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Friday, December 23, 2005



Rex Hammock: "Another person in my office lost all of her Apple iTunes store purchases when her PowerBook's hard drive crashed. Despite the obvious fact that Apple knows she has purchased these tunes and that her problem was caused by an Apple hardware problem, their response is: You should have backed it up. Huh? To what?" [Scripting News]
Rex (and Dave) would do well to read my site, I have talked about this subject often. You should back up your music files as you back up the rest of your data. If you don't sooner or later you will lose it all. Depending on the amount of data you should use CDs, DVDs or an external hard drive. Anyway, backing up is a pain, but better than the alternative (sort of like birthdays). But the files from iTMS represent a special problem. The DRM in them makes its usefulness dependant upon Apple's servers. If you decide to switch to Linux, or live without internet, or the San Andreas fall destroys Apple, you'd lose the ability to listen to your music (at least, once your last iPod or authorized computer with your music is gone). So you should back up to CDs... Audio CDs... Each Album you buy should be made into the original Audio CD (at lesser quality), if you buy singles you have to go to the pain of compiling (and imputing the metadata for) a special CD. You could easily back up your original files to an iPod, but the restore procedure is not straight forward. At any rate, that is not enough as I have clearly explained. Every single song I have bought from iTMS have been converted to Audio CD and then back to Mp3... I know, lesser quality, but mine forever. I do regular back ups (at least once a week). I get to complaint a lot less, though...
Update: Do not buy videos from iTMS! These will never be yours, they can't be burn into DVDs or anything else that doesn't depend on Apple's authorization. There is no effective way of backing this up for an uncertain future.
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