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  1. I've given up on using iBooks and just started tagging audiobooks as music in iTunes and using the Music app on my iPhone to play the files. Where iBooks would tell me a file had been played several times (increasing the play count of the currently playing track with every sync) and lose its place in the book and frequently skip chapters, Music seems to be working as expected. Neither is exactly idea, but Music seems to be the superior option for my needs (especially since I don't use Audible at all, ever).
  2. It's been a year since the last feature update, so you could be forgiven if, like me, you'd begun to worry that XLD was no longer in development. This is a HUGE update. fixes/updates: Added DSD output plugin Added option to crop cover art images to square Supported image copying/pasting for cover art field Available via context menu. Sort tag for artist/album artist tag is now editable Added menu item to eject discs Improved Date tag handling by using TYER and TDAT field in ID3v2.3 Improved low-pass filter in DSD decoder Optimized coefficients and applied filter delay compensation Relaxed version checking in SACD ISO reader DDP file parser now reads metadata from CDTEXT.BIN file Added option to accept file naming format and to disable metadata adding in command-line version Fixed some glitches on recent OSX Fixed a problem that ID3 tags in AIFF-C files were ignored Fixed a problem that 32-bit floating point AIFF files were incompatible with iTunes Changed bug tracker URL from googlecode to sourceforge Updated WavPack to version 4.75.2 Updated libsndfile to version 1.0.26 Updated Opus to version 1.1.1 I'm thrilled (and SO relieved) to see this update. I'm hoping there won't be another year between updates again.
  3. I've had a bunch of recent app updates (like thirty or so) in the last couple days, and apart from a few new updates released since the last time I checked for updates on the 22nd, they're old. Like from a week or two back. iTunes downloads them, trashes the "old" file (which appears to be the same as the fresh download) and trashes it, per the normal mechanism. Is this a glitch in iTunes 12.3?
  4. When it "forgets", that field is blank. Currently it reads "/Volumes/Astarte/iTunes Library", which is as it should be. I'm starting to wonder if maybe what's happening is my USB ports or hub are getting loose and my drive unmounts for a moment. IIRC I had a problem with that under 10.10.4 when I'd close the lid. The system would unmount the drives and then re-mount them when I opened the lid. I'd get "The drive $DRIVENAME was not put away correctly" or somesuch, and iTunes would forget where Astarte was, even though it could still play music on her. …how the heck did I forget that until just now? Oy. Well, thank you for the memory prompt/assistance, Otto. It's greatly appreciated. I think I can lay this mystery to rest now.
  5. Twice in as many days iTunes has forgotten where my iTunes media folder lives. I keep it on an external hard drive because of its size (1.9tb). The first time, I pointed it to the actual library folder and let it go through its various "relocating the library" steps. Tonight when it happened, I quit and relaunched iTunes, which restored its memory. But then when I plugged in my iPhone to sync, it re-copied all the music I had on it. The amnesia seems to happen when I try to update my iOS apps, but not always. It's also happened under versions 12.2.1 and 12.3 of iTunes in Mac OS X 10.10.5. iOS versions 8.4 and 9.0 have been involved in these shenanigans as well. Might anyone have experienced these issues and found a successful resolution?
  6. I have Apple Music turned off and don't see the View menu options you describe, even after logging in and out of the iTunes store about half a dozen times. But the column seems to have magically disappeared overnight. I have no idea what happened but if it's gone, it's gone. Weird. Many thanks for the assist, and for not banishing me for calling you "Obi Wan Kirknobi".
  7. Did the stupid thing and updated to the latest version of iTunes this morning and now I've got an "iCloud Download" column in song view. I can make it go away, but if I quit iTunes it reappears when I start it up again. Is there a way to banish this unneeded thing? I have about five purchased tracks; the rest are from CDs and other online purchases, so it's wasted space. I've looked online but the information I've found for banishing it permanently is for older versions of iTunes and is no longer accurate. Am I doomed to see that stupid column for the rest of my iTunes using days? Help me, Obi Wan Kirknobi, you're my only* hope! *well, maybe someone else knows, too?
  8. I set up a new library and loaded a little music, quit iTunes and then did what I did before and…nothing. I'm forced to conclude this was an oddball glitch and not new, consistent behaviour I have to quash. Thank you for your troubleshooting help.
  9. The only thing in there is iTunesHelper, which has always been there, as long as I can remember.
  10. Pretty fresh install of Mac OS X 10.10.4, iTunes 12.2.1. I haven't used a controller app since Sophia Teutschler stopped working on Cover Sutra to go to work for Apple. This is quite perplexing. ETA: It's a late 2011 13" MacBook Pro with 8gb of RAM, just fyi.
  11. Tonight, while trying to watch a video, iTunes launched repeatedly (I'd quit it each time because not only would it launch but it would start playing the first track in my library, which would, of course, obliterate the dialogue in the video). Then things seemed to settle down, until I plugged in my headphones a little and iTunes started playing automatically. This is totally new behaviour. And it's not like iTunes was all that well-behaved for me to begin with. I've googled it and come up with many, many complaints of similar behaviour but no really clear information on how to deal with the issue. People say to do this or that and other people say those things worked, but I'm more interested in understanding why this is happening in the first place. Once I figure that out I can work out how to keep it happening again. Does anyone have experience with this, and if so, what advice might you give me here? Thank you!
  12. Being one of those weirdos who likes being able to tab between controls so she doesn't have to keep reaching for the mouse to click "OK" or "Cancel", I always set Full Keyboard Access (in the Keyboard control panel in System Preferences) to "All controls". For every application except iTunes, this works fine. As iTunes's version number has risen, so too has the number of controls one can tab to. Worse, when it wakes from appnap (which I'd've SWORN I turned off…), it assigns the control focus to a random control, usually the rewind/track back control. I can no longer "select all" in the Album View at all, no matter how many times I hit tab. I'm 99% certain this is NOT how iTunes is meant to behave. What I'd like, ideally, is for iTunes to simply function the way I expect it to. Failing that, is there a way to exempt apps from the "All controls" setting? I would appreciate any help. I have not yet tried to rebuild my library (though I'm not sure why that would be the issue) and I'm running iTunes 12.2.1 on Mac OS X 10.10.4 on a late 2011 13" MacBook Pro. Many thanks for any thoughts or assistance.
  13. Ah, I understand, my apologies. I gave up on using iTunes for ripping CDs long ago (except for audiobooks—XLD seems to have major problems ripping them which iTunes does not) because it's not trustworthy, even with "use error correction" turned on. It would be nice if Apple provided a more trustworthy ripping process but given how they've been pushing the iTunes store and now Apple Music I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for it to happen.
  14. I'd suggest taking a look at XLD, a free audio converter which can also rip CDs and which supports AccurateRip. There are various guides to setting it up for secure ripping. Here's the one from the Hydrogen Audio forum. It supports a variety of formats for input and output, including MP3, AAC and Apple Lossless.
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