Changing files in iTunes without removing them from the database...

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  1. verbal

    verbal Active Member

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    I have some really low bitrate stuff in my library so I'm updating some stuff. For some reason I really don't want to lose my played data.

    So how can I make sure iTunes sees the new files but keeps the times played data? Is it as simple as just replacing the files as long as they're named the same? Or is there another way?

    Just curious before I start.
     
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    I'm pretty sure overwriting the file would do it, the id3 would definately get updated when you click on it in itunes - whether it then blanks the stats..... i guess you'll just have to try one file first.
     
  3. Pitt

    Pitt 1-1-11 — Never Forget OT Supporter

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    bingo.

    as said, you may have to retag some of the info, but it keeps playcounts, playlist placings, etc

    I do this all the time.
     
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    Never knew people were truly that anal about the play count stat.
     
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    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    i'm happy if i have album art, artist, track title, and track number...
    anything beyond that and I don't care...
     
  6. Pitt

    Pitt 1-1-11 — Never Forget OT Supporter

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    that and date added to library. :wackit:
     
  7. Pitt

    Pitt 1-1-11 — Never Forget OT Supporter

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    playcounts are awesome for seeing what music you skip a lot, and then unchecking it or taking it off playlists to save room.
     
  8. tenplanescrashing

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    If I don't listen to it, I delete it. I never use the checkboxes either.
     
  9. Pitt

    Pitt 1-1-11 — Never Forget OT Supporter

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    I like having complete albums. :o

    Plus I still roll with my 15 gig ipod. while my library is 47 gigs
     
  10. verbal

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    So, I've been doing this-- getting better quality versions. I've been deleting the old, then I tell iTunes where the new file is.

    iTunes will play anything I've updated just fine. But when I play it on my 5th gen iPod, it will get to about the last minute of the track then skip to the last second and hang there until I skip to the next track. This only happens with the MP3s I've updated. They play fully in iTunes but do this weirdness on my iPod.

    Today I tried restoring my iPod and it still does it. Any ideas? Is there a way I can make iTunes rescan all my MP3s? Or is there a way to refresh and/or clean up my iTunes database?
     
  11. Pitt

    Pitt 1-1-11 — Never Forget OT Supporter

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    advanced, consolidate library? :dunno:

    if you replace the files right, you shouldn't have to tell itunes where they are
     
  12. verbal

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    Some of my stuff was labeled wrong.

    What does consolidate library do exactly?
     
  13. Pitt

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    moves everything into the itunes folder. not a guaranteed fix, but it cleans up file structures.
     
  14. verbal

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    I'm positive everything in my library is in the iTunes Folder.
     
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    This is driving me crazy. :mad:
     

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