Organizing itunes music...

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  1. Legend Zero

    Legend Zero OT Supporter

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    So here's my problem...

    if i choose to organize music apple's way, using the itunes keep folder organized i get this type of file structure...(i will use the example Artist: Tupac, Song: Changes, Album: Greatest Hits)

    [] negates a folder
    "" negates file name

    [tupac]>[Greatest hits]>"01 Changes"

    However id rather individualy rename all my files to something more pleasing to me such as

    [Hip-Hop]>"tupac-changes"

    My question is the first way (apple way) saves me way more time, so if i do it that way, 1. will it show up in spotlight if i search for "tupac,changes", basically does spotlight use id3 tags to find its files?

    Also is there a easy way, such as automator or program that allows me to rename quickly doing it the second way?

    kinda hope someone understands me :rofl::rofl:
     
  2. omgwtfbbqryan

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  3. quid

    quid I Piss Excellence OT Supporter

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    why would you want to do that. just have itunes organize everything, then search within itunes, or organize by genre :dunno:
     
  4. quid

    quid I Piss Excellence OT Supporter

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    and by "negates" i assume you mean "notes" or something because negate means to nullify
     
  5. urban ape

    urban ape take that take that take that

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    itunes will batch edit id3 tags if you tell it to

    1) set itunes to keep your music folder organized
    2) shift+select group of songs
    3) cntrl+click ------>get info
    4) batch edit tags (including artwork if you want)
    5) use itunes search prompt at the top right
    6) profit

    if you let itunes do all the work for you, you will NEVER have to manually organize ever. hell, i havent opened my music folder in months and i have ~12,000 songs.
     
  6. Legend Zero

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    what does "batch edit tags" mean?
     
  7. Euclid

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    A batch is a collection of things, like a batch of cookies. :hsugh:
     
  8. Dysfnctnl85

    Dysfnctnl85 IT/Apple/Rotary/(D)SLR Crew

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    Just don't let iTunes manage your library and use a separate program for tagging and organization. Sure it would be great if iTunes was extensible to support your (and mine, as a matter of fact) anal-retentive needs, but I don't think it does/can.
     
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    urban ape take that take that take that

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    haha it doesnt get any neater than everything sorted

    artist/album/song

    how can you get anymore organized than that ^^
     
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    urban ape take that take that take that

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    well regardless of where the directory is, if you set it up to "copy file to directory" any mp3 you double click will be added to your itunes music directory. if it is tagged properly already, it will go into its appropriate directory, if not you can retag it in itunes and it will send it there automatically.

    then you can just delete the og copy on your desktop and go on about your business.

    thats how i run mine at least, i never have to touch the actual files ever. the only time i touch mp3s is the first time they get loaded into itunes. after that itunes takes over management.

    to each his own though, i would just commit suicide if i had to manually sort 12k mp3s
     
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    But yeah, what quid said - just search within iTunes.

    If you need to find the actual file, just right click, and "Show In Finder".

    :dunno:
     
  13. Legend Zero

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    as do I. :)

    Right now what i do is i created genre folders in my music folder... than i load all the songs into itunes and in preferences, i change the directy from itunes music to lets say the "Hip hop" genre, and when it asks "would you like itunes to organize your music" i click yes, so it is all sorted into artist>album>songs within the "hip hop" genre, than i just reset the directry to default....

    but after doing this i realized that when i looked at the file, they were just the song titles... well this to me is a problem because if i ever want to transport files alone to another PC or back it up... i simply can't; because there would be multiple songs named the same thing and such, basically why i was wondering if there was a better way to organize; i was thinking about the future. :hs:
     
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    thanks chief.
     
  15. quid

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    werd:dunno:

    and to lolzilla, my music is on an external drive too. just put a folder called music, use the regular osx icon for it, put it in the left hand pane in the finder window and changed the directory for itunes. neat and tidy, youd never know it was external
     

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