I have a PC running windows 7. I keep all my music in one folder on a NAS device. I am getting more and more fed up with Windows Media Player (WMP) and I would like to move to iTunes. This move, however, appears to be as painful as using WMP. Please help if you can. I have used iTunes before so I have an existing music and video library and I also have a number of playlists both with music and videos. I cannot afford to start from sratch, i.e., to remove and readd everything; it would be too costly. I have two major problems with iTunes:
1. When I try to add files that already exist in the iTunes library iTunes happily adds these file and creates duplicates. I cannot find a knob that would prevent iTunes from creating these duplicates and simply ignore any found files if they are already present in the library. All such duplicates point to the same file on disk. I am really scratching my head over this as I would think that this would be a very basic thing to do/allow, yet it does not seem to be possible. Is it me missing something simple here or is it Apple telling me that this is how it must be...???
All I want to do is to add the top folder that contains all my music without having to deal with thousands of duplicates. I cannot add the files one-by-one because there are too many of new files there and if I remove all the files and re-add them all my lists will likely become empty (tried it on one list and, as expected, the list got emptied once I removed the files that were in the list). Hmm, is this asking for too much? Please help.
2. I do not seem to see a way to tell iTunes to monitor for new media files. WMP allows you to specify folders to monitor. You add a file to the folder and the file gets added to the library. What is wrong or bad with this concept (other that it would not work if duplicates were handled)? Why does iTunes not seem to support that?