# Random ten from iTunes 7

1. “Liza (All The Clouds’ll Roll Away)” by Thelonious Monk
from Standards
2. “Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol
from Like, Omigod! The 80s Pop Culture Box (Totally)
3. “My Bonnie” by The Beatles
from Anthology 1 (Disc 1)
4. “Three-Time Loser” by Wilson Pickett
from A Man And A Half: The Best of Wilson Pickett
5. “Love You To” by The Beatles
from Revolver
6. “Easy to Slip” by Little Feat
from Hotcakes & Outtakes (Disc 1: 1970-1975)
7. “Mr. Big Stuff” by Jean Knight
from Stax-Volt Soul Singles Vol. 2
8. “Call My Name” by Prince
from Musicology
9. “What Now My Love” by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
from Classics, Vol. 1
10. “Tattoo” by The Who
from Sell Out

As always, this semi-automated post is brought to you by this script, which works on iTunes 7 without alteration.

I have a love/hate relationship with iTunes. Its user interface is pretty slick; dragging and dropping work pretty much as you would expect them to and as you would want them to. But iTunes is the only program that can lock up my computer. My work machine, a Mac mini, had to be rebooted three times today as iTunes froze and wouldn’t respond to Quit, Force Quit, or even the venerable Unix kill -9 from the command line. Its window would go away, but the little black arrow pointing to the iTunes icon in the Dock remained. This prevented me from:

• relaunching iTunes
• logging off
• restarting from either the Apple menu item or the reboot Terminal command
• shutting down from either the Apple menu command or the halt Terminal command.

In each case, I had to shut down by holding the power button for several seconds.

Two of the freezes happened as iTunes was doing some sort of update to the “Gapless Playback” info for the songs on my iPod. I’m not sure what it was doing the third time. But then, magically, it just started working, and I had no more problems with it for the rest of the day. Maybe it just needed to be left alone long enough to update some configuration files. If so, it would have been nice if it had told me to keep my hands off until it was done with the update.

This post was created on my iBook, which seems to have accepted the update to iTunes 7 without complaint.