iTunes per track Start Stop times

I recently purchased the Rebecca & Fiona – Luminary Ones (Nause Remix) off iTunes Store as I really like the song, and that mix in particular. The song is a 7m 47s DJ friendly mix, thus has 2 minutes of intro and 2 minutes of outro, that are honestly boring.

So I have been day dreaming of making a new cut of the track with those minutes trimmed, so I jumped into iTunes to see the file type to work out what needs to be done to trim the song, and just for the laughs I look at the Options tab of the track, and low and behold, a ‘Start Time’ and ‘Stop Time’.


And the settings worked on my PC, so I synced my iPhone, and they work there also. Sorted!

Now I would like a fade out option, as the ending is abrupt, but there is not a nice breakdown to end on, and maybe I will trim the song externally, but 95% of my problem is solved, so most likely I won’t.

iTunes Podcasting changes

The new UI change in iTunes had me tripped up, as the download button has been removed from non-downloaded podcast. Thus if you have frequent updating podcasts, and there is a gap, under the old system you could click the download button.

The red arrow shows where the button used to be.

There is now per podcast subscription settings, but the “download all” option which will fill those gaps, will also delete each podcast as it’s listened to.

Well today, I discovered you can just double click on the missing podcast, and it auto downloads.

A very simple UI change, it makes it cleaner, and still allows users like me to do what you want, but very non-discoverable, unless you have the habit of double clicking everything…

[Update: One day later] The new release has the buttons back.

iTunes: How to convert podcasts to normal music entries

Just found the solution to making podcasts into permanent/normal music entries while clicking around in iTunes 10 today.

I’ve wanted to-do this for a while after listening to some talks I really liked, and would to keep those, but not the bigger podcast they were part of:

First select the tracks you wish to keep, right click, and choose¬† “Create MP3 Version”:

Then wait for them to process, and they appear in you normal music library, tagged and every thing:

Right next to your Red Hot Chile Peppers ;-)

Don’t upgrade iOS if sync is not currently working..

I should have know not to upgrade to iOS 4 on my iPod Touch, but I did it anyway, and I took no precautions, like manually backing up my application data.

So the OS upgrade worked, and the app’s are all back (after a couple of reboots) but my data is all lost. Arrrg! (weight tracking, car fuel and high scores on card games)

So the errors I’m getting since upgrading to iTunes 9.2 are on sync I get three or four of these:

SyncServer has encountered a problem and needs to close.

With these details:

Then after reporting all those, iTunes tells me it didn’t sync correctly, then I get a crash in the crash reporting tool, and another batch of 3-4 of the first error messages:

MDCrashReportTool crashing at 0x00b13dd9

I’ve not found the a fix yet, but it’s quite frustrating.

So having all this rubbish happening I thought, oh I’ll upgrade the device in case that’s the problem. Wrong thinking..

iOS 4 seems neat, so far my only gripe is my music/podcasts pauses for a few seconds when the home button is push sometimes, or a minute or two after leaving the device alone (when is turns the screen off) which is not so impressive.

Update 14th July: It turned out to be my time zones were not the same. My PC was GMT -6 Central America not GMT -6 Central Time (US & Canada), and my iPod was set to Chicago. OMG I can’t believe it was something so simple and stupidly small. I found the answer in this Apple thread.