10 Replies Latest reply: Jan 4, 2007 7:45 AM by Chris CA
snowmanboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Okay here's the deal, I clicked the box next to "Keep itunes music folder organized" and I let itunes put all of my music in to folders, which basicly made a huge mess for me because now I have like 1000 folders and it's tough for me to locate my music. Is there any way to go back to how it was and basicly get rid of all of the folders so all my music is in one big folder?

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  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,475 points)
    If you want it unorganized as you had it, you'll have to drag everything around back around, then re-add it to iTunes.
    You don't like thing organized by Artist -> Album -> Songs?
  • snowmanboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    gosh, this ***** big time then, I have like 1000 folders now and can't even locate half my crap. I actually have to go to everyone and cut and paste all of them out of the folders? this is crazy, any one have any other suggestions on how to solve this issue?
  • camoracer Level 5 Level 5 (4,270 points)
    Forget about where the files are stored it doesn't really matter since iTunes keeps track of that. Use the features of iTunes and playlists to keep track of things.

    The only time I go to the folders is when I copy everything to external hard drive for backing up.
  • snowmanboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    no offense but if itunes will put all of your stuff in to folders then itunes should be able to put it back to how it was.
  • beanie A Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    No offense to you, but maybe you shoudl go back to casette tapes if you can't cope with itunes organization
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,475 points)
    If you organize properly,you will have the correct ID3 tags on everything.
    iTunes will put all your music very neatly into Artist folder -> Album folder > Song file.

    In iTunes, right click on the song file and put in the correct info.
  • snowmanboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have over 3000+ songs, I let itunes organize it and now I have 900+ folders with songs all over the place, some folders don't even have music in them. I mean cmon you can't be serious...
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,475 points)
    Don't worry about the folders.
    Just fix the ID3 tags in iTunes and the folder will fix themselves.
  • Frank Jenks1 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    I have to agree with some of the previous posters. Apple's "our way or the highway" no options organization scheme puts my compilation CDs with various artists into as many different folders as there are artists on the CD. Yeah, that makes it REAL easy to drag and drop that album to a buddies hard drive... "uh hold on let me make up a playlist, and then I can burn that playlist to a CD or DVD and, wait this'll just take a sec, and then make sure that you only use iTunes or else you won't know what CD all those folders belong to and, hey where ya going? this'll just take a sec". A superior way is to properly tag the files with the individual artist names but keep compilation albums in ONE folder per CD. My PhatNoise ripper (not-free and worth it)does this and it results in a much neater "My Music" folder that is easier to use for non-iTunes purposes.
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,475 points)
    Just because you do not know how to do something, does not mean it can't be done.
    compilation CDs with various artists into as many different folders as there are artists on the CD.
    Hmm? All my compilation albums are in one folder each.
    Do you have it set as a Compilation album?

    Yeah, that makes it REAL easy to drag and drop that album to a buddies hard drive
    Oh, okay. So you simply want to make it easy to do illegal file sharing? And since Apple makes it easy to group a compilation CD in one folder and you can't figure it out, it's sonehow Apple's "fault"?

    A superior way is to properly tag the files with the individual artist names but keep compilation albums in ONE folder per CD
    So you do want it to do it the way it does now?

    Now, I'm kinda confused. What's the point of your post?