iTunes Keeps Opening Automatically in Windows 7


I recently updated to iTunes 10.5 here at my office and for some reason, iTunes has decided that it ALWAYS needs to be open. iTunes now opens when I boot up my computer. Upon closing it, iTunes will re-open itself within 1-5 minutes. Seems to be very random. This will happen continuously. As many times I close it, it will always open again. So far, the only way I’ve found to stop this annoyance is just to leave iTunes open, which really isn’t an option for me. I don’t need iTunes consuming any memory while I’m trying to complete other tasks.

Has anyone else had the problem of iTunes opening automatically, continuously and repeatedly? It is really frustrating because each time it opens, it comes to the foreground.

Notification System for New Albums and Concert Performances from Artists You Like

I have so many apps, programs, websites, tools, etc etc that I use related to music (I listed them out below).

But I’m still missing a functionality I really want… and that is: a notification system when an artist I follow is about to release new material, or is about to perform in my area! If anyone knows of something reliable that provides this data, I’d love to hear about it.

Muspy is supposed to tell when artists release new material, but its unreliable. It misses a lot of data, or sends it late, and duplicates data (for other country releases).

Last.fm has listings on artist performances, but its incomplete and hard to get at the data. It relies on artists/users to upload the information regarding tour dates. Also, it doesn’t have a notifcation system for when artists you like are coming to your area. You’re left with hoping you visit the artist’s page at the right time.

Here’s the things I’ve used related to music:

  • Last.fm (web, desktop, mobile)
  • Pandora (web, mobile, desktop “OpenPandora”)
  • Grooveshark (web, desktop, mobile)
  • Spotify (desktop, mobile)
  • iPod (mobile)
  • iTunes (desktop)
  • Windows Media Player (desktop)
  • Youtube (web, mobile)
  • iHeartRadio (mobile, web)
  • iLike (mobile, web)
  • mySpace (web)
  • Muspy (web)
  • 8tracks (web)
  • AllMusic (web)
  • Playlistify (web)
  • Shazam (mobile)
  • Soundhound (mobile)
  • BingMusic (mobile)

Then there is of course, the more traditional avenues: FM radio, Satelite radio, Television, Concerts, and Coffee Shops.

It’s crazy how often and in how many different ways we have access to music! In another article, I’ll attempt to summarize everything that these tools are trying to accomplish, and every functionality one could possibly want related to music.

Runs Not Syncing to Nike+ Plus from iPod/iTunes/iPhone


If it wasn’t for Nike+ Plus, I wouldn’t run at all. The fact that I can have some sort of geeky tech toy with me when I run makes all the difference in the world for me. The only problem is that recently, my runs have not been syncing with nikeplus.com when I connect my iPod or iPhone to iTunes after going for a run.

I haven’t changed the way that I do anything, I always used to just plug in my iPod when I returned from a run, and the run data would be automatically sent to nikeplus.com, but within the past few months, I’ve noticed sporadic problems with run data not being sent/synced to nikeplus.com from iTunes.

Has anyone encountered this same problem? Here are some of the specs of the hardware and software I’m using:

  • I’ve had the problem on both my PC and my Mac computer.
  • I’ve had the problem with both my iPod Nano and my iPhone.
  • I use Firefox on both my PC and my Mac, however, I still have the same problem when using Internet Explorer on my PC and when I use Safari on my Mac. I went as far as changing my PC’s default browser to Internet Explorer and my Mac’s default browser to Safari. Neither seemed to fix anything.
  • I have the most recent version of iTunes on both machines – iTunes 9.1

How to Get Apple to Remove/Disable Gapless Playback from iTunes


It’s been quite awhile now, and Apple still has not answered the huge problem that Gapless Playback has been causing. For some reason, Apple seems to think that Gapless Playback is a wanted (or needed) feature, though I can count hundreds of emails and comments that I’ve received complaining about Gapless Playback. Ever since the release of iTunes version 7 (and beyond) Gapless Playback has been causing huge problems for those people who have large music libraries and those of us who have all of our music stored and shared across networked drives.

Gapless Playback got so bad for me that everytime I opened up iTunes, it would literally lock me out of my system. It’d take at least 10-15 minutes before iTunes would respond to me clicking the small X in the menu to stop “Determining Gapless Playback”, and I know others have had the same problem, and some have had it worse. I’ll admit, it could be a cool feature, but is it necessary, absolutely not. It’d be great if Apple would just make a system-wide setting in iTunes that would allow Gapless Playback to be turned on/off (enabled/disabled). That way, each and every song in the music library wouldn’t have to be tagged as being part of a Gapless Playback album. That would make peoples lives a lot easier!

As I mentioned above, Gapless Playback has gotten so bad for me that I’ve stopped using iTunes to manage my music. I’ve found two strong alternatives that are really growing on me:

  • MediaMonkey
    The thing I like about MediaMonkey is they’ve found a way to allow you to manage the songs on your iPhone from within the MediaMonkey interface, however, each time a new version of iTunes comes out, there is some small lag time as the MediaMonkey program is updated. MediaMonkey does natively support updating iPods. Music playback and music management is great from within MediaMonkey and that’s what makes it my favorite alternative to iTunes, but if you’re solely a Mac user, you’re unfortunately out of luck on this one.
  • Songbird
    Songbird is great because its built on the Mozilla platform and allows all sorts of user developed add-ons, plugins and themes to be installed. The good thing about Songbird is that it comes for Windows/Mac/Linux.

System extension cannot be used – _ClassicNotSeize.kext was installed improperly and cannot be used.


As you may know from reading this blog, I’ve recently purchased a Mac, and love it for the most part. However, I recently was updating iTunes and I received the following error message:

System extension cannot be used
The system extension “/System/Library/Extensions/CNQL1213_ClassicNotSeize.kext” was installed improperly and cannot be used. Please try reinstalling it, or contact the products’s vendor for an update.

I’ve never seen this error before, I’m unsure if it has anything to do with my recent update to Mac OS X Snow Leopard. I was upgrading from iTunes 9.0 to 9.1 when the error occurred. Here’s the biggest problem… I can’t find the solution because errors on Macs are so few and far between as compared to similar issues with PC’s. I’ve tried Googling the error and cannot find anything that seems to be related. After that error message, the iTunes update continued, and apparently installed successfully because I got the following message: The update was installed successfully.

Update

This issue is potentially caused by a Canon scanner driver issue. If you have a Canon scanner, particular any of the LiDE series Canon scanners, you may want to check and see if you’re able to update/remove this driver.

MediaMonkey Crashes When Connecting iPhone After Installing iTunes 8.2


I’ve been a huge fan of MediaMonkey ever since it was released, I love the ease of management and the freedom that it gives you (over that of iTunes) is great! I now love the fact that it supports iPhones as well because it so nice being able to put songs onto the iPhone without using iTunes. Now the only thing I really use iTunes for is to download the podcasts that I’m subscribed to, and I’ll occassionally connect my phone to iTunes to remove some songs or to add some new ringtones. Other than that, iTunes is pretty much obsolete on my computer. Until recently.

I just upgraded my PC from Windows 7 Beta to Windows 7 RC1, and I’ve installed MediaMonkey 3.0.7.1191 and ever since I’ve upgraded iTunes to version 8.2, I am unable to connect my iPhone while running MediaMonkey. Connecting my iPhone causes MediaMonkey to immediately crash. It just gives me the following error message prior to shutting down:

MediaMonkey – Audio Library has stopped working

As of right now, it looks like I’m stuck using iTunes to manage all of the music on my iPhone until the next version of MediaMonkey comes out, or until iTunes changes… I think it’s going to be left up to the MediaMonkey developers to fix the problem.

iTunes 8 Will Not Load or Install on Windows Vista – You must restart your system for the configuration changes made to iTunes to take effect


Recently, I updated my office computer to iTunes 8, and since the update, iTunes just will not load for me. Once I updated iTunes and restarted my system, I get the following messages.

First Message

Please wait while Windows configures iTunes.

Second (most frustrating) Message

You must restart your system for the configuration changes made to iTunes to take effect. Click Yes to restart now or No if you plan to manually restart later.

Basically, my iTunes installation is in a never-ending loop of configuring itself and then asking for my computer to be restarted. Is there any way to get around this problem? I’ve tried uninstalling iTunes and deleting all of the files associated with it, but once I downloaded and installed iTunes again, I encountered the same problem. Endless loop.

Genius results can’t be updated right now. An unknown error occured (-50). – iTunes Genius Error


Since the switch to iTunes 8, everything (for the most part) has been running smoothly. I’ve been able to create some great playlists using Genius, and I’ve also found some songs that I really like. But then, out of nowhere, I get the following error:

Genius results can’t be updated right now. An unknown error occured (-50).

Please try again later.

Is this just an intermitent problem, possibly caused by a bad network connection, or a problem with Apple servers? Has anyone else encountered this problem?