I own an iPod. It’s a 60 gig 4th Generation Photo. I’ve been happy with it, happy enough to hold off to on the mad rush to upgrade (and thus help Steve Jobs achieve his dream of world domination. Or getting a platinum prostate. Who knows what goes on in that shaved head of his?). I’ve slogged through a few different versions of iTunes, put up with its occasional clunkiness and the way it scarfs up memory like Rush Limbaugh at an All-You-Can-Eat Steak ‘n’ Dominican Hookers buffet. The thing works, and that’s what counts.
Until this week. (Warning: rage and geekery follow.)
I finally upgraded to iTunes 7.0.2 a week ago. The guys at the Hymn Project cracked the latest DRM, which meant I could do whatever the hell I wanted with the music I purchased (like dump it onto Anne’s mp3 player or my work laptop without the authorization hoohah that comes with DRM). It seemed like a pretty good upgrade, especially with the addition of “Last Skipped” to playlist options.
Then my iPod started acting weird. It would stop playing music, yet its display would skip around, like it was saying, “Now, I’m going to listen to the music I want to hear. Nyah, nyah, nyah.”
I don’t approve of home electronics that taunt its users, so I’d reset the thing to its factory settings and resync it. That worked, until the iPod locked up after I did a soft reset. Not cool, little iPod. Not cool at all.
I’ve since found that I’m not the only person who’s had this problem, and it fills me with equal parts rage and sadness. Sadness because, yes, I’m a gullible fool who liked to think that Apple was the cool company whose tools let you do cool stuff. And Rage because that is complete and utter bullshit and YOU FUCKERS USE YOUR CUSTOMERS AS ALPHA TESTERS AND THAT PISSES ME OFF–
…sorry. Rage got the upper hand.
So, what’s the solution? This morning, I wiped the iPod’s hard drive clean and synced it with a clean install of iTunes 6.0.5. And that’s the last time my iPod will speak with iTunes, because I’m going to run Anapod from now on. I’ll let you know how it turns out.