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Tricia Harvey

I, too, found Thompson Twins on my iPod. oh wait what is the Best of the Thompson Twins doing in my Purchased Music folder. Ok I admit it I'm a fan of 80's pop.

Cowboy X

Don't "factory" iPods ship with a small collection of music, including a couple tracks from Wilco's Summer Teeth? That's a damned gift to humanity, I tell ya.

Chris Krewson

I know ITunes ships with a library. The IPod may as well... or maybe you got a package deal, buy one 80s song, get one free.

Ben

Perhaps you downloaded some music from "somewhere" that has an incorrect filename. The tags and song are what you've found on the iPod, which doesn't use filenames.

askpang

I've not had this specific problem, but after having my iPod for a few weeks, I find that the process of MP3-ing my entire music collection has reintroduced me to a lot of stuff from the 1980s that I haven't touched in years. (As I write Asia's "Alpha" is playing on my iPod-- and it takes great courage to admit that!)

It's just one of those unanticipated consequences of using a new technology, though there are others.

peel

I don't own an iPod but if you want to send me yours, or perhaps buy me a new one, I'll see if I can get to the bottom of this whole ordeal. My guess is that it was either part of the original shipping library or perhaps was a free download as a result of your buying 80's files online. Kind of like how Amazon suggests stuff based on what you buy/look at, maybe the iTunes store gives you free music based on what you buy. Either way I'm still going to suggest that I get a free iPod to do more research. -peel

Charles

I know my iPod had some tunes on it - something by Alanis Morissette and some other stuff. I know I didn't download those.

Lasse

There is another explanation: Maybe your iPod wasn't quite new when you bought it. It may be purchased by another owner and then returned shortly after. And the store just forgot to clear the harddrive. That happened to some mobile phone-buyers here in Denmark. They bought appearantly new phones, but discovered that there already were phone numbers of other people stored on the phone.

Kevin Marks

At a guess, you have some kind of 'greatest hits' CD you have forgotten about which had them on, and though the CD is filed under 'various artists' on the HD, the mp3 tags which iPod uses have the real artists in. Search for 'duran' in iTunes, not the finder.

chas.

'girls on film'! sick! your ipod probably has better taste in music than you do :-)

Richard

finding a couple of 80's tracks on your ipod isn't so bad, the new iTunes has FORCED me to download 80's songs which I thought I had locked away with my childhood. Oliver Newton John and 10cc are now racking up the royalties. Ahh, the wonders of instant access to media, with Tivo and iTunes I am in really bad shape switching my personality based on suggestion engines.

AD

iTunes when initially set up will give you the option of finding every mp3 file on your system. I had recently purchased a firewire HD from Otherworld Computing and after seeing strange songs in my iTunes library, traced it back to a folder of sample tunes that OWC included on the new HD. iTunes found these before I did.

Frank

Ah... if iTunes initially tries to find each and every MP3 on your system... then what was in the cd-rom drive when you first plugged it in?

Taylor

He said it was on a new hard drive, It came pre-loaded, there was no CD, it wasn't a CD drive.

blah

i know as a fact that the MAC ipod ships with a certan number of preloded songs but the windows ipod dosent

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