In anticipation of my hopefully-imminent Switch™ to a Mac, I’ve been thinking about how to transfer my pictures, my music and my life (
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For my photos, this shouldn’t be too bad, thanks partly to EXIF data, partly to Flickr. Slight issues start when I start thinking about my music, however.
I use iTunes for my music needs whenever practical (when under Linux, I use amaroK). As you may well know, iTunes does loads of funky stuff with metadata, hence I have playlists for (say) all the tracks I rather like but haven’t listened to in the past month. As I’ve found out from a couple of corrupt library files, however, iTunes isn’t very good at remembering play counts, even when you explicitly give them to it in a library file. This neatly kills off the functionality of some of my more useful playlists.
Enter a solution: iPodRip. This little beauty lets you pull all your music data off your iPod (which, naturally, synchronises its play-counts with iTunes) and saves your metadata along with it.
Except (and I’ve just thought of this) my iPod is currently FAT32-formatted: my Mac isn’t going to read that, is it?