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  • Blog Post: Fixing the Zune in Five Steps?

    As you probably know if you follow this blog regularly, I'm a big digital music fan that's been trying to move from iTunes to a Microsoft-based platform for over a year. I bought a Zune right after the Zune's release in November, and I've generally been happy with it . Today Engadget posted a short piece...
  • Blog Post: Moving iTunes Library to Windows Media Player – The Final Word

    I've gotten lots and lots of questions about my previous couple of posts about how to move your music library from Apple's iTunes to Windows Media Player over the past couple of months. Jerry Leynes of Jacksonville, Florida has cleaned up and augmented my posts along with a few others to create a definitive...
  • Blog Post: Moving from iTunes to Windows Media Player, Part II

    About six months ago I tried as best as I could to document my experiences moving from iTunes to Windows Media Player , and my attempts to preserve as much metadata as I possibly could during the move. I was really the most concerned with my song ratings, which are central to my listening experience...
  • Blog Post: Zune from the POV of a Gadget Junkie

    Anybody who's ever been over my house knew that this was going to happen, and it wasn't going to take long. Given that I have a week here of laid-back-ness here in my hometown of Medina, Ohio, it seemed like a perfect time to graduate to joining the hoard of other Microsofties that have been reviewing...
  • Blog Post: Zune Questions Answered (For Josh…)

    Josh just posted a bunch of questions on his blog about the Zune . I don't have all of the answers, but he should have known that I was going to jump all over his post. Here you go, boss: About Windows Media Center Integration Q: Can Zune Marketplace purchased songs be streamed through media center...
  • Blog Post: Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2 Released

    If you follow my blog, you know about my experiences migrating from iTunes/iPod to the Windows Media Player/PlaysForSure world. I was impressed with some of the ideas and functionality of the first beta of Windows Media Player 11, but still felt that much needed work. I just saw that the Windows Media...
  • Blog Post: This Time It's For Real--I'm Selling My iPod

    For those of you who have been keeping up with the blog, I've been going through a migration from iTunes and the iPod to Windows Media Player and my Gigabeat S . I'm now happy to say that I'm ready to complete the switch--I'm officially selling my iPod--through Windows Live Expo: http://expo.live.com...
  • Blog Post: Using MusicBridge to Sync Windows Media Player with iTunes

    In my previous post about migrating from iTunes to Windows Media Player , I mentioned a small applet called MusicBridge to sync the metadata between the two program's libraries. I wasn't extremely clear on how to use the applet, and I've received a couple of mails and comments asking about exactly how...
  • Blog Post: Moving from iTunes to Windows Media Player (and what’s up with album art?)

    UPDATE (12/18/06): By popular demand, I've added an article on how to convert your (unprotected) AAC files in iTunes to MP3s that can be played on any MP3 player or program. UPDATE (11/27/06): This blog entry is about how to get your iTunes library and metadata in sync with Windows Media Player...
  • Blog Post: Why My iPod Still Hasn't Been Sold...

    Well, time for a little bit of backtracking. :) A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about why I sold my iPod . The title of the post was a little bit preemptive...my iPod Photo was still sitting in a box that I hadn't unpacked yet since my move to Seattle. I hadn't used my iPod in over six months...
  • Blog Post: Managing My Music: What's Really Important?

    A couple of posts ago I mentioned that I had switched to a subscription-based music service (Yahoo! Music Unlimited) from my typical setup of iPod + iTunes that I had been using for a few years. During those few years that I used iTunes, I collected a decent amount of music in my library...about 4,000...
  • Blog Post: Why I Sold My iPod

    Outside of the online communities space, one of my biggest passions is music and home entertainment. Not just electronics and stuff…I actually minored in music in college, have played piano since I was four, and have even been in a couple of performances of the Microsoft Theater Troupe. That’s right...
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