Friday, 12.9.05: iPod Frustrations, For the Record
Spiritual leaders warn us not to get attached to our material
possessions. But we can't help ourselves. Some people freak out when
their car gets scratched or makes an odd sound. As for me -- my
car is dinged but who cares. It's my electronic devices that obsess me.
Their imperfections make my head explode. For the record, here's the
chronology of my recent iPod madness.
Mysterious "corrupt file" messages when downloading tunes to
iPod on Bluejay (desktop computer)
Nevermind. I rebuild my computer for other reasons. "Bluejay"
becomes "Ewald" (hoping for the saintly patronage of my fix-it
grandfather). Music folders are put back in place.
Clean install of iTunes. Clean install of iPod Updater. I go to
Restore the iPod -- plan to wipe it clean and start over. Error:
"Firmware update failed. Disk write error." Try again. Same message.
Then "Can't mount iPod." Try again. Then in the lower corner.
"Unknown USB device." I look at the iPod. All it will give me now is
the Exclamation Point of Death with the message to go to Apple
Apple Support is totally mysterious. They like the image that
their products never break down. But $29.50 later (for "shipping and
handling" of my 8 month old device), it gets sent to Apple for some
No complaints about Apple speed. IPod is back to me within the
week. "Fixed. No need to replace."
Reattach to Ewald. Same sequence of messages as in #3. Same
resulting Exclamation Point of Death. I scream.
Spiritual leaders warn us not to get attached to our material possessions.
Thanks to my sister's advice, I discover there is an Apple Store
in town. I head for the mall.
Apple guy is friendly and courteous. He takes my baby to the
back room for magical incantations. It comes out fixed. But they can
only format for Mac. I still have to install the iPod Updater. He
gives me a new set of "clearer" instructions. If it doesn't work
this time, they'll give me a new one.
Home. Plug it in. "Firmware update failed. Disk write error." My
head does not explode. I knew this would happen.
Just for fun -- just in the spirit of good troubleshooting -- I
go though the installation process on my newish laptop Cosmopol. Oh,
my God! It worked! My iPod was functional again.
I hate it when I get all angry and righteous and then find out the
problem is within my own system. Where am I supposed to go with that???
So the iPod was functional but getting my music back on was another
issue. I reattached it to Ewald. It pretended to download my music, but
didn't download a thing.
So can there be something squirrelly with my USB ports? Everything
else is attached just fine.
To hell with it. I transfer my music folders to Cosmopol. They
download fine through its spanking new USB port. Hmm... I guess my iPod will be a cosmopolitan from here on in.