Please be careful – iTunes 7.0 might delete files and folders in your music folder, even if you have switched off automatic management! This turns out to be really nasty if you have set the music folder to something like E: or C: !! As I did on my PC. Au revoir, my precious downloads … :-(
Want to see a demo? I have recorded a Youtube.com video of iTunes in Action (deleting files).
The previous week was quite exciting. It started with great news from the Apple keynote, like the new iPod nano (which I had just bought the same night). The new Nano requires iTunes 7, so I bit the bullet and updated my PC from iTunes 6 to version 7.0. Everything went fine. At least it seemed so…
It was during the weekend when I realized that a lot of my downloaded files oddly had vanished from my drive E. At first I thought, ok, maybe I accidentally deleted them by my own. Fine, no problem, so I downloaded the files again. Waited until download was over. Double-Checked by opening the files. Everything was fine. Guess what, the next day all of them were gone again.
As it turned out, the culprit was iTunes 7. This f*g version has a nasty bug (among lots of other issues!). By using FileMon from SysInternals to log all file operations on drive E:, I found that iTunes, just after startup, scans the folder which is set as “Music Folder” in the preferences. That’s ok so far. But here’s what not: The setting for automatic management was switched off, yet iTunes 7 didn’t care. It ignores this setting and does some strange kind of sync, which might result in files and folders getting deleted.
Back in the times of iTunes 5, I had the music folder set to “E:”. I switched off the automatic management, so the music folder (drive E:) was simply ignored. iTunes 6 behaved as expected and I just forgot about these settings. Along comes iTunes 7 which has changed this behavior. iTunes 7 always syncs the music folder (E: for me) in a very strange way: all new files and subfolders that were or will be added to this folder after the iTunes 7 installation just get deleted when iTunes starts. It’s kind of scary.
I have filed a bug report to Apple. But this behavior is so nasty and data loss might be huge. So I decided to report in my blog as well. God (Apple) help us all!