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iTunes: Cons of moving to another computer

If you rename your iTunes albums (i.e. foreign language) be prepared for problems. I recently moved my iTunes from one computer to another. Many of the albums reverted back to Japanese. Here’s a list of problems I experienced:

  1. Text changed back to Japanese
  2. Split up albums
  3. Missing songs
  4. Missing artwork
  5. Replaced artwork
  6. No more playlists
  7. No more ratings
  8. Missing comments
  9. No more number of plays

I moved from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1.  I’m not sure if that was the cause.  I used iTunes “import” feature to move files from one computer to another.  Maybe I would have been better off transferring my iTunes folder instead.

Solution

Believe it or not,  the “get info” function reverted many of the albums back to English (restored my changes).  Sometimes it wasn’t even necessary to click “ok.”   I fixed the albums iTunes split up by checking for changes in the title or artist.  I was baffled why one album was split so I deleted it then downloaded it again from the cloud which fixed the problem.  I had to import each of my playlists individually from the old computer.  You can get ratings back by importing rating based playlists then doing a select-all to rate all of them.  The only thing I couldn’t get back was the number of plays.

CD lost in Japan

First, I’ve never experienced any problems ordering from Japan until now.  I ordered a new CD from Amazon Japan last month and had it shipped to my Tenso address.  Amazon sent it with a tracking number and it was supposedly delivered to Tenso except Tenso said they never received it.

This made for a frustrating shopping experience.  I knew one of the CDs was missing but I didn’t know which one.  I never found out until I opened up the box.  I thought the missing CD was one sent without tracking but I was wrong.  I felt embarrassed too because I asked the merchant where the CD was and even gave them a bad Amazon rating.

I sent an email to Tenso asking what happened to my CD.  They said they will look for it but I’m not too hopeful.

Kiki’s Delivery Service OST on Amazon

Kiki's Delivery Service OST

Kiki’s Delivery Service OST

Kiki's Delivery Service OST

Kiki’s Delivery Service OST

I didn’t realized my CD was a Korean import until it arrived.  Not that it matters as long as it’s not bootleg.  The obi strip says “PONYCANYON KOREA.”  The tracks are exactly the same.  Inside there’s a sticker of the front cover art.  iTunes Japan also has Kiki’s OST except it’s missing the last two tracks.

Watching anime on my new 80″ tv

I replaced my 50″ Pioneer Elite plasma with an 80″ Sharp AQUOS LED.  I like the picture better on the plasma–The picture was clear and bright at any angle.  You have to be sitting directly in front of the LED to see clearly.  Also, the Sharp’s color seems unnatural.  It takes some getting used to.  The Sharp is perfect for anime though.  It’s nice watching Crunchyroll on a tv this big at 1080i.  I’m using a Mac Mini.  You might see it below the screen.