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  • Instead of using "Shuffle" in iTunes on a large music collection, set your library to sort by song title and play them sequentially instead. The names themselves are a source of entropy.
    • Why? Shuffle works pretty well, and this title entropy doesn't work well if you've got any cover songs -- you might end up hearing, say, four different versions of "What I Like About You" in a row. I'll stick with shuffle.--Mark 00:05, 14 February 2006 (EST)
  • I meta-catagorise my itunes playlists by putting CD in front of CD length playlists, EP in front of other mixed playlists (e.g. EP Cohen (4hrs of music that Seth from OC would listen to)), LP for artist or group playlists, OST for soundtracks and W for music by world genres. I find it keeps things together a little better. You can use the browser in the library, but most playlists I use this for are mixed so don't come up right, and you can also keep the right order if you want to rearrange them. --Sophia
  • To identify a song you heard on the radio/TV/Elevator/etc, try to remember one of the phrases in the chorus, then type it into a search engine between quote marks. --Cwenham 14:51, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
    • Try memorizing an unusual, unique phrase of the song. The longer, the better. --Jaime Wong
  • Copy your cds if you're going to take them anywhere. I've got half a dozen cds that I've copied to keep in my truck. If they get scratched or someone wants to borrow them, no problem. The originals are still safely at home.--J.T. Boofle 16:19, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
    • This provides insurance against theft as well. By doing this I was saved the time and expense of replacing around 50 CDs when my car was stolen. -- Kchrist 20:34, 1 Apr 2005 (EST)
    • If you have lost or had stolen a CD without backup, check you local libraries for another copy to rip.
  • If you want to strip DRM from your iTunes so they work with things like the Sonos player, try this: burn an audio CD (not data CD) of your legally bought itunes, and then rip that CD. Your songs are no longer Protected AAC. "Note: I consider this fair use, but legally it's not." --JohnGraham 17:30, 29 Mar 2005 (EST)
    • This is absolutely legal. This is covered under "Fair Use" laws in the US and the iTunes license permits in other countries as well. (You have the right to make backups of media that you purchase for your own use.) --Rosso 13:56, 3 Apr 2005 (EDT)
      • "Fair Use" is among the trickiest concepts in copyright law. If I were you, I would be very hesitant to assume that this, or any other copying of copyrighted material, is legal ex ante. In fact, I would be very hesitant to take legal advice of any kind from a wiki (nothing personal). --Robcourtney 21:29, 16 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • Actually, the above method is Apple's recommended backup method. If something happens to your iBook for example (oh, lets say.... a dead screen or something??) and you lose all of your iTunes music - you can restore by ripping from the backup CD and voila! Restored music.... The TechNote doesn't mention what happens to the encryption, but I'll never tell. :-)
    • The option above is probably the easiest way to remove encryption, but it results in a pretty significant loss of quality. Instead, Mac users can try the Hymn Project's software... it removes digital rights management from your songs but leaves your account information in place. At best, it's quasi-legal. --jagtrev 00:42, 30 Mar 2005 (EST)
      • This won't work if you've installed iTunes 6. I hear they're working on it, but it's been ages.--Mark 00:08, 14 February 2006 (EST)
  • For those of you who burn many CDs/DVDs: when the spindle comes with a clear plastic coaster, take about 2/3 or 3/4 of the spindle off of the stack and put the plastic coaster in there. Put the rest of the discs on top. When you reach the coaster, it's time to start looking for a new spindle of discs. --Trex 22:57, 8 Apr 2005 (EDT)
  • External hard drives: for each drive you've got in your life, buy a plastic "shoebox" container (usually around $1 apiece) to hold your drive, power adapter and perhaps a USB cable. Label the box with a description of the contents of the drive (you do have a labeler, right?)
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