A little iPod training

So I’ve spent a little bit of time getting to know the new iPod. I still haven’t tried to fill it, although, there’s currently 20GB of music, podcasts and videos jammed into it right now. The interface is, I’ll admit, pretty cool. There are still some things I would have liked to see, such as the ability to delete a song, or to correct the ID3 tag while using the device. Sure this can all be done from iTunes, but one doesn’t edit the Palm’s data through the Palm Desktop. This isn’t yet any kind of Palm replacement, but it does have great media capabilities. And the built-in hard drive helps a lot.
One of the things that made me a little skeptical about this thing was that it’s so heavily dependant on the ID3 tags. Other systems would make use of the folder structure used for storing the songs, but it all goes into one big bucket on the iPod. One way to overcome this is to make a playlist with the folder’s name, and add all the songs to the playlist. iTunes makes this pretty easy: you can drag the folder directly to the iPod’s playlist and it knows what to do.
I think with a little more practice, I can get it working just the way I want it to work, but it’s going to be something critical for me. 60GB of music is a lot of music — sorting this stuff will be the key to ever finding a given song.

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