I have my itunes music organized into 2 folders, one I ripped off my iPod so its in ipod format, and labels (for songs) like BSQP and I can't understand them. The other is organized nicely into folders for the bands.
So my question,
Whenever I have to import my itunes tracks (reformating and such) I have to spend hours on end deleting duplicates, and removing songs I don't want (that were probs. from the iPod format folder).
Is there a way to make the itunes library organize itself and clear this up for me?
Your best bet would to just use a single iTunes library/folder. Then have iTunes organize it for you.
What I am going to tell you below is for an Apple computer, but Windows should be pretty similar. Go in to the iTunes preferences and make sure Keep iTunes Media folder organized and Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library are both checked.
Then under File, Library, Organize Library. Make sure consolidate library is checked. And check reorganize files in the folder "iTunes" if you can. Click OK. This will copy and organize all your iTunes library in to folders.
After it is done you can click File, View duplicates and it will show all of the songs that it believes are duplicates. Then just delete the ones you want.
There should be a display duplicates option under file, it should work as long as the metadata for your songs is correct. Otherwise I would just suggest using foobar2000.
EDIT: ninja'd :ph34r:
Alright Lowfat, ill try that. thanks!
O boi. That would take a long time to delete individually. After you have the library consolidated you may be able to find other software that could get rid of the duplicates.
My problem with the Itunes select duplicates option is it can't tell the difference between title of song and type...ie mixed version, live version ect.
Your 12gb might be of tracks you want to keep.
What I do (on a PC) is have all my songs (currently around 200gigs) in one folder with artists in subs.
When loading my library fresh, like recently after I did a new OS clean install, I add my library about 10 gigs at a time (A artiste, then B artists) reason being I find If I add too much at once Itunes skips/misses files/songs.
Whenever I add a new album/artist/song I simply add the specific file, not the whole library.
Try this program: Remove iTunes Duplicates, Fix Misspellings, add Album Art | Rinse
I had around 6gb of duplicated music? it doesn't work the first time, it'll take 3 times but it saves you hours of manual configuration!
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