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iTunes ***** to work with now.

341 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Jan 18, 2013 2:01 PM by turingtest2 RSS
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Jan 18, 2013 12:45 PM

I can't make my own folders. I can't just copy music from my library.  I can't just click on a few songs and hit delete.  Working with this version of iTunes is the absolute WORST of any music manager I have ever used.  My next phone will definitely NOT be an iPhone after this craptastic piece of software. I'll go back to a Samsung I guess.  At least it was easy to manage what was on the phone and wasn't with that one. Now I'm stuck with this junk till my contract runs out.  Talk about non intuitive in the extreme.

iPhone 3GS (8GB), iOS 6.0.2
  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,975 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 12:47 PM (in response to DXMage)

    View>Show Sidebar.


    It's not rocket science.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,975 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 12:56 PM (in response to DXMage)

    And why can't you do that once the sidebar is displayed?

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,975 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 1:03 PM (in response to DXMage)

    Then import the music that's not in your iTunes library into iTunes.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,975 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 1:09 PM (in response to DXMage)

    Well, it is the way it is. If tracks are not sorting properly, then you probably got the media from a source other than iTunes or ripping them from CD's. Am I right?  The problem is in the metadata for the files. You should be able to edit them to fix it. It's a PITA, but the fault ultimately likes with the way the files were created to begin with.

  • electronicsguy Level 2 Level 2 (190 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 1:36 PM (in response to DXMage)

    Drag+drop works perfectly in the new version of itunes. I use it all the time. you have to set your ipod/iphone to 'manually manage' music mode. The library does not need to be imported into itunes at all. Just drag n drop into the iphone/music section by displaying the sidebar. Essentially, I use itunes as a windows file explorer for the iphone/ipod.


    use mp3tag to very easily sort and re-tag all your music. Its very easy to create your own scripts in it to remove unnecessary tag fields, format existing fields, etc. try using it and you won't go back to any other tagging software!

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,940 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 1:37 PM (in response to DXMage)

    You can restore much of the look & feel of the previous version with these shortcuts:

    • Ctrl-B to turn on the menu bar.
    • Ctrl-S to turn on the sidebar.
    • Ctrl-/ to turn on the status bar.
    • Click the magnifying glass top right and untick Search Entire Library to restore the previous search behaviour.


    If that doesn't help you could roll back to iTunes 10.7. First download a copy of the 32 bit installer or 64 bit installer as appropriate, uninstall iTunes and supporting software, i.e. Apple Application Support & Apple Mobile Device Support. Reboot. Restore the pre-upgrade version of your library database as per the diagram below, then install iTunes 10.7.




    See iTunes Folder Watch for a tool to scan the media folder and catch up with any changes made since the backup file was created.




    For tips on getting albums properly organized see Grouping tracks into albums.



  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,940 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 2:01 PM (in response to DXMage)

    Hmm, there is software such as TuneUp that claims to be able to do so, but I wouldn't trust it with my library. I've never had the urge to test it out so I don't know how effective it is. Took me an evening to clean up a 9Gb library I rescued from a colleague's old 4th gen. iPod the other day. Different views are best for fixing different issues. For example switch to songs view & the column browser and you can quickly step through every album title fixing any that don't seem to have consistent values for Album Artist. Once done it is easy to fix any that still split in the album grid view. Similarly scrolling through one Artist at a time will reveal any inconsistencies in spelling that should be ironed out.




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