Following online discussion with the Anonymous Economist, who is a PC-based iPod addict, I should point out that the main problem I had with the Windows version of the iTunes software that accompanied my sister’s iPod Mini was her not being broadbanded up. It didn’t help that the program kept trying to dial out to download megs of stuff from the ‘Net, but the real pain was typing in track details without the system filling them in automatically from a central database. For example, every Windows software package ever written uses the tab keys to move between fields—except frigging iTunes. There seems to be no consistent rule separating clicking to insert text in a track, clicking to select a track, or clicking to play it; and the sensitive areas of each row are both small and unmarked. All of this is probably something you don’t have to think about if you have a reasonably large pipe to the Internet, but users in that situation shouldn’t be discriminated against by programmers’ laziness.
29Dec04 — 2
I’m both probably not precisely getting your point, and using a Mac, so this might be no help. On my iTunes, if you highlight the item in the main Library field, then click Get Info under the File top menu you get a sequence of windows in one of which, Info, you can enter any track information; and it tabs from space to space.
I shifted from the Mac to the PC in 1996, and received my iPod 6 months ago. While klunky, Windows will let you organize your music files into folders of your own creation. The “Get Info” screen is annoying to me because I had to input the info for 5 GB of music that refused to arrange themselves by my arbitrary categories (generally organized by mood). Had I been given the gift of a Pocket PC with 20 GB of memory, the 5GB for music would be exactly the same as my music folder in Windows.
I have a broadband connection and I download mostly from Kazaa and Bit Torrent. So I can only imagine the anguish of downloading anything from a dial-up. *pats Damian* There there.