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  • woodshed1 Calculating status...
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    Nov 15, 2013 11:39 AM (in response to Chris CA)

    Chris, thanx but that's not what I was asking.

     

    When I change the import settings from AAC to MP3 in iTunes, duplicate songs are created  in iTunes under the Album tab. Copying the album to a new playlist does not solve anything, duplicate songs still appear under the Album tab, the original AAC version and the converted MP3 version. Doing this convesion to several albums is really cumbersome having to go to each album and then delete the converted songs.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
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    Nov 15, 2013 2:00 PM (in response to woodshed1)

    woodshed1 wrote:

     

    Chris, thanx but that's not what I was asking.

    Really, it is.

    You wrote;

    It's going to be a cumbersome job to delelte all of the MP3 songs in iTunes

    It's not as I previously explained.

     

     

    When I change the import settings from AAC to MP3 in iTunes, duplicate songs are created  in iTunes under the Album tab. Copying the album to a new playlist does not solve anything,

    except it solves the "cumbersome" issue of deleting all the MP3 songs in iTunes. Delete from the library and it will not be in Albums or anywhere else.

    You copy the MP3 files to a new playlist so they are easy to locate, easy to copy to the flash drive and easy to delete all at once.

    Once they are in a playlist, and you Option Delete them it removes them from iTunes completely.

  • woodshed1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 15, 2013 3:12 PM (in response to Chris CA)

    Chris -

     

    Well I tried again with no luck.

     

    I copied an album to Playlist; the songs in the Playlist are all AAC. I click on songs in Playlist and select Create MP3 Version. None of the songs in Playlist are MP3, they're still AAC. When I go back to Albums, I have the original songs in AAC as well as duplicate songs that are MP3. I then have to select everyother song in Albums that are MP3 and drag them to the stick, then go back into Albums and delete all of the MP3 converted songs and keep the AAC songs - very cumbersome. Tell me what I'm doing wrong, thanx.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
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    Nov 15, 2013 5:24 PM (in response to woodshed1)

    woodshed1 wrote:

    I copied an album to Playlist; the songs in the Playlist are all AAC

    You don't need to do this. The playlist should be empty.

    Create a blank playlist.

    Don't put any files into it.

    Find the songs you want to create the MP3 files, right click > Create MP3 version.

    Then put the MP3 files you just created into this playlist.

    After you have done this with all the songs you want, select the MP3 playlist, select all songs and drag them to your USB stick.

    Then again, select the MP3 playlist, select all the files in it, then Option Delete to remove them from iTunes library and the HD.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
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    Nov 15, 2013 5:49 PM (in response to Chris CA)

    Or create a smart playlist like this...

     

    Screen Shot 2013-11-15 at 6.46.16 PM.png

    Create all the MP3's you want, then select this playlist. It will contain all the MP3 files in your library.

    Select them and drag them to your USB stick on the desktop.

     

    Be aware that this contains ALL the MP3 music files in your library so only select the files you actually want to delete.

     

    Then Option Delete to remove them from iTunes and from the HD.

  • woodshed1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 16, 2013 9:18 AM (in response to Chris CA)

    Chris CA wrote:

     

    woodshed1 wrote:

    I copied an album to Playlist; the songs in the Playlist are all AAC

    You don't need to do this. The playlist should be empty.

    Create a blank playlist.

    Don't put any files into it.

    Find the songs you want to create the MP3 files, right click > Create MP3 version.

    Then put the MP3 files you just created into this playlist.

    After you have done this with all the songs you want, select the MP3 playlist, select all songs and drag them to your USB stick.

    Then again, select the MP3 playlist, select all the files in it, then Option Delete to remove them from iTunes library and the HD.

     

    Chris - the method you describe is all duplication. I will have original AAC files in the Music Library as well as MP3 created files in the Music Library and I also have MP3 files in the Playlist. Deleting the MP3 files in the Playlist does not delete the MP3 files in the Music Library; after I move the MP3 files to the stick, I then have to go back to Music Library and delete every other MP3 file in the Music Library - quite tedious. I want to keep the original AAC version of the files in Music Library.

  • woodshed1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 16, 2013 9:30 AM (in response to Chris CA)

    Chris CA wrote:

     

    Or create a smart playlist like this...

     

    Screen Shot 2013-11-15 at 6.46.16 PM.png

    Create all the MP3's you want, then select this playlist. It will contain all the MP3 files in your library.

    Select them and drag them to your USB stick on the desktop.

     

    Be aware that this contains ALL the MP3 music files in your library so only select the files you actually want to delete.

     

    Then Option Delete to remove them from iTunes and from the HD.

    Chris - same scenario as above. After creating the MP3 files, I still have the original AAC files in Music Library as well as newly created MP3 files in Music Library. I have to manually select everyother MP3 file in Music Library and delete it - quite time consuming.

     

    I want to be able to Create MP3 files, put them somewhere in iTunes as a group or better yet as Albums, move the Albums/Files to the stick, go back to iTunes delete the folder where the MP3 are located and still have the original AAC version in Music Library without the MP3 files.

     

    BTW-where is "Options Delete" located.

     

    The selection to "Delete" individual files in the newly created Smart Playlist is not available; all I can do is delete the entire Smart Playlist which deletes all of the MP3 files from Music Library. Right clicking the song does not have a "Delete" button and selecting the song and going to the Toolbar and Edit shows a grayed out option for Delete.

     

    Also, now that I created the Smart Playlist, how do I delete the MP3 files without deleting them permantly from the HD or Music Library?

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
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    Nov 16, 2013 11:22 AM (in response to woodshed1)

    You are overthinking it or reading more into it than I wrote.

     

    "I want to be able to Create MP3 files, put them somewhere in iTunes as a group or better yet as Albums, move the Albums/Files to the stick, go back to iTunes delete the folder where the MP3 are located and still have the original AAC version in Music Library without the MP3 files."

    Yea, this is what the playlist is for

     

    "BTW-where is "Options Delete" located."

    They are keys on your keyboard. One say "Option" one says "Delete".

    Hold Option and then press Delete.

    This  delete the songs from the playlist (any and all aylists) the library and from the HD

     

    "Also, now that I created the Smart Playlist, how do I delete the MP3 files without deleting them permantly from the HD or Music Library?"

    So now you want to keep the MP3 files?

    You wrote it was a pain to find them and delete them and I am trying to show you a very simple way to do this.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
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    Nov 16, 2013 2:27 PM (in response to woodshed1)

    woodshed1 wrote:

    Chris - same scenario as above. After creating the MP3 files, I still have the original AAC files in Music Library as well as newly created MP3 files in Music Library. I have to manually select everyother MP3 file in Music Library and delete it - quite time consuming.

     

    I want to be able to Create MP3 files, put them somewhere in iTunes as a group

    They are all in the Smart Playlist.

     

     

    I want to be able to Create MP3 files, put them somewhere in iTunes as a group or better yet as Albums, move the Albums/Files to the stick, go back to iTunes delete the folder where the MP3 are located and still have the original AAC version in Music Library without the MP3 files.

    Select everything in this smart playlist and drag it to the USB stick. This copies all the MP3 files to the USB stick.

     

    Then delete everything in this playlist by selecting it all & pressing the Option key and holding it then pressing Delete on the keyboard.

  • woodshed1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 16, 2013 3:45 PM (in response to Chris CA)

    Ok, I'll try one more time, starting over:

     

    1. I have several albums in iTunes Music Library; all of the songs are AAC files. I want all of the songs in all albums to be MP3 files. After I right click an album in iTunes Music Library and select Create MP3 Version, I then have duplicate songs in the album, one is the original AAC file (that I want to keep) and one is the newly created MP3 version (that I want to delete after copying to the stick). I then click (control key) on each of the newly created MP3 files and copy the MP3 songs to the stick. After the MP3 songs are copied to the stick, I then have to go back into each of the albums in iTunes Music Library and click (control key) on each of the MP3 songs and delete them; that is the tedious part. I do not want duplicate songs in iTunes Music Library, one AAC and one MP3. Is there a way to Create MP3 Version WITHOUT having duplicate songs in the Music Library?

     

    Copying the songs to a Playlist and then selecting Create MP3 Version does not solve the duplicaton issue; I still get duplicate songs in Music Library, the original AAC (that I want to keep) and one newly created MP3 that I want to delete. Deleting the MP3 songs in the Playlist does not delete the MP3 songs in the Music Library. There is no need to have one AAC song file and one MP3 song file for each song for each album in iTunes Music Library.

     

    2. I am not using a MAC; I'm using a PC. The PC keyboard does not have an Option key, only a Delete key.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
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    Nov 16, 2013 4:11 PM (in response to woodshed1)

    woodshed1 wrote:

     

    Ok, I'll try one more time, starting over:

    No need. I understand completely. It is very, very, simple to do what you want, WIndows or Mac.

     

    2. I am not using a MAC; I'm using a PC. The PC keyboard does not have an Option key, only a Delete key.

    This is the iTunes for Mac forum,. You should have mentioned this when you first posted.

    For PCs, use Shift Delete to delete songs from a playlist and the library.

    Deleting the MP3 songs in the Playlist does not delete the MP3 songs in the Music Library

    But using Shift Delete to delete songs does delete them from a playlist and from the library.

    Copying the songs to a Playlist and then selecting Create MP3 Version does not solve the duplicaton issue;

    I never suggested you copy any AAC songs to any playlist.

     

    If you create the Smart playlist as I suggested, you do not need to view by album or song or anything else. Simply use the playlist.

     

    Let me start over.

    You want to create MP3 versions of AAC songs you have.

    You want to copy them to a USB stick.

    You want to then delete all these MP3 songs completely from iTunes and from HD.

     

    1 - Go to iTunes prefs > Advanced, Click Reset all Dialog warnings:

    2 - Create a new smart playlist as shown below.

    Screen Shot 2013-11-15 at 6.46.16 PM.png

    3 - Ignore this playlist for now.

    4 - Go through iTunes and create MP3 versions of songs you want on a USB stick.

    5 - After you are finished creating MP3 versions of songs you want on the USB stick, select the playlist above.

    6 - Select all the songs, (ctrl A) and drag them to the USB stick on the desktop of your computer. Let it finish copying them

    7 - Again select all the songs in this playlist.

    8 - Press Shift & Delete (PC) or Option & Delete (Mac) on your keyboard. This will remove all the songs from your library, playlists & iTunes.

    9 - It will then ask if you want to remove these files from the HD. Click Yes.

    10 - No MP3 songs in iTunes or on your HD

  • woodshed1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 17, 2013 12:51 PM (in response to Chris CA)

    Chris -

     

    SUCCESS! Thanx for being patient; Steps 1-10 above worked first time, everytime I just finished converting 200 AAC files to MP3 files, they are on the stick, and now downloaded from the stick to Jukebox in my car! Sweet! The missing link for me was not telling you I was using a PC and not knowing the Shift & Delete shortcut. The only change I made to your solution was I selected "Keep File" instead of "Move To Recycle Bin".

     

    Thanx Again!!!

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
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    Nov 17, 2013 7:01 PM (in response to woodshed1)

    woodshed1 wrote:

     

    Chris -

     

    SUCCESS!

    Glad you got it sorted!

     

     

    The only change I made to your solution was I selected "Keep File" instead of "Move To Recycle Bin".

    So you want to keep the MP3 files on your hard drive but not iTunes?

  • woodshed1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 18, 2013 2:05 AM (in response to Chris CA)

    Chris CA wrote:

     

    So you want to keep the MP3 files on your hard drive but not iTunes?

     

    Yep.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
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    Nov 18, 2013 9:14 AM (in response to woodshed1)

    Okay.

    Just be aware that your iTunes music folder will continue to grow whenever you do this and the iTunes Music folder size (as shown in the iTunes in the bottom status bar) will not match what is really there.

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