Currently Being ModeratedJul 24, 2013 3:26 PM (in response to wwolfe01)
Upon further investigation it appears that only albums that were bought from the iTunes store are displayed, There is a little cloud in the upper right corner of each album.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 24, 2013 6:08 PM (in response to wwolfe01)
Put everything back the way it was when you started.
iTunes does not actively scan the media folders.
If the media gets moved iTunes has no clue where it is at.
Manage the media in iTunes and do not worry about the folder structure.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 24, 2013 6:13 PM (in response to wwolfe01)
If I uninstall iTunes and then reinstall, won't iTunes look in the iTunes Media/Music for the the music and populate the library?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 24, 2013 6:20 PM (in response to wwolfe01)
Why would you want to do that?
No it will not because uninstalling iTunes does not remove the library file that contains the infomation on where the media is stored.
If you did remove the library file and force iTunes to rescan, you would also lose all the playlists, play counts, and history information.
Why do you care what the actual folders on the computer look like?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 25, 2013 5:58 AM (in response to wwolfe01)
This is what I need to do. Is the the .xml file? You would not believe what a teenager can do. I needed to do this in Windows Explorer because I needed to create music albums and populate them with music files.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 25, 2013 6:06 AM (in response to wwolfe01)
If you really want to do this, delete the iTuneslibrary.itl and iTuneslibrary.xml files.
Organize the media the way you want.
Add the media back to iTunes via File > Add File/Folders to library.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 25, 2013 6:58 AM (in response to wwolfe01)
I did this and iTunes rebuilt the files, but the same albums were shown in the Library. I select Add Folders and when I select a folder and click open, the window closes, but the Album is not added.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 25, 2013 7:03 AM (in response to wwolfe01)
iTunes really doesn't like you moving files around by hand. However as long as there is some semblance of order my script FindTracks should have a reasonable stab at reconnecting things. Turn off Edit > Preferences > Advanced > Keep... if you want to maintain the structural changes you've made so far.
For tips on how to organize the metadata properly in iTunes see Grouping tracks into albums - if you follow the tips there, and iTunes is taking charge of moving the files around, then they will all end up in sensible places.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 26, 2013 11:18 AM (in response to wwolfe01)
Thanks for all the input. I have learned a lot about iTunes. It appears that the source of all my problems is that iTunes deleted all the music files from the folders, leaving the folders intact. You cannot import a folder if there is no music in the folder.
Thanks to all.