Windows 7, 64-bit. iTUNES 12.3.31, latest as of November 23, 2015. JAWS 16 (though I could upgrade to 17 if it actually improved things.) I also have and know how to use the latest version of NVDA 2015-4.
Four years I've had the iPOD and two years I've had the iPHONE. And iTUNES continues to be a giant struggle to use.
I have two questions for this forum.
1: Is there a way to simply ditch iTUNES forever and use something more accessible? Though I can use DropBox, Google Drive and various wi-fi transfer programs to get files on to the device, the files mostly belong to that app. I'd love to just be able to put books and music on my iDEVICE as easily as I transfer files to a thumb drive. I'd like to know that if my iDEVICE crashes, I have an easy way to restore a backup. I avoided using iTUNES for an entire year, then the phone crashed, and got stuck in the mode where the screen prompts you to connect to iTUNES to restore. I really wish AppleVis would produce a guide on ditching iTUNES forever and replacing its functions with something easier.
2: If I am stuck with iTUNES, then what happened with the tree view of sources, that shows your devices? I've read every tutorial and forum post on this site about using iTUNES and they frequently suggest finding your device in the tree view. Sometimes a tutorial will suggest selecting the "devices" button. My iTUNES doesn't have a "devices" button. It has a view menu, where I can choose music, movies, podcasts, internet radio, etc, but I can't view my connected device there.
This tree view of sources appears to have disappeared from the interface. I know about Tab and F6. I can press tab forever and simply rotate through the content in my ITUNES library.
Under File-Devices, I can choose to transfer purchases, sync my device, back up or restore. But I can't actually find the summary screen for my device, nor locate lists of its apps to perform iTUNES sharing, nor its list of music to remove unwanted songs.
Often, it seems that what I read in a tutorial doesn't match what's happening in my iTUNES, which I do keep updated. For one example, the spacebar is used to play or pause the currently focused song. So how can you use it to check or uncheck the current song for syncing? I can easily find everything from podcasts to playlists in the library, but where the real trouble begins is when I try to move or remove some of this content from a device.
Under help, iTUNES does have an impressive array of keyboard shortcuts. But nowhere in this list are there shortcuts for working with your device. iTUNES may be accessible for purchasing and managing media, but mostly I want to use it to manage content on my devices, and for that, no shortcuts appear to exist.
There are many great tutorials out there on using iTUNES -- for example, Freedom Scientific has some webinar archives, and this site has podcasts. But they often focus on working with iTUNES itself; purchasing and searching for content. What I need more guidance on is how to select and de-select content for syncing, navigating the content on my device to manage it effectively, using sharing to add a file to a particular app and coping with my device when iTUNES is required to restore it.
I guess what I'm saying is that most of the tutorial info is iTUNES-centric, and I want something that is iDEVICE-centric!
So AppleVis editors, please do a thorough guide or podcast not on using iTUNES, but on managing your device in iTUNES. And I'd really like one on doing all this with Windows.