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HT1473 artist name and album name

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Oct 11, 2012 7:55 AM

I have folders named by artist with sub-folders named by album containing WAV files named by track name - these were created by iTunes some time ago. I have now re-installed iTunes and want to add these previously-created folders to my current iTunes library. When I add artist folders with album sub folders, all tracks are added under Unknown Artist. Track names are maintained but artist and album names are not carried into iTunes for naming and organization purposes.  I can manually amend these once copied into iTunes but it's very labour-intensive and I have a hundred or so albums to copy into iTunes. Is there a way to use the already correct folder names and structure?  Fingers crossed - Steve.

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  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,845 points)
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    Oct 11, 2012 8:39 AM (in response to dvdsteve)

    dvdsteve wrote:


    ... Is there a way to use the already correct folder names and structure?




    Turn off the iTunes options under Edit > Preferences > Advanced to Keep iTunes Media folder organized and Copy to iTunes Media folder when adding to library, then import your wav fies. Once they have been imported locate them, e.g by way of the Recently Added playlist, select the tracks and run my script TagFromFilename. iTunes enforces a file & folder name limit of 40 characters so you may still need to make some corrections.


    For the long run I'd suggest you convert these tracks to Apple Lossless. All the quality, half the size and tags that can carry artwork and are preserved if you reimport to a new library.



  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,845 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 11:02 AM (in response to dvdsteve)

    iTunes doesn't automatically import media unless you place it in the Automatically Add to iTunes folder, which you certainly don't want to do at this point, since the results will be the same as those you've seen already. Hopefully you still have the originals in sensible folders somewhere. If you disable the two options (albeit temporarily) then you can import the files again from their current locations. You can then use my script to give iTunes the missing information it can't work out for itself. Once done you can, if you wish, turn both options back on and consolidate your library so that iTunes makes new copies inside the media folder, giving them the correct artist and album folders. If you've already placed new copies inside the iTunes Media folder then use File > Add Folder to Library > <Media Folder>, but only after disabling the Keep... option. You can also discard the Unknown Artist/Unknown Album versions...



  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,845 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 11:20 AM (in response to dvdsteve)

    No worries, once iTunes knows the track details you can either consolidate (the whole library or the selected tracks) and it will make new copies of externally referenced media, or turn the Keep media folder organized... back on if you were working with copies that had already been placed in the media folder to have iTunes make any minor tweaks to the layout that it wants.




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