11144 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 8, 2011 11:54 AM by Stephen Downs
Currently Being ModeratedApr 3, 2011 8:05 AM (in response to Horitexan)this excellent user tip by Steve MacGuire will help.27"iMac11,1/2,8GHz/12GB/i715"MBP3,1/2,4GHz/4GBMini3,1/2.26GHz/2GB, Mac OS X (10.6.7), TC 'sim-d' 500 GBAEBSn2x AX (b/g)ATV 40 GBTouch 2G iOS 4iPad wifi 16 GB
Currently Being ModeratedApr 3, 2011 11:22 AM (in response to Jolly Giant)Actually, while I found some useful information, it's not really helping. So, let me ask a single, specific question:
I have a folder that's titled "Totally Country" that +has in it+ several folders in it titled, "VA-TotallyCountry_Vol.1-2003", "VA-TotallyCountry_Vol.2-2004", etc. (quotation marks not actually part of folder name). In each folder are the mp3 files, album covers etc. The mp3 file names are written like: 01-Brad_Paisley-the world.mp3 This is a bunch of compilation/best of albums that have the top country songs from several years.
OK, so I took the main, "Totally Country," folder and dropped it into my iTunes Music folder.
*The result:* iTunes took all the songs and put each one in a folder with the singer/artist name on it with a folder inside that is titled "Unknown Album" that then contains the single mp3 file that the artist contributed to that year's compilation album. The REALLY WIERD part is that iTunes took the 2003 album and associated the album name to each one of the songs- so, in the case of those mp3s, I can actually do a iTunes search for "Totally Country" and it pulls up ALL the songs (which I edited one at a time and checked 'part of compilation') but the same search doesn't pull up ANY of the other albums from other years!
What the heck? What is causing this and WHAT is the best way to import a compilation album into iTunes so that it doesn't break the whole thing up? Is there a specific file name/folder structure that I need to follow BEFORE I ask iTunes to import that folder, to make for a smoother import?MacBook Pro (2011), Mac OS X (10.6.7)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 3, 2011 11:45 AM (in response to Horitexan)I feel your pain. iTunes organization is pretty simple, really. That said, it's quite rigid. A few things to remember:
1. Your library on disk is organized by artist (folder), then album (sub-folder). Check out your Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Music folder to see what I mean.
2. Compilations are stored inside the Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Music/Compilations folder, grouped by Compilation name, not artist.
3. You cannot change 1 and 2.
The iTunes application manages your iTunes Media folder. It will attempt to sort/organize the music you import based on file metadata. If your song file has no artist or album metadata attached, iTunes will see this as Unknown Artist and Unknown Album. Regardless of how the file is named, if the metadata is missing or wrong, you need to correct it before the file will show up in its proper place.
Don't worry about how files are named or organized when you import them. iTunes organizes for you (assuming you're using a managed library, which most do). And remember, iTunes moves the files around for you as you change metadata so that rules #1 and #2 above are followed (similar rules apply to how iTunes stores Movies, TV shows, Podcasts, etc). Don't mess with your iTunes Media folder! Let iTunes handle it.
So, the more metadata you provide, the more flexible your library becomes. You can choose different views, write "smart playlists" to query your library, etc. But you MUST fix your metadata or your files will never be organized.
If you're overwhelmed, I'd suggest deleting everything and importing/fixing metadata in small batches. You can change metadata for a selected group of files. In other words, select all the songs in an album, Get Info, and change the artist, album name, genre, year, disc number, etc. for all tracks at once. Then fix the song title for each track.
Fixing metadata is quite tedious, but ultimately worth it. Just make sure to backup your iTunes files, especially the iTunes Library file. Time Machine!
Also, for some good iTunes-related Applescripts, check out:
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Currently Being ModeratedApr 8, 2011 11:54 AM (in response to Horitexan)To have all the tracks from a compilation album placed in the same folder you'll need to first mark those tracks as belonging to a compilation before you import them. In iTunes, select the tracks, Get Info, then select Options > Part of a compilation: yes.2 x 3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5), iPod touch 2G, iPad 3G + WiFi