Sorted – To Do list
  • Dropbox – Extention of the online application
  • GoodReader – Enables you to read all types of documents & spreadsheets
  • AngryBirds HD – Addictive online game
  • Scrabble – The old school board game
  • Shazam – Gives you the name of any song by listening to a clip

iPad Usage:

  • Reading Comics – 40%
  • Surfing The Net – 22%
  • Playing Games – 12%
  • Watching Shows/Anime – 18%
  • Other Applications – 8%

Playlist 05/10…

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Every few months I always put together a new playlist to drive and ride to, this the list of songs which are the top of the last few months plus a few unknown songs which are really fun to listen to and just fun music. It really is a mix of music, probably something for everyone in this list. Luckily I got jump started by Ananyah’s original list then expanded a lot on it, out of 50 songs I took about 15 songs and added another 25 songs since her mix was more RnB tailored, I wanted something that was a little bit more upbeat or intense. The songs with stars ** are the songs that I really like and the more there are the more I like it, don’t mind listening to it again and again.

May 2010 Playlist:

  • B.o.B – Nothin’ On You (ft. Bruno Mars)
  • Rihanna – Rude Boy ***
  • Ke$ha – Blah Blah Blah (ft. 3OH!3) **
  • Taio Cruz – Break Your Heart (ft. Ludacris)
  • Kevin Rudolf – I Made it (ft. Birdman, Jay Sean & Lil Wayne)
  • David Rush – Shooting Star (ft. LMFAO, Pitbull & Kevin Rudolf)[Party Rock Mix] **
  • One Republic – All the Right Moves
  • 3OH!3 – Follow Me Down
  • Rihanna – Hard (ft. Jeezy)
  • Ke$ha – Take it Off
  • DJ Khaled – All I Do Is Win
  • Lil Wayne & Nicki Minaj – Knockout ***
  • Jason Derulo – In My Head
  • Jamie Foxx ft. T.I. & Justin Timberlake ***
  • Flo-Rida ft. T-Pain – Zoosk Girl
  • Usher ft. T.I. – Gulty
  • Mariah Carey ft. Nicki Minaj – Up To My Face **
  • Lady GaGa – Reloaded (ft. Rodney Jerkins)
  • Jackie Chain – Diamonds & Cadillacs
  • Lupe Fiasco – Say Something Freestyle
  • Charles Hamilton & B.o.B – Paperboy
  • Cassidy ft. John Legend – Searching
  • Chrishan – Bitch Look At Me Now (ft. Meech) **
  • DJ Khaled – Victory
  • Lloyd – Internet Love
  • Tinie Tempah – Pass Out **
  • Young Money – She Is Gone
  • Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Kid Cudi) – Solar Midnite
  • Jaheim – Ain’t Leavin Without You
  • Bobby Valentino ft. Nicki Minaj – Stilettos & T-Shirt
  • Lexlife – Poppin’
  • Lloyd ft. J. Holiday & Nicki Minaj – Take It Off
  • Orianthi – According To You **
  • Kardinal Offishall ft. Akon – Body Bounce
  • T.I. ft. Fergie & Will.I.Am – Down Like That ***
  • Kate Perry ft. Snoop Dogg – California Gurls
  • Eminem – Not Afraid **
  • B.o.B – Airplanes
  • 3OH!3 ft. Ke$ha – My First Kiss **