5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 1, 2010 5:14 PM by turingtest2
Pierre Guirguis Level 1 (0 points)
I selected the File>Add file/Add folder in my iTunes so i can add music. It didn't add my music at all (and they were MP3 format). In other words, I added a whole folder but there was an entire album missing.

Please Help

Windows XP
  • projectmgr Level 1 (45 points)
    Go to folder and highlight any or all mp3's. Drag and drop directly into iTunes or it's icon in the dock.
  • turingtest2 Level 9 (64,600 points)
    Hi, welcome to Apple Discusssions.

    Sometime the tag data in the tracks may cause the album you've imported to appear in an unexpected place in the library, indeed it may fail to import because it has already been imported and you don't realise. Alternatively the files may have corrupt tags and iTunes may fail to import.

    Try Mp3Val to check the files consistency.

    To scan your whole iTunes Media folder for missing items use iTunes Folder Watch. Any files it still wants to add on a second pass are corrupt as far as iTunes is concerned and won't be imported.

  • wildgurularry Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the same problem. I have a folder with 6000+ MP3 files in it, and only a few dozen of them get added when I select add folder to library. If I use add file to library and add the files one at a time, it works. If I use add file to library and select multiple files, it does not work.

    I used mp3val to validate my files, and they are all fine. I downloaded iTunes Folder Watch and it claims that all of my files are in my library, but I can't see them there. I checked under podcasts in case they were put there by mistake, but they are not there.

    Please, if you have any other suggestions, it would be much appreciated. I'm using iTunes 9 for Windows XP.
  • wildgurularry Level 1 (0 points)
    For the record, in case anyone is having a similar problem, I managed to work around it (although it took some effort). I downloaded AutoHotKey and wrote a simple script to add the files to the library one at a time. The script basically looked like this:

    loopvar = 0
    Loop 7185
    Send, {ALTDOWN}f{ALTUP}a
    WinWait, Add To Library,
    IfWinNotActive, Add To Library, , WinActivate, Add To Library,
    WinWaitActive, Add To Library,
    Loop %LoopVar%
    Send, {DOWN}
    Send, {ENTER}
    loopvar := loopvar + 1

    It loops through all 7185 files in the directory and adds them one by one. Unfortunately it gets slower as time goes on and requires much babysitting. It took me about five days to get everything added properly, but if I was paying more attention and modifying the script every few hours or so I could have probably done it in two days or less.

    What a pain!
  • turingtest2 Level 9 (64,600 points)
    Perhaps you hadn't configured iTunes Folder Watch properly? It should just need pointing at the correct XML file and your media folders. Takes about 10 mins to scan around 50,000 entries and compare with the file system.