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Comment Not normal behavior (Score 4, Interesting) 341

I'm not disputing that this happened to this guy, but deleting local files is not the standard behavior. I am also an indie musician with dozens to hundreds of my own compositions in my iTunes library. I signed up for Apple Music and none of my local files were touched at all. Sounds like he got hit by an unfortunate bug. Sucks that it happened, for sure. Hopefully anyone who signs up for a streaming service in the future will think to make a backup first, but it stinks that you have to do that.

Comment Re:Any actual examples? (Score 1) 598

I'm sorry this is happening to you. Have you tried doing any troubleshooting? (I know, it's not your job, it should just work, but it would be interesting to know if there is a reproducible case. If you had one, you can report it to Apple. They do look at bug reports from users.) Also, you might want to try using "Manually manage music and videos". (Connect your device, select its icon from the row of icons at the top left, then look under Settings, Summary, Options. It's at the bottom.) Once you check that box, iTunes doesn't try to sync the host's library any more. You just drag whatever you want from iTunes to the device and it gets copied straight over. (Theoretically - would be interesting to know if that fixes things for you.)

Comment Re:I don't see the point (Score 4, Insightful) 197

Ten years ago, when hard drives were small and NAS systems for home use didn't really exist, I could see the point of all this ripping and converting. But now, with multi-terabyte HDs and the proliferation of NAS appliances, there is a limited need for this or any other 'compressed' music file format.

I'll give you one: metadata. WAV doesn't really support it in a standard way across applications. AIFF is a little better but it doesn't have a lot of traction on Windows. FLAC has a robust tagging scheme. Since converting to lossless is incredibly fast, and you typically save about 30% of the disk space, why not do it?

Comment Killed my Mac (Score 1) 56

I have no idea how this is even possible, but BT Sync kills my home Mac's network connection. It's so weird. I can ping out from my mac fine, but pinging TO the mac results in 90% packet loss. Needless to say, this makes the network quite useless. Quit the app, no more packet loss. Took me quite a while to track that down!

Comment Re:Focus all you want... (Score 2) 207

Which is kind of ironic considering their cloud vending came from their retail business. Amazon used to have tons of extra server power set aside which was just used keep the site running smoothly during the insane blitz of online shoppers during the holiday season. Of course that only lasted for a month or so out of the year so they began to lease out that extra server power during all the months it wasn't in use.

This is a myth. AWS founder addressed in in a Quora answer: http://www.quora.com/Amazon/How-and-why-did-Amazon-get-into-the-cloud-computing-business

Comment Re:In the mean time... (Score 1) 150

Google apps is sold with a 99.9% uptime guarantee - that works out to a maximum of 526 minutes downtime per year.

In the last three years that we've been using Google apps, I've never had more than one hour of cumulative downtime in a calendar year. I also haven't spent a single second configuring or monitoring email servers, backing up email data, or with an executive breathing down my neck while I work on a server problem.

I'm pretty happy about that track record.

This. 1000x this. We've been using Google Apps (paid) for 5 years and I can't remember any significant downtime in that period. We've had more problems with our internet connection than Google problems.

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