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Cannot Import MP3s into iTunes 9

2267 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 29, 2009 9:58 AM by Johnathan Hartel RSS
Eagad Calculating status...
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Sep 13, 2009 2:52 PM
I have a server in my house where I keep all my music. (WHS since Apple doesn't currently offer anything of this nature.) I tried to drag a standard MP3 file from my server over Samba to iTunes 9 and it just fails silently. iTunes doesn't freeze or anything. It just doesn't addd the song. We have two identical MacBooks that are both exhibiting the same problem.

The song doesn't import after...
- restarting iTunes.
- restarting the computer.
- updating to OS 10.6.1.
- dragging it to my local computer, then dragging it to iTunes.
- altering permissions on the file to 777.
- using the File | Add to Library method to import.

The song plays just fine in Quicktime.
The song played fine in iTunes 8 and imported fine in iTunes 8.

Any clue what is going on here or how to get information about the problem out of iTunes?
MacBook5,1, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • ed2345 Level 6 Level 6 (18,435 points)
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    Sep 13, 2009 4:40 PM (in response to Eagad)
    Eagad wrote:
    It must be something to do with some of the files, because I was able to import a different CD from the same server. I am still looking for a way to get a reason out of iTunes as to why it won't import the file.

    You will not get a reason out of iTunes, since it is designed to "error silently" when you try to add a file that it finds incompatible.

    If the MP3s play fine in other players but not in iTunes, then you have met the problem of iTunes being strict/finicky/incompetent (pick your own interpretation) about slight variations in MP3 formats. The problem can usually be corrected by treating the files with a 3rd party tag clean-up program such as MP3 Validator.
    Windows XP, and 30GB iPod
  • ed2345 Level 6 Level 6 (18,435 points)
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    Sep 14, 2009 4:03 PM (in response to Eagad)
    Glad it helped. Enjoy the music!
    Windows XP, and 30GB iPod
  • William Brawley Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
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    Sep 21, 2009 7:10 PM (in response to ed2345)
    Ok, so I am having this problem too. I ran a batch of MP3 files through Validator and everything appeared fine, no errors with the files, etc. iTunes 9 will not import them at all. The songs play fine with QuickTime X just fine. help please?
    black MacBook (Santa Rosa), 2.2Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 160GB HD, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.1), 32GB iPhone 3GS White, 16GB iPod Touch, 2G 1GB iPod Shuffle, 4G 20GB iPod
  • Johnathan Hartel Calculating status...
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    Sep 29, 2009 9:58 AM (in response to William Brawley)
    I am having the exact same issue. I just hooked up my backup HDD (my hard drive crashed in my Macbook) and I went to import my RUSH music and just one album refuses to import. Plays fine in QT X and in the preview section in finder. Just won't got to iTunes. WTH?
    13.3" Aluminum MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.1), 2.4 GHz 4GB RAM 250GB HDD


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