Tip & How-To about Apple iTunes

3 Important Tips for iTunes on Windows for the non-MAC users There are times that software would bug down or get messed up. We do not have total control over them. Either software gets infected or damaged by a virus or even for an unknown reason its files just get messed up. Same is true for iTunes. There are times that we experience doing an upgrade for iTunes and then all of the sudden it stops, crashes or this nasty little error window would pop-up. There are even times that we had to reinstall iTunes and, upon doing so, discover that we have lost our valuable music. This guide is the answer to all that problems. Tip#1: Make sure that you know where all your data is being saved. For the iTunes Media Folder, the location is in your My Documents Folder ("My Documents\My Music\iTunes" to be exact). And that is the default location unless you changed it manually. Now, why do we need to know this. Simple. If things get messed up, this is where all your precious music are located. This is the folder you need to backup. Tip#2: How do you make sure that all your music, downloaded or imported, is in that iTunes folder? What you need is to setup your iTunes to copy everything there. The reason why you need to do this is that everything will be organized. You would not have your music files all over the place or in different and random location, which would just give you headaches later on. You would then not need to search all your folders for your music files. Also, this prevents you from having problems during iTunes reinstallation where in most cases a lot of people would suddenly discover that some or a lot of their music is missing right after that process. So, how do you do this? On your iTunes menu at the top, click Edit. Then click Preferences. Click the advanced tab. Here you will notice that you have the location of your iTunes Media Folder. Right below that make sure you have a check on "Keep iTunes Media Folder Organized" and "Copy files to iTunes Media Folder when adding to library." The last item is the important one. This makes sure that all your data is copied to that folder. This item is by default not checked. So, make sure that there is a check mark on it. Tip #3: What happens if the inevitable happens? If I could not update iTunes or if iTunes gets messed up? What do I do? As long as you have followed Tips #1 and 2, you are safe from the hassle of searching, downloading and importing all your data again. First, go into your iTunes Media Folder and copy all your data to a separate folder. This is your backup. Now, it is safe to uninstall iTunes. After you have uninstalled and reinstalled iTunes make sure that you follow Tip#2 again. Then after that just import them all back using iTunes' import functionality under the File Menu. Now that you have these 3 steps you are all set and confident that, whatever happens to your iTunes, you will be able to recover all your data.

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The default software for all iPod devices is iTunes. You can download iTunes at http://apple.com/itunes. iTunes is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 on Windows PCs and Mac OS X 10.4 or higher on Macs. Once installed, when you plug in your iPod it will appear on the right of the iTunes window.
There are also alternative software options for syncing iPods, but they often have some bugs and may not be able to sync everything. Here is a great article comparing alternate options if you'd like to take a long: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/6-ways-sync-ipod-computer-itunes/. I'm a fan of Songbird, but I haven't tried syncing an iPod with it.

Jun 02, 2011 | Apple iPod nano

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