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Thursday, December 29, 2011

My Technological Quest To Listen To Kim Carnes On My iPad

It is completely possible that I am technologically inept. I don’t like to think that, but it’s possible. I say this because I just spent the last ninety minutes trying to get our PC (specifically our iTunes library on our PC) to stream through my iPad. There is a great rumor going around that this is possible. By streaming (the fact that I am using this word should be some indication that I have some technological chops) I mean accessing our iTunes library over our wireless network so that I don’t have to download all the songs onto my iPad.

First stop, Google. It is indeed true that if you cannot find an answer on Google, it simply isn’t known. The key, of course, is knowing exactly what you want an answer to; but more importantly, exactly how to ask. For instance, if you type “How to synch my iPad with iTunes” you will be directed to, and spend forty-five minutes reconfiguring every song, app and map on your PC and iPad that will result in you being not one step closer to listening to Kim Carnes on your iPad. (During this process, I went up and down my stairs 312 times; upstairs to my PC, downstairs to my laptop, upstairs to plug the iPad in.)

Now, I was on a fucking quest. I refined my Google query to “Please, I just want to listen to the songs on my PC on my iPad. Is this possible or do I need to smash something? Because it is getting so bad my wife just asked if everything was okay.” I ignored the Apple Forums search results, and scrolled down to “Don’s Ipad Help For Complete Idiots.” Don claimed that I needed to enable “Home Sharing” on both iTunes and my “device.” Don said this was easy. I wanted to know why you had to turn on “sharing.” Why wouldn’t you want to share? So, back upstairs to my PC (don’t ask why I wasn’t Google-ing this from the PC, okay? It’s a long story that makes good sense.)

I enabled “Home Sharing” on iTunes by simply entering my Apple ID. Pretty soon I am not going to be able to flush the toilet without entering my Apple ID. I entered my Apple ID in iTunes on my iPad under “Home Sharing” and…NOTHING!

Back to Google. “Home Sharing is enabled on both devices, but for the love of God I cannot access my music library and I am close to losing my mind. Am I too stupid to make this work? Tell me now.” Don has one last step; iTunes has to be open on the PC. Hey, what’s one more trip upstairs? ITunes is open, iPad is on, go to “Music”, “Other”, “Owners Music,” “Which Owner?”, “The Owner Who Spent Ninety Minutes Doing Something It Should Have Taken Five Minutes To Do?”, “ The Owner Who Has ‘Bette Davis Eyes’ In His Library?” Yes, yes, yes!

Ah, the vocal styling’s of Kim Carnes; “Her hair is hollow gold.”

1 comment:

FreshGreen Kim said...

I knew there was a reason I refuse to own anything Apple. Pretty much because I already know that Apple does not play well with others. I am laden with others.