Wednesday, June 15, 2005

iTunes Never Finishes "Finishing"

I recently had a similar problem like the one below:

Scion_xA_Guy said:

"I've had a similar problem since upgrading to iTunes 4.8. When Burning an MP3 CD-R, the burn goes along just fine until it gets to the point where it says "Finishing disc burn," where it just stays there and never finishes. If I try to cancel the burn or exit iTunes, it then tries to "Cancel the disc burn," but again never stops. I have to close iTunes by shutting down its process in Task Manager. So far the disc seems to have burned okay, but it's never happened before the upgrade to 4.8..."
I found the above post in the iPod Garage Forums, and that's exactly my problem except that I tried Audio CDs instead of MP3 CDs.

I tried the Apple Discussions where there was a topic about my problem exactly. There was this person called toonz who tried to help everyone with this problem, using the CD Diagnostics from the latest version of iTunes then working on updating the drivers/firmware. Unfortunately for me, there were no new updates for me whatsoever, so I thought I reached some dead end!

Then I got an e-mail message from a Technical Support Engineer (most probably toonz) from Apple asking me if I could download and install the "GEAR driver installer". Well, I did that of course and it worked real fine! So if you've updated your iTunes lately and had the same problem with burning CDs, then try this solution.

Boy was I happy with that! I mean I don't like Apple's prices, I don't like having less applications than what I'm used to have, and I certainly didn't like Apple's iPod Support when I had a problem ejecting my iPod Shuffle as I was stuck and not sure what to do but they simply didn't help me since I didn't buy my iPod from them directly as I bought it from some other dealer and the dealer was an ignorant when it came to knowing about what to do. So I didn't like all that but this message showed me that Apple and more especially the Apple community do care about the Apple experience and making sure it's as smooth as possible.

That brings the subject of the cult of Mac. I mean there's something special about being an Apple user, like the Switch Back flash or the Switch (to Mac) stories on Apple site. Well I can't wait to buy an Apple computer (well, I'm not sure which one to choose since all I have is a very little budget). Anyway, with all this Apple fever in me, how about if I make my hair like this:

Cover of Cult of Mac book

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Protected-WMA and iTunes

Here's what I would do to convert protected-WMA to AAC and add the songs to my iTunes library (and eventully to my iPod):

Note: I'm going to use Windows Media Player version 10 (you can download it if you don't have it already, or you can use some of the older versions with slightly different steps).

1. Go to Library.

2. If your songs are not in the Library already, you should add them to the Library by selecting File -> Add to Library -> Add Folder... or Add File or Playlist...

3. Right-click on My Playlists and select New...

4. Drag the songs to the right. Make sure your list will fit into one CD (for example: 70 minutes or 80 minutes depending on the media you're using).

5. After you finish making the list, click on Start Burn with a CD-R (or CD-RW) in the CD-Writer drive.

After finishing the CD(s), you have to import the songs back with iTunes, which is very easy:

Open iTunes and insert the CD that you just made, then click on Import.

There are softwares that gives you the ability to convert protected-WMA to AAC or MP3 Posted by Hello

Thursday, June 02, 2005

iPod Cannot Be Ejected

I left my iPod Shuffle connected for few hours, then I enabled the Disk-mode and replaced the current songs but then I couldn't eject it using iTunes as it gave me a message:
The iPod cannot be ejected because it contains files that are in use by another application.
I closed iTunes and tried to Safely Remove Hardware but couldn't do that either as it gave me another (yet similar) message:
The device ‘Generic Volume’ cannot be stopped right now. Try stopping the device again later.
Of course I wasn't using the device but something was wrong.

Tried to find a solution quickly, but couldn't, so I decided to restore my iPod Shuffle to its Factory Settings. I did restore it and had to transfer the songs again but it finally is working properly and as it's supposed to, no thanks to Apple's support (which directed me only to Apple's Discussion Boards).