7 Replies Latest reply: Mar 9, 2011 3:20 PM by tyPod18
Tylerlerler Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
Hi all. I remember being able to copy (cmnd+c) a song within my library, and then paste (cmnd-v) to create an immediate copy in the same library. My intent being to create a compilation from existing songs in my library, like for a movie soundtrack.

For example, if I already have 7 of 10 songs of a soundtrack, I could simply copy, paste, and rename the songs I already own, and simply purchase the remaining 3 songs. So yes, there would be duplicate songs in my library, but under separate artists/albums/composers/years/etc.

Did iTunes do away with this functionality, yet keep the edit>copy/paste menu options in place for text only?

Thanks for the help!

Macbook Pro, 17", July/2007, 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 1 TB Internal Storage, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iPhone 3Gs, 32 GB
  • Beavis2084 Level 4 Level 4 (2,850 points)
    Okay, that is weird... i can't copy/paste either. I figured it was something goofy on your box, but mine acts the same way.

    Found out... "iTunes is clever enough to notice if an exact copy of a song file (ID3 tags and all) already exists in its Library, and in that case, will omit re-importing the file."

    Hence the lack of duplicating. Odd how that functionality used to exist.

    This page presents a work around.
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (41,460 points)
    I still use iTunes 7.5 and I cannot copy and paste a track in the library window. I don't think this has ever been possible. iTunes can't use the same file in two different albums. You have to make a complete copy of the file, not just its entry in iTunes. I think you'll have to do this in Finder, unless there is something that does this in [Dougscripts|http://dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/scriptcount.php?sortBy=Name& op=y].
  • Kirk McElhearn Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
    I don't recall this ever being possible. You can, however, copy files from the Finder then paste them into a playlist or your library, as a way to add files to your iTunes library.
  • tyPod18 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Same user as Tylerlerler, difficulties with my AppleID. Sorry.

    I appreciate the workaround link. I'm glad someone else knows the functionality was once there. I know it was because I can identify the duplicates in my library (yet I cannot prove that they are indeed copy/paste duplicates).

    If I didn't have the trouble with my AppleID I would mark your reply as "Helpful," if that is any consolation.
  • tyPod18 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Hi, I'm the same person that posted under Tylerlerler, but I'm having trouble with my AppleID/login stuff, sorry.

    I don't think I utilized this functionality as far back as 7.5, but I definitely know it existed at some point. I've tried making a copy of the music file in Finder, but when I add the copy to iTunes, it simply plays the original file. Regardless of changing the name of the file, it's locations, etc., it doesn't help my situation.

    I just don't know what to do.
  • Ian Parkinson Level 6 Level 6 (10,440 points)
    Why not use a playlist?
  • tyPod18 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    A playlist would I guess accomplish the goal of listening to a certain set of tracks in a certain order, but is only a rudimentary work around to what I want to do. I want to have an album that contains some songs that I already have in my library. I want that album to have its own album art, it's own ID3 tags, etc.