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jonwilliamcarr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Just upgraded to iTunes 11, and it seems the ability to change the media kind is broken. Specifically, I want to change some Music files into Podcast files. Normally, I would do this by going Get Info > Options > Media Kind = Podcast.

 

Anybody else having the same problem?


MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • 1. Re: Cannot change media kind in iTunes 11
    mac o'mac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Same problem.

  • 2. Re: Cannot change media kind in iTunes 11
    jfstockton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Same thing here. I can change a file from a podcast to music, but not music to podcast. Seems like a bug...

  • 3. Re: Cannot change media kind in iTunes 11
    the borad Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Similar/same (?) issue was already in iTunes 10 — solution was to temporarily turn off iTunes Match so you can make the change.

  • 4. Re: Cannot change media kind in iTunes 11
    dprisoner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've never had iTunes Match on, and never had this problem before iTunes 11. It's frustrating...

  • 5. Re: Cannot change media kind in iTunes 11
    veritable Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Same problem here, I think it's simply a universal bug... which peeves me a lot, because I can change a movie into a TV show, but I need to downsample my podcasts to sync them to an older ipod nano (space issues) and now I can't....

    At least this is clearly a bug and not a purposeful design decision like Maps

  • 6. Re: Cannot change media kind in iTunes 11
    the borad Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    FWIW, I *can* convert it into an audiobook using the method described, as I often did in previous versions.

     

    To me, this is a more logical conversion: podcasts are dynamic, books/audiobooks are not. But if you can indeed change a movie into a TV show (almost the same semantic action) then this apparent omission does seem odd.

  • 7. Re: Cannot change media kind in iTunes 11
    jonwilliamcarr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your responces.

     

    Like others I can confirm that this problem only seems to affect converting from Music file to Podcast file.

     

    I had heard that turning iTunes Match off might help, however, it was already off for me, and I didn't have this problem in iTunes 10.

     

    While I can convert them to Audiobook files, this is not really ideal. The files in question were Podcasts in the first place, but they're no longer available on iTunes. I would like them treated as Podcasts on my iPhone so that it'll remember where I left off, and allow me to mark them as played. Neither of these things seems to work if I convert them to Audiobooks.

     

    I have found that if you convert a Podcast file (downloaded from iTunes) into a Music file, it will allow you to convert it back to a Podcast file. Thus, it seems that the files downloaded from iTunes must be tagged in some way (perhaps with the RSS info or similar) to mark them as Podcasts. Perhaps we can figure out a way to trick iTunes into accepting our files as podcasts?

  • 8. Re: Cannot change media kind in iTunes 11
    jonwilliamcarr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    For anyone looking for a solution to this, I have been able to get iTunes to treat .mp3s as Podcasts by changing the ID3 metadata in the mp3 files.

     

    I used ID3 Editior to set the Podcast tag, and add an identifier and feed location to the mp3 files. When importing the files into iTunes they are immediately categorized as podcasts. Kinda annoying, but hopefully this solution should work for you for the time being.

  • 9. Re: Cannot change media kind in iTunes 11
    skirsman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    same problem here .... I can't change movies to Podcast or any other more than home video...

    I use the podcast make groups....

  • 10. Re: Cannot change media kind in iTunes 11
    skirsman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    id3 editor is a trial and need to compiled not even close to a solution

  • 11. Re: Cannot change media kind in iTunes 11
    7smcb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is very maddening. I'm having the same problem. Can't convert songs to podcasts. I'm also not having any luck with the ID3 editor - how does one add identifiers or feed locations? What does that even mean?

     

    Thanks very much. Waiting for the update...

  • 12. Re: Cannot change media kind in iTunes 11
    jonwilliamcarr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry – I didn't mean to suggest that my solution was a good solution, just that it might be a temporary fix for some of you until Apple fixes the bug (if indeed they consider it a bug).

     

    skirsman: I'm not sure why you say ID3 Editor needs to be compiled. Go to http://www.pa-software.com/downloads.php and look for the download options under ID3 Editor. However, you're right about it being trial software. For me this wasn't a problem, because I'm not looking for a long-term solution, and I was able to change the metadata for 140 MP3s. If you're interested in this approach, it'd be worth searching for other apps that do this – ID3 Editor was simply the first thing I found, and its trial period was sufficient for my needs. I believe it's also possible to write AppleScripts or Python code (or whatever) to do this automatically, and I might attempt something like that if this problem sticks around.

     

    7smcb: Sorry I didn't give more detailed instructions. Here are instructions for the Mac version (Windows version is probably similar):

     

    1. Run ID3 Editor.
    2. It will ask you to open a file. Choose the MP3 you want to modify.
    3. Go to the Podcast tab (see screenshot).
    4. Enable the "podcast tag" by checking the box (see screenshot).
    5. Give an identifier, feed location (optional), and description (optional). See info further below.
    6. Click Update.
    7. Import the file into iTunes.

     

    id3_editor.png

     

    As far as I can tell, you don't need to give both an identifier and a feed (just one is sufficient), but I gave both. I also added a description as well, but this seems to be optional. If you leave all the fields blank iTunes will not accept the file as a podcast.

     

    If you want to do this with a whole bunch of files at once, go to File > Open Group in ID3 Editor, which allows you to modify the metadata for many files at once.

     

    As far as I know, the identifier should be set to something unique for each file, so that iTunes can treat it as a separate episode or whatever. I didn't experiment with giving loads of files the same identifier – not sure what iTunes will do in this case.

     

    The location should point to the RSS feed where new episodes can be downloaded. For many of you, you won't need to bother setting this.

     

    Hope this helps.

  • 13. Re: Cannot change media kind in iTunes 11
    Stuart Hancock Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Jon,  This worked.  I had downloaded ID3 Editor and was baffled as to why the files wouldn't convert to podcasts.  When I added an identifier tag to the podcasts pane, it did the trick, and now when I move the files into iTunes, they automatically are classified as podcasts.

  • 14. Re: Cannot change media kind in iTunes 11
    pomme4moi Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    It was stated in this thread that this problem only seems to affect Podcasts and Audiobook.  I am not sure that that is the case.  I upgraded to iTunes 11 as well, and I've noticed that the Media Kind field is grayed out on all TV shows, movies and music that I had previously purchased from the iTunes Store.  I sometimes change the Media Kind from Movie to TV show, or vice versa, so I know that the field was not grayed out prior to iTunes 11.  I hope this is a bug and not a new feature! 

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