Monday, January 09, 2006

Facing the Music

Well, my new hard drive came today, so the lengthy business of transferring my entire music collection has at last begun! And, oy, is this going to take a while. Fortunately getting the disk set up was a snap, and it works absolutely fine. It's also a bit faster than I was afraid it was going to be, given that everything has to go back and forth by USB, which is nice. I've got everything copied off my Karma (mostly, anyway, but I'll get to that in a minute), which didn't actually take long, and I've begun the process of converting all my ogg files to MP3, which, while time-consuming isn't at all difficult.

The only problem I've run into -- and it's something of a doozy -- is that it turns out there's a snag transferring songs from the Karma if more than one song has the same name. Which a lot of them do, either because songwriters weren't feeling terribly original, or because I have multiple versions of the same song, or because I have more than one copy of the same version on different albums (e.g. greatest hits compilations). It only saves one of 'em (whether because it's overwriting or because it refuses to overwrite, I don't know). This means that I'm going to have to go through all 4,000+ songs on the thing looking for duplicates and saving them with different filenames. Oy.

But, however slowly it's going, it's going. I now have lots and lots of tracks on my iPod that start with numbers, symbols, and the letters A and B. Only 24 more letters to go!

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