My iPod Lost Its Memory

Yesterday, in her blog, Elizabeth mentioned the surprises we get each morning at DDA. Well today I got a surprise as soon as I got in my car – my iPod had no music on it!

Last night, I had ripped one of my new CD’s to my computer. Then, I tried putting it onto my iPod, my trusty musical companion on my commute to and from work. I got some sort of error message about a game I had on there – it wanted me to authorize it to my home computer (since I did not purchase the game when I was at home.) I tried logging in, but it wasn’t accepting my password, so I skipped the authorization. I then ejected the iPod believing that I had successfully completed the music transfer.

But this was not so! When I went to listen to some tunes this morning, all my playlists were empty! There was no music to be found whatsoever! I believe this has to do with the iPod’s “Sync” feature, which I usually disable. It may have been accidentally enabled when that error message for the game came up.

Sometimes, I think technology that is supposed to make things easier for us can actually make things more difficult if we don’t exclusively use it, or if we don’t use it right. For example, yesterday in his blog Vinnie talked about the Find and Replace feature in Flash.  While it is a great, time-saving feature for quickly replacing parts of actionscript code or altering comment text, if used incorrectly it can destroy hours of hard coding work.

3D animation programs such as LightWave 9 also have features that can potentially break a file, such as “replace all objects,” or its model sync feature. It can be very easy to accidentally overwrite work in LightWave, which is why you must always make iterative saves.

Animation programs are not the exception. Almost all new image editing, website programming, and video editing software ships with new, time-saving features that can totally destroy your work if used incorrectly. That is why, at DDA, I have gotten into the habit of saving multiple iterations of my work. The number one rule for me is to save early, and save often! This is especially true for programs that I am new to – like, apparently, iTunes!

It’s just too bad that I couldn’t make iterative saves of my music playlists – 5000 songs take a lot of hard drive space!