iTunes Issues with Windows 10 Creators Update (64-bit)

Two days ago, I received an e-mail from Microsoft’s Insider Program the availability of Windows 10 Creators Update (OS Build 16179)

But, if you’re a music lover who spends a lot of time listening to your collection using iTunes on your PC, specifically one running the 64-bit flavor of Windows 10, then, here’s a caveat.

Don’t update to the latest version of Windows 1o – Creators Update.

Even if you have the latest version of iTunes (currently, 12.6.0.100) on that PC, the Windows 10 Creators Update will screw up your previously perfectly working iTunes that you will regret why you updated in the first place.

Here are some of the frustrations, as well as observations, that you’ll have with iTunes after the Windows 10 Creators Update:

  • iTunes will not launch, forcing you to restart your PC.
  • In the event that iTunes will launch after the restart, it will hang-up in almost every way you use it; forcing you to restart or terminate the program.
  • Only iTunes seems to be affected by the Windows 10 Creators Update.  Is Microsoft forcing you to uninstall iTunes? Bullying you into utter frustration and resignation to use its Groove Music app instead?  But you don’t want to mess up with your iTunes library by uninstalling & reinstalling it, specially if your have thousands or even a million songs in your collection.
  • Reinstalling it over or a repair of iTunes will not solve the issue.  Don’t even bother to uninstall iTunes and deal with all the hassle that comes with re-installing it.  It didn’t work in spite of several tries.

What if you had installed Windows 10 Creators Update and rued the day because you can’t listen to your music collection via iTunes anymore?

Make sure that you “Go back to an earlier build” (found under System -> Windows Update -> Update history ->Recovery option).  My OS Build prior to the messy Creators Update was 14393.1066.

But, then again, there’s another caveat: You have to do that within 10 days after you had updated to Windows 10 Creators Update.

 

A Tribute to Cesaria Evora

Cesaria Evora tribute: Cover of "Voz D'Amor"
Cover of Voz D’Amor

Cape Verdean  – Cape Verde is a string of islands off the coastline of West Africa and a fomer Portuguese colony – songstress, Cesaria Evora passed away last Dec 18, 2011.

Since most of her songs were rendered in Portuguese, I thought – when I first heard her music -that she was Brasilian. My mistake only proved, once more, the universality of music as a medium.

Most of my late afternoon to early evening music listening hours were punctuated by her songs which seem to always have a sense of longing for something we can’t have in this materialistic world we unfortunately live in.

At least, for me, she was the female counterpart of Milton Nascimento.

My deep respect goes to all world music persona who always seem to find a way to soothe away the pains and worries of plain mortals like us…of the difficulties of living in this world.

One of my favorite songs of her is “Crepuscular Solidao” which is literally translated in English as ” solitude in twilight”.

And the last few lines of the track goes something like….

“There are people, too many people
Who suffer from loneliness
There are people, too many people
Who are almost dying, by the fading twilight
By the fading twilight, by the fading twilight”

Rest now, our dearest barefoot diva…Cesaria Evora.

Three Computers and an iPod: To Sync or Not to Sync

The size of the package was reduced 50 percent...
The size of the package was reduced 50 percent with the introduction of the second generation. “Apple and the Environment”. Apple.com . Apple Inc. . . Retrieved October 22, 2006 . The fourth and fifth generation packaging mimics this packaging, while the third generation used a larger but otherwise similar version of it. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recently got a week-old iPod nano for my wife that has some songs on it – 165 songs to be exact. All of the songs are in the MP3 format. Not a single tune was in the MP4 format – a proprietary format Apple created that produced better fidelity during the compression process.

Since the iPod nano was sold to me in good faith, I was, now, the rightful owner of the device as well as all the contents of it, right? Just like when you bought a house and the seller agreed to give to you all the furnitures and fixtures inside, you are the rightful owner of everything inside the house, correct?

Not so in the complicated world of licensing, music rights, the RIAA, music delivery formats, interfaces and the ever-changing realm of the computer industry.

Apple and iTunes brought a bit of peace of mind to music executives by paying them their dues for every song bought via the extremely popular iTunes Music Store. Apple admits they don’t make any money from the iTMS but from the device that feeds off it — the fad that became a must device for music lovers: the iPod.

The iPod, however, ‘syncs’ exclusively to the first computer you install iTunes and put songs on. If you want to sync it to a different computer, it will tell you that “it will delete all the songs on your iPod and put the songs from the new computer to your iPod.” Or, basically, you will have to reformat your iPod so that the ‘new’ computer with a different song compilation that you want transferred to your iPod, can do it without violating any music industry regulations.

But, what if all the songs on the iPod are all mine anyways? I bought all the CDs, rip them and just transferred them to my iPod (which I also bought)? All I want is just to move them all across my three (3) computers in the house?  Can’t I just transfer those songs on the new iPod to any of my existing PCs with iTunes without reformatting the iPod?

Here’s where the software iLinkPod really shines. It creates a folder called ‘iLinkPod’ on both the Mac and the iPod once you installed the software and hit the ‘Link’ button. You can then simply copy all the music files in those folders (F00, F001, F002 etc) – inside the iLinkPod folder to your hard drive. That done, yes, you can now reformat your iPod to sync with the computer of your choosing and just add the songs later on to your music compilation!

iLinkPod not only empowers the rightful owners of music but also serves as a very useful tool in case your PC crashes…and would like to re-create your music compilation on that just-fixed-up Mac or PC!

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You can download this very useful software (Mac version only) at:

www. ilinkpod.com