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  • 9mario9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    turingtest2 wrote:

     

    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.

    What's the "Found playlist" for when I need just lost items?

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (58,460 points)

    9mario9 wrote:


    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

     

    That thread is 8 years old and deals with consolidation which copies files stored outside of the media folder into it, and leaves the originals where they were. That process won't empty any folders, so there will be none to clear up.

     

    Hopefully we're agreed that iTunes is supposed to remove empty folders if, and only if, it moves the last media file out of a folder in response to a tag change, i.e. because of a change of artist name, album name, part of a compilation, media kind, or change in the folder layout option, or removes the last folder from a parent folder thereby leaving that folder empty. Note that the "Keep iTunes Media folder organized" option needs to be enabled for iTunes to respond to tag changes, and that it only applies to content inside the currently designated media folder.

     

    Hopefully you will accept that iTunes may not be able to clear folders if there any files (hidden or otherwise) that remain in the source folder, if the security permissions on the folders don't permit the deletion via whichever security account iTunes uses for the process, or if there is third party software (e.g. AV or media management tools) that monitors file & folder activity and interrupts iTunes' actions.

     

    Lastly iTunes will not do any subsequent housekeeping of the media folders. It either cleaned up or it didn't. If it didn't do it at the time then it can't and won't automatically tidy up later. In a similar fashion iTunes does not automatically monitor the media folders (with the exception of Automatically Add to iTunes) for new content, nor will it go back and delete files previously removed from the library if these weren't sent to the recycle bin when they were removed.

     

    If iTunes didn't clean up as ir reorganized files then you can do so manually, or use a third party tool, or you could consolidate everything to a new media folder then delete the original (which would still be manual after a fashion, might take fewer steps but with a large library could take longer to achieve as all content has to be duplicated to the new path.)

     

    tt2

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (58,460 points)

    9mario9 wrote:

     

    turingtest2 wrote:

     

    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.

    What's the "Found playlist" for when I need just lost items?

     

    iTunes doesn't have a built-in mechanism for displaying lost items, however it won't copy lost items to a playlist. By adding all the items that can be found to the Found playlist we can then use rules in a smart playlist to list what is Lost, with the premise that Everything-Found=Lost.

     

    tt2

  • 9mario9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    turingtest2 wrote:

     

    "Hopefully you will accept that iTunes may not be able to clear folders if there any files (hidden or otherwise) that remain in the source folder..."

     

    "Lastly iTunes will not do any subsequent housekeeping of the media folders. It either cleaned up or it didn't. If it didn't do it at the time then it can't and won't automatically tidy up later."

     

    "If iTunes didn't clean up as ir reorganized files then you can do so manually"

     

    I think I have already accepted it, as it's not worth all the time that's needed to do that. As long as iTunes seamlessly synchronizes with my iPod, I can perfectly live without that re-organisation.

    turingtest2 wrote:

     

    or you could consolidate everything to a new media folder then delete the original (which would still be manual after a fashion, might take fewer steps but with a large library could take longer to achieve as all content has to be duplicated to the new path.)

    That's rather out of question, at least at the moment, as I don't have enough extra space on my external hard drive for (even temporary) doubling my iTunes contents.

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (58,460 points)

    No worries. I've already offered one script for the task, but you might like to take a look at RED - Remove Empty Directories which I've just run across. Should you choose to use this tool please note that the subfolders of ..\iTunes\Album Artwork often contain many, many, empty subfolders which should not normally be removed (although iTunes will probably regenerate them automatically if you do so).

     

    tt2

  • 9mario9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Some audio files (after re-organisation) don't have the "Properties" option when right-clicked... It's just a blank space where "Properties" should be.

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (58,460 points)

    Random file types or something in particular? Is there a pattern? Context menus can fire up 3rd party handlers. Perhaps one is registered but not responding.

     

    tt2

  • 9mario9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, to be honest, I am not quite sure it had shown before re-organisation. I'll leave alone for now, anyway.

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