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  • 9mario9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I fact, I managed to get to an Apple Senior Adviser two days ago. And she had no idea what I was talking about.... . She just advised that to re-organise iTunes I should "check the option "Keep iTunes Media folder organised". And that's it."

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (54,480 points)

    She may have only ever had contact with iTunes 11, on a Mac.

     

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  • 9mario9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    turingtest2 wrote:

     

    She may have only ever had contact with iTunes 11, on a Mac.

     

    tt2

    I am not so sure she has ever had any contact with the option "Re-organise files in the folder "iTunes Music".

    And by the way, after the re-organisation, this (greyed-out) option says: "Re-organise files in the folder "iTunes Media". So would "iTunes Media" folder need to be "re-organised" again???

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (54,480 points)

    As a rule the rearrange feature is only going to be enabled on a library that was initially created with iTunes 8 or earlier. The actual name of the active media folder as defined in advanced preferences is used in the text so it reads "iTunes Music", "iTunes Media", "Steve's Tunes" or whatever the user has chosen. The option to rearrange is disabled if the integer value in the .iTunes Preferences.plist file (inside the media folder) is 1, enabled if the value is 0. Rearranging changes the value from 0 to 1.

     

    tt2

  • 9mario9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    turingtest2 wrote:

     

    "...as the track moved from one path to the other the empty folders were removed. However if you had Windows Explorer open looking at one of the folders at the time you may have found that iTunes was unable to remove it."

     

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    After selecting the option "Keep..." (and before "re-organise"), iTunes created some new album folders and transferred some audio files to them leaving behind the "old" folders empty. No windows in Windows Explorer were open at that time.

    So it looks like you HAVE TO look through your entire library after selecting the option "Keep iTunes Media folder organised" (even before re-organizing the "iTunes Music" folder) to manually delete the empty directories.

    What a mess to clean up!

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (54,480 points)

    iTunes should clean up any emptied folders - it does for me, and for most people. Like Windows Explorer anything else with a handle on the item being deleted could cause a problem. Anti-virus software is another potential explanation as it may temporarily block the requested action and as I've said before iTunes won't do any housekeeping later. See also Repair security permissions for iTunes for Windows. It isn't entirely clear but it as far as I can tell it seems as if some file activity is undertaken using the user's security account, and some via the SYSTEM account. If your media drive has moved between systems then there is a distinct possibility that the permissions aren't quite as they should be.

     

    One of first scripts I wrote was CleanDeadArt specifically for the housekeeping task of clearing empty folders, or those with nothing but orphaned art. It isn't as polished as my more recent efforts but it should be easier than attempting to clean by hand. If I recall the artwork "promotion" feature is pointless on Windows 7 & 8 since these now do something similar automatically.

     

    tt2

  • 9mario9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    turingtest2 wrote:

     

    iTunes should clean up any emptied folders - it does for me, and for most people.

    Unfortunately it doesn't for me...

    turingtest2 wrote:

     

    Anti-virus software is another potential explanation as it may temporarily block the requested action and as I've said before iTunes won't do any housekeeping later.

    I'm afraid this one isn't relevant as iTunes does delete empty folders when e.g. you change "Media Kind" in "Get Info > Options".

    It then transfers the audio file (along with its directory) to a different media folder, or just transfers the audio file alone and deletes its directory in the original location.

    But when it comes to selecting "Keep iTunes Media folder organised", the old empty directories remain in their original location as well as new ones are created (in the same "Artist" directories).

  • 9mario9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Is there any way to make iTunes show ALL the items that can't find their original root files, or do you have to find that out by clicking on each individual item in the library?

  • 9mario9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Does iTunes 11 show the total number of items in the library at the bottom of the window like it did in previous versions?

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (54,480 points)

    9mario9 wrote:

     

    Is there any way to make iTunes show ALL the items that can't find their original root files, or do you have to find that out by clicking on each individual item in the library?

     

    To identify the broken links in your library create this set of playlists:

     

    Lost & Found playlists

    Create a playlist called Found, select everything in Music and drag it into the Found playlist * . Create a smart playlist called Lost matching All the rules Playlist is Music and Playlist is not Found. Your lost tracks will be in this playlist.

     

    * This bit can be tricky with a large library.

     

     

    Or install iTunes Folder Watch and enable its option to check for dead tracks on start-up.

     

    tt2

  • 9mario9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    turingtest2 wrote:

     

    iTunes should clean up any emptied folders - it does for me, and for most people.

    Well, there are at least some people that it DOESN'T do that for them...

    Look at this:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/2964173#2964173

     

    It says:

    I have two problems I'm trying to get rid of:

    1) Empty folders in the iTunes Music folder.

    2) etc.

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (54,480 points)

    9mario9 wrote:

     

    Does iTunes 11 show the total number of items in the library at the bottom of the window like it did in previous versions?

     

    The main differences between iTunes 11 and earlier versions are the loss of coverflow and ability to have multiple windows open.

     

    In Windows, you can restore much of the look & feel of iTunes 10.7 with these shortcuts:

    • ALT to temporarily display the menu bar
    • CTRL+B to show or hide the menu bar
    • CTRL+S to show or hide the sidebar
    • CTRL+/ to show or hide the status bar (won't hide again for me on Win XP)
    • Click the magnifying glass top right and untick Search Entire Library to restore the old search behaviour
    • Use View > Hide <Media Kind> in the cloud or Edit > Preferences > Store anduntick Show iTunes in the cloud purchases to hide the cloud items. The second method eliminates the cloud status column (and may let iTunes start up more quickly)
    • If you don't like having different coloured background & text in the Album (Grid) view use Edit > Preferences > General and untick Use custom colours for open albums, movies, etc.
    • With iTunes 11.0.3 and later you can enable artwork in the Songs view from View > Show View Options (CTRL+J) making it more like the old Album List view
    • View > Show View Options (CTRL+J) also contains options to change the sorting of grid based views

     

    tt2

  • 9mario9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    turingtest2 wrote:

     

    Create a smart playlist called Lost matching All the rules Playlist is Music and Playlist is not Found. Your lost tracks will be in this playlist.

     

    * This bit can be tricky with a large library.

    Well, mine is very large... Anyway, I'll give it a go.

  • 9mario9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    turingtest2 wrote:

     

    The main differences between iTunes 11 and earlier versions are the loss of coverflow and ability to have multiple windows open.

    Well, I can open multiple windows in iTunes 10 (i.e. Music and iTunes Store, for example).

     

    And thanks for mentioning all those options, but I only asked about showing the numer of items in iTunes' respective libraries (Music, Audiobooks, Podcasts, etc). Possible or not?

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (54,480 points)

    9mario9 wrote:

     

    Well, I can open multiple windows in iTunes 10 (i.e. Music and iTunes Store, for example).

     

    Not sure you mentioned that you were running Tunes 10. iTunes 11 hid lots of familiar options so I posted the extra information on the assumption that if you hadn't yet found the status bar you might be missing other features you were used to.

     

    And thanks for mentioning all those options, but I only asked about showing the numer of items in iTunes' respective libraries (Music, Audiobooks, Podcasts, etc). Possible or not?

     

    I meant to highlight this line for your attention.

     

    • CTRL+/ to show or hide the status bar (won't hide again for me on Win XP)

     

    The status bar normally shows the size of the contents of the current view or selection.

     

    tt2