iPod, iTunes and DRM
Posted in apple Thu, 19 Oct 2006 04:03:00 GMT
I've been a happy iPod user for some time now, however I've only ever used my single iPod with a single iTunes install. I recently reinstalled my OS after wiping the hard drive for a clean start. To my surprise a fresh install of iTunes with the same iPod serial number would not import songs from my iPod into the iTunes library. iTunes had the gall to ask me if I wanted it to erase all the music on my iPod and replace it with the (empty) contents in its library. Essentially my iPod was orphaned. I've never thought about Apple DRM issues before but I'm no longer as excited about the iPod and iTunes as I was before.
One of my friends had run into the same issue and now stores his iTunes library files on an external disk. He told me I could just install my iTunes library files to the right location and reinstall iTunes which should fix the problem. Thankfully I had backed up my iTunes files and was able to copy the files into the right location. Reinstalling iTunes let it find my old music files and connect to my iPod correctly. While I'm glad I had the files, I don't think they should be necessary. I can see Apple's perspective about not wanting people to trade music but not being able to load your own iPod's music on to a fresh install of iTunes configured with the same serial number is kind of ludicrous.
So always remember to back up your iTunes music files. I still like the iPod's click wheel and the iTunes interface, but I'm now thinking of migrating to non-DRM solutions like Ogg and Ogg players. Anyone know of good Ogg/MP3 players?