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HT3847: iTunes: Understanding iTunes Media Organization

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HT3847 iTunes reorganized music back

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mekiss Calculating status...
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Jan 3, 2013 4:15 PM

I followed this process and worked great - nice and organized.  The only problem however is when I play a song from my iTunes library, it moves it back to the original structure: iTunes library > artist > album > song.

 

This only happens with music - no other iTunes content is affected. 

 

HELP?

 

(I'm on iTunes 10.5.3 on osx 10.6.8. )

Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • jbrune78 Calculating status...
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    Jan 5, 2013 10:11 AM (in response to mekiss)

    I have this problem also. It used to organize everything into Music, Books, Movies, etc... all nice and neat. But now it is like the Music folder is throwing up into the root Itunes Media folder.  This is really aggravating. Everytime apple "upgrades" a product I have to go through hoops to get stuff figured out and working in a nice way. Really considering dropping iTunes and Apple.

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    Jan 5, 2013 11:38 AM (in response to mekiss)

    Have you tried going to iTunes Preferences>Advanced Preferences and deselecting the line item with a box that says "Keep iTunes Media Folder Organized" 

     

    My apologies if this is too obvious, however, I wouldn't be surprised if this feature does not work properly either.  It seems iTunes 11 was released way to early, and was not modified by people who actually use their music.

    Mark

  • jbrune78 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 5, 2013 2:18 PM (in response to frogonoboe)

    The problem is that I do want iTunes to keep everything organized. If I rename a song or artist or whatever, I want iTunes to rename the actual file and keep it organized.  It used to do this just fine, and is still renaming them like it is supposed to.  The issue is that it is simply moving them from a "music" folder to the root of the iTunes media folder.  It doesn't do this to other media such as books and movies, only music.  iTunes and Apple in general are fastly losing my confidence.

  • tomasczt Calculating status...
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    Feb 14, 2013 6:35 PM (in response to frogonoboe)

    mekiss wrote:

    I followed this process and worked great - nice and organized.  The only problem however is when I play a song from my iTunes library, it moves it back to the original structure: iTunes library > artist > album > song.

     

    This only happens with music - no other iTunes content is affected.

     

    I've had this exact same issue, and it is infrequent and unpredictable as to when it occurs. I thought it may have been when I synced from my iPod - but today I again went through the steps to re-organize the library, which again went well (as it has every other time), and then synced the iPod, and it remained in the new organization. I've been playing iTunes now for about an hour, including having closed and re-opened it, and all the music remains correctly organized.

     

    However, I've gone through these steps now at least 7 times - and expect that I will have to again - when it somehow ends up moving some of the files to the previous media organization level.

     

    iTunes 11.0.1, Mac OS 10.8.2

     

    frogonoboe wrote:

     

    Have you tried going to iTunes Preferences>Advanced Preferences and deselecting the line item with a box that says "Keep iTunes Media Folder Organized" 

     

     

    I've gone through the steps with this box both selected and unselected. It made no apparent difference. (Logically, I'd expect that keeping it selected would be the right approach... but regardless, this issue occurred with it selected and it occurred with it unselected.)

     

    If it was at all predictable, at least it would offer some direction as to what the issue is... but I haven't been able to determine what it is that causes it to happen. It does however continue to happen, and is increasingly irritating.

  • tomasczt Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 10:25 AM (in response to tomasczt)

    It's now been 3 days, and hasn't recurred while it typically would've previously - so I'm hoping that this is no longer an issue.

     

    1. iTunes 11.0.1, Mac OS 10.8.2
    2. all available updates applied
    3. File>Library>Organize Library - "Consolidate Files" and "Reorganize files in the folder 'iTunes Media'" checked and processed
    4. iTunes Preferences>Advanced Preferences - "Keep iTunes Media Folder Organized" checked

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