Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 11:28 AM (in response to anthrovisual)
I saw that you can set in preferences not to copy files to the iTunes folder. Is this the best way? Is it easy to update if I move the files or is there a better way?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 12:26 PM (in response to anthrovisual)
Simply create a playlist in iTunes and add the content that you want to go onto the device to that playlist, then set up the sync options to sync just that playlist. No need to mess around with moving files, no need to worry about what to import and what to leave out. iTunes can't manage FLAC (or it may do with additional libraries but the iPod certainly can't).
Make sure to uncheck the option Copy to iTunes Media folder when adding to library and, potentially, Keep iTunes Media folder organised. Without knowing your reasons for not wanting to just let iTunes get on with it (actually incompatible media is one) it is hard to give firm advice, but it is worth knowing that, going forward, it is much easier if all your content is placed inside the iTunes Media folder before it is added to iTunes. Having your library in this standard structure (even if you mange the details yourself like I do) makes backing up and migrating the library from one system to another much easier.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 12:31 PM (in response to turingtest2)
Seems easy enough. I'll give it a try and see how it works out. Thanks!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 12:54 PM (in response to anthrovisual)
Some possibly informative links:
Grouping tracks into albums or "Why is all my neatly organised media a mess now that I've imported it into iTunes?"
Making a split library portable - if you build your library this way to start with then you won't run into problems later when your library is bigger and change hurts more.
iTunes & WMP or, to some extent, any other media player.