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Ask the iTunes Guy – Can iTunes do…? Sometimes the answer is no

itunesguy-thum-100004188-gallery.jpgIn this column, I generally present questions from readers and offer solutions or workarounds to resolve their problem. But this isn’t always possible. Sometimes, when I receive a question about iTunes, such as “Can I do…?” my answer is “No.” In this week’s column, I want to present a number of questions where the answer is negative, in order to highlight some of iTunes’ limitations. So this week, I bring you the No column.

Read this week’s Ask the iTunes Guy at Macworld.

So, Um, How Do You, Like, Stop Using Filler Words? – The New York Times

So, how do you, like, um, stop using verbal fillers that can make you sound, you know, nervous or not so smart?

Communications experts describe “um,” “aah,” “you know” and similar expressions as discourse markers, interjections or verbal pauses.

They often occur when we are trying to think of the next thing we are going to say…

I struggle to reduce my use of fillers and discourse makers when recording podcasts, but it’s very difficult. You’ll find that professionals on the radio or TV don’t use these words, but it takes a lot of attention to be able to eliminate them.

Interestingly, when I taught English as a foreign language back in the day in France, it was quite odd to hear French speakers use French fillers (euh…) in English. I tried to get them to learn to use English fillers, with mixed results.

Source: So, Um, How Do You, Like, Stop Using Filler Words? – The New York Times

Understand iTunes Library Files

iTunes uses a number of library files to store metadata and manage your media. By default, they are store in the iTunes folder inside your Music folder. (If you’re on a Mac, this is in your home folder; that’s the one with the house icon and your user name. If you use Windows, it’s in \My Music\iTunes, in your user folder.)

Here are the files you may see:

Itunes library files

  • Album Artwork stores a cache of artwork that is embedded in your files, and stores downloaded artwork for purchased tracks, or for Apple Music tracks.
  • iTunes Library Extras.itdb contains some data downloaded from the Gracenote CD Database.
  • iTunes Library Genius.itdb stores information about your library for use by Genius, if you have activated Genius. If you use iCloud Music Library, then Genius is on, and you cannot turn it off.
  • iTunes Library.itl is the main iTunes library file. It stores information about all your media files, including metadata. This is the file that iTunes reads when you display content in iTunes, when you search, when you create smart playlists, etc. This is the most important file for your iTunes library.
  • iTunes Library.xml is a file that iTunes writes from the iTunes Library.itl file. This is only used for third-part apps to be able to read what’s in your library. And, by default, this file is no longer written. iTunes only writes this file if you check Share iTunes Library XML with other applications in the Advanced preferences. I recommend doing so, because if you ever have a corrupted library, you may be able to rebuild your iTunes library from this file. It’s good to have backups of this file too.
  • iTunes Media is the folder that contains your iTunes media files. You may store it in a different location, such as on an external disk or network volume.

Get this: Tech industry thinks journos are too mean. TOO MEAN?! – The Register

The tech press has dared to lean away from its core mission of making technology companies more profitable, says tech advocacy house ITIF.

The industry-funded think tank has cooked up an 18-page report [PDF] that laments what it says is a shift in the media from a “positive” attitude in the 1980s and 1990s to one that is more confrontational in the past two decades.

According to the ITIF, as tech news outlets have meandered from their central mission of hyping up technology and splashing around headlines about companies delivering quality products and treating customers fairly, multi-billion-dollar corporations have found the growing levels of criticism quite inconvenient.

“This report finds that there has been a notable decline in the favorable coverage of technology in the US media,” the think tank claims.

FFS. Seriously?

Tech giants, we’re not your cheerleaders.

I couldn’t have said it better.

Source: Get this: Tech industry thinks journos are too mean. TOO MEAN?! • The Register

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