6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 28, 2005 4:37 PM by robh11
Amy Barron Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
Basically I want to 'unconsolidate' my music files. I have transferred music from my old Pc to a new one, since downloaded more music and burnt more cds to my computer and now my files are in a mess and i have duplicate copies all over the place. I'm not sure what is in itunes and what isnt now. I have previously consolidated my library using itunes but i hate the way it puts everything into little folders and its making finding the duplicates and sorting it out even more difficult.

Does anyone know of a program or something that will put all of my music files in one big folder so i can sort them out again? That's ONE big folder, not hundreds of little ones that results from the itunes 'consolidate' function. I want to make sure my ID3 tags are correct before hitting that again!

cheers
  • 1. RE: music files in a mess
    Tim Evans Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)
    ITunes has a "Show Duplicates" it is under the edit menu.
    You could then do right-click on a track--> show song file.
    and from there you could do a del to remove it to the recycle bin, or shift+del to just remove it. Tedious to be sure.

    If you are absolutely sure you want to flatten all your songs to a single folder then you would need a command like a unix find...I will look into that.

    You don't have to consolidate. I never have, since I know
    where I want things and don't trust iTunes to structure things the way I prefer. (I don't let other music players do that too)
  • 2. RE: music files in a mess
    refractor Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I too am pretty fanatic about having clean files and folder structures for my music. I have a library of over 24,000 files, and organization is key. iTunes has limited functionality in this regards, so I use another program for file organization. Its called MediaJukebox 8.0(http://www.mediajukebox.com) and is fantastic for sorting/moving/organizing files. Its a must own for any large library.

    MJ has a function called "Rename Files From Properties" that will take the information from the ID3 tag and use that to rename the file pretty much however you like. I personally use ARTIST - ALBUM - TRACK# - NAME, with all files from an artist in a single directory. Or, if you want, you can have MJ put all the files in a single directory.

    In addition, there is a plugin called MJDubFinder that provides a very sophisticated way to find and delete duplicate files. (Beware, its good, but its also complicated). It is much, much more capable then the lame Find Duplicates command in iTunes.
  • 3. RE: music files in a mess
    Tim Evans Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)
    Re: MediaJukebox 8.0 - I have a paltry 21,822 tracks. And MJ has gone zombie on me. Also I do not like apps that won't let you specify dirs - it is a silly waste of time for it to "scan" your drives for files. Itunes loads my library in 45 minutes. Winamp loads my library in 7 minutes. MJ - it's been 5 hours and I still don't see anything.
  • 4. RE: music files in a mess
    Tim Evans Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)
    Okay here is how you move all music files into one big dir.

    This is a DOS utility called sweep.
    It moves recursively through a directory
    and executes a command in each dir.
    http://www.filegate.net/bfds/sweep162.zip

    Unzip the sweep162.zip into C:\WINDOWS

    to get to DOS - Click Start->Run, and type CMD and hit the enter key. If all works you will see a box open up:
    and you should see:
    C:\>
    cd is the change directory utility

    type cd "%USERPROFILE%\My Documents\My Music"
    note: yes you want to type the " marks, and yes UPPER case matters.

    now type mkdir allsongs and enter.
    type cd iTunes
    type sweep move *.m?? "%USERPROFILE%\My Documents\My Music\allsongs" and enter

    it will run through all the subdirs of iTunes and move
    all files that end in .m?? - the ? marks are single character wild cards, the * matches all characters. so it will match .mp3 and .m4a and .m4p when it is finished type exit and enter

    Now all your songs are in "My Music\allsongs"

    Hope that helps!
  • 5. RE: music files in a mess
    Tim Evans Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)
    Note hit the enter key after:
    type cd "%USERPROFILE%\My Documents\My Music"
  • 6. Re: RE: music files in a mess
    robh11 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Refractor,
    I tried to use mediajukebox to clean up the mess that itunes has created in my music files, but couldn't find what I needed. I want to sort and rename existing files on my computer so that they are in folders by genre/artist/album. If MediaJukebox will do this, please give more detail on exactly where this is. thanks for your help! Rob