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Lena Liberman Level 1 (15 points)

When I go to edit a batch of files in iTunes (say all of my Podcasts or music to make them all the same volume), I get this message "Your selection contains more than one kind of media. All items must be the same kind in order to view or edit them together." All of omy music is the same kind (MPEG) and shows as such when I view Kind in the sort-by. I want to edit my entire library but since 11.1, I can't because apparently my files are not the same kind even when they show as being such. What is happening here?


And while I'm at it, I miss being able to delete Podcasts and not just see them in the subscription list hovering in the cloud. I want them gone so as not to clutter everything.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5), Upped RAM to 8 from 4
  • dky1978 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had this same problem, then when I scrolled through my music collection, I noted that my voice memos had been included in my music collection. I deleted the voice memos, then selected all songs for a bulk edit and had no issues. Might be worth double-checking your music list to see whether this has happened for you also?

  • Lena Liberman Level 1 (15 points)

    Great suggestion but unfortunately not the culprit in this case. Many thanks though. I have a strange feeling that it's something bizarre like some extensions being .MP3 and others being .mp3. Worrisome.

  • Lost in Asia Level 3 (560 points)

    Same problem. In my case, I'm getting it in a smart playlist that's DEFINED as Media Kind = Podcast. (And which I'd like to define as Audiobook, but perhaps that's not even an option anymore!)


    As an added bonus, when I Get Info for one podcast, and then click the next button, iTunes hangs and I have to Force Quit it. (Well, maybe it'll resolve itself after 15 minutes, but that's the longest I've waited so far.)


    The fun I had yesterday playing with iOS 7 has quickly become a distant memory as everything involving podcasts - the main thing I even use my iPhone for! - has fallen apart.

  • Lena Liberman Level 1 (15 points)

    Yes, iOS is terrific but iTunes 11 and the toll it has taken on my library is a heavy one. In addition to my Podcasts being wrecked, being unable to bulk edit even when kind is the same, being unable to remove Podcasts in the cloud from the list, iTunes has reverted all of the changes I have made to song tags to what it has in the database. Lovely.

  • Lost in Asia Level 3 (560 points)

    I may have figured this out, on my system at least: everything in my playlist is "Media Kind: Podcast". BUT some of them have that in black, and I can change the Media Kind. Others have that option grayed out, so I cannot change the Media Kind (I think these are podcasts that were initially downloaded on my iOS device rather than the computer, and then copied from the iPhone to iTunes). It's when I include one of the "Grayed out Media Kind" podcast episodes that I can't bulk edit.


    The way I managed to find the file that was causing the trouble: "Get Info" for two items. It works. "OK", "Shift + down arrow", "Cmd + I", repeat until you get the error message, with a selection that's one item larger every time. Of course my playlist was only 30 items long - if you're dealing with a whole library, I wouldn't recommend this approach!

  • Lena Liberman Level 1 (15 points)

    Yes, I've been doing that. Unfortunately the music library is 11,000 items so finding the problem children is difficult.

  • Lost in Asia Level 3 (560 points)

    Hmm. This is really weird - the greyed-out issue describes and perhaps explains one mismatch, but I've got another pair that makes no sense at all:


    • Both files are "Media Kind: Music", both with black, and easily changeable.
    • Both in iTunes Media/Music folder.
    • Both AAC audio files.
    • Both with file suffixes m4a (and yes, that capitalization).


    Yet I'm unable to bulk edit the two of them. Even if I change both of them, separately, to Audiobooks, they still can't be editted together. The only difference I can see in the Summary file is "Encoded with" (iTunes v6.0.1 versus v6.0.2).


    As a side issue: when you Get Info for one track in iTunes, are you able to use the Previous or Next buttons? My system hangs when I try do that, and eventually I have to Force Quit iTunes.

  • n.marek Level 1 (0 points)

    I have a same problem, hopefully it will get fixed again.

    In some very old version of iTunes (when iPod Video was out) there was no chance to batch edit videos to get them all set for TV Show or something, this is almost the same thing.

    Actually the whole iTunes 11 is not that good anymore under Windows - if I exit the program when minimized, the next time I open it, it starts in a small window...

  • curteskridge Level 1 (0 points)

    This seems to indicatethey need to do subaccounts like Netflix. 

  • Lena Liberman Level 1 (15 points)

    I have a suspicion that any difference at all, no matter how small, is setting off the kind not matching and thus no bulk edit. Something has changed as this is madness after 11.1.

  • groovetown Level 1 (0 points)

    I have just changed all my podcasts from media kind "podcast" to media kind "music" as I want them to be on a playlist on my iPod.


    Now when I try to batch alter them all, it kicks up the same message.


    I have scrolled through every single file and they are in the same folder, and have media kind all the same as "music"


    Really confusing!!

  • Lost in Asia Level 3 (560 points)

    The blog Kirkville has posted information about a new script from Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes: apparently it can address this problem.


    I haven't tried it out yet.

  • Lena Liberman Level 1 (15 points)

    So this is not a Mac/Windows issue, it's just an issue and it's looking like ANY difference at all between tracks (even Encoded With or Tag Version or Part of Compilation) renders the Kind different and thus not eligible for bulk edit. This is a massive problem for anyone with any tracks imported from different sources or at different times as something is bound to be different somewhere. I literally cannot select 10 tracks and edit them in a batch as they don't match even though as far as I can see, they do. Need an iTunes fix and we know it can be done as this used to work plenty well until 11.1.

  • neainc1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It does sound like Apple needs to fix 11.1 in several areas. Podcast sync,Multiple Item Editing and stability. I sure wish they would hurry, I haven't got all day!! LOL. But I will keep digging for a fix.

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