I spent the last two days, swatching in front of my computer, and downloading about 200 vintage music cd's into my i-Tunes.
Let it be known...my older version of i-Tunes (Dec 2009) was acting up...wouldn't sync with my i-Pod...and the HELP thing said I might need to un-install i-Tunes...and go fetch the latest version of I-Tunes from Apple...and do a clean install. Which is what I did.
But of course, all of the music I had in my old i-Tunes was gone. I had the music on my computer, so it was easy to transfer it back again, into new i-Tunes.
Here is my situation now: the new version of i-Tunes (this feature is new to me, but I don't know if it's new new) will let you skip a step. Instead of ripping your CD's to your computer's Music Library, then plucking it out of there and loading it into your i-Tunes Library...the NEW FEATURE (to me) is that you can slide your music Cd into your drive, and i-Tunes will rip it directly into itself. And ready to sync with your i-Pod.
BTW: I have a 500GB external hard drive, and this new i-Tunes music library is saved in there, as I do backups like a fiend. As I'm wandering around in my external hard drive, I double clicked the i-Tunes music library, and it brings up the i-Tunes page)
Now here is my question: IF I ever had to do an uninstall of i-Tunes again...the music goes with it...but WILL I BE ABLE TO RETRIEVE all those vintage music CD's from the external hard drive, and send them to the now NEWER i-Tunes?
Is this i-Tunes music really saved if the i-Tunes software has to, once again, be uninstalled, and a newer version installed?
My question is important to me, cuz I'm thinking about giving away all of the actual CD's, and as a matter of fact, I gave about 100 of them to my daughter this morning.
Plus, I "bought" the latest Alicia Keyes CD from the i-Tunes store, and it was downloaded directly into my i-Tunes music library. So I'm concerned about how this all works!
If all of this music is REALLY, LITERALLY, TRULY saved in my 500GB external hard drive, and if it can BE SENT BACK to my computer, then I'm safe (I think).
But, is it all contingent on a viable version of i-Tunes?
I'd appreciate any help or comments! I'm fairly new to the world of i-Pod-ism! My little i-Pod nano is 16GB, and it's amazing that it can hold so many albums! What a great thing! Talk about a space saver!