That Time I Moved iTunes to a New Computer
For years (yes, years), Josh has been telling me to move my iTunes account to a different computer. It may be because the laptop I housed it on is about three seconds away from dying. Or the fact that I don’t automatically back up that laptop in the same way that I back up the desktop, ensuring that I will be screwed at some point. (I like to live on the edge.)
My reason for not moving it is simple: I do not trust technology to work. I do not trust that by doing X that Y will happen. The shorter the instructions for completing the task, the greater the chance that it will all go to shit. I assume that every time I update my software, something will go horribly awry and I will spend hours trying to fix the problem.
But this week, I decided it was time. I was going to move it all over, sync the phone to the new computer, and live happily ever after.
So we started moving stuff over. So far so good. Sure, the playlists didn’t transfer for whatever reason — maybe 5 out of 20 songs made it into each playlist — but those are easy enough to reconstruct. And certain files seemed to disappear into the ether. No worries — we’ll just transfer them again. And it took a looooooong time to move over a large amount of media from one computer to another. (A note if you do this yourself: It will likely take a few days to move it all over if you do it for a few hours each night.)
And then it came time to sync the phone. You see, you can back up your phone to multiple computers, but you can only sync with one. So I had to trust that in syncing with a new computer that it would keep all of the information, apps, and media currently stored on the device. And I do not trust technology to work for good reason: It often fails.
Sure enough, in syncing with a new computer, I needed to rebuild large portions of my phone. Most of my music didn’t come over, which is probably fine because I rarely listen to it. I had to reload movies and books. Certain apps stopped working properly and I had to reinstall them. But my photos were there — my most important thing — as well as my written and voice notes. All in all, it took me a full day to get back to functional.
At least I don’t have to do it again for a while?
I am happy that I’m now syncing with a computer that is automatically backed up, which gives me a safety net. It needed to happen, and it was going to be a huge time suck no matter when I did it, and even worse if the laptop died without the ability to move the media. Plus, as a bonus, I sucked it up and also upgraded the software on the phone. So everything feels fresh and up-to-date, at least for the next 5 minutes until the next iOS release.
Do you trust technology? Do you update quickly or let things go for weeks out of fear?