Laptops :: Reformatting WMA Files For ITunes Library

Dec 6, 2010

I am happily now a mac user..I have got more fed up with microsoft after each OS "improvement" since win 95. I lost all my belongings in a house fire and only have survived wma files backed up. I need a way to reformat them for itunes format. I am not having much luck on my own. MAC rules. I love the OS

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ITunes For Mac :: Using ITunes Match Means Can Delete Files From Library On Laptop?

Jun 18, 2014

I need space on my computer - video files take up most space and I have a bunch of music videos in my iTunes library. My question is - 

If I upgrade to iTunes Match - would that mean I can then delete files on my computer in my iTunes library and still access them later?

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Applications :: ITunes Library On NAS - How To Add Files From MBP

Feb 2, 2009

I have the vast majority of my iTunes library on a NAS device. When I first got my MBP I set the library's location to the folder that I had moved off one of the desktops to the NAS. Everything works fine.

However, it seems that the library location will reset itself to the local location on the MBP (possibly whenever I run iTunes when I'm not on this network). So, if I add files to the iTunes when I'm not on this network, they get placed into the local library.

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ITunes For Mac :: Delete Files From Library

Jun 5, 2014

Bought an Air to replace a MacBook Pro. Want to clear out stuff before I sell it. If I delete files from the iTunes library, am I deleting them from the hard drive or the cloud? In other words, how do I clear the material from this machine without losing what I purchased?

Info:
MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2012), iOS 7.1.1

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ITunes For Mac :: Trying To Organize Library And Files

Aug 30, 2014

I am trying to organize my iTunes library and files.  I have a question about the 2 files listed below.  I understand iTunes media is like the master file, but what is "my music" file  and  if i move files there from iTunes media/music, do i need to make a copy of these files and if i make a copy,  is this creating a duplicate file taking up memory space or is this an index? 

Mac HD/user/music/ itunes/ iTunes media 
Mac HD/user/music/my music  

Info:
iMac (27-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mavericks (10.9.3)

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ITunes For Mac :: How To Organize Files In Library

Aug 28, 2014

When transferring my iTunes library from backup to my new iMac, some of the files have lost their information and there seems to be many duplicate files.

Is there a quick and easy way to restore my library to its former glory? 

Info:
iMac

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Applications :: ITunes Not Storing Files In Library?

Oct 16, 2010

I have my iTunes library set to an external drive. The boxes in Pref/advanced are check. I have checked my internal drive in the old iTunes location and see new podcasts and music living there. I need to perform a organize library to move the files.

This seems to have happened in iTunes 9 and 10.

The iTunes Music library does point to an external.

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Applications :: ITunes Library - XML Files Damaged

May 15, 2009

I'm using OS X 10.4.11 and iTunes 8.1.1. I'm not very computer literate. When I started iTunes today, I went straight to copy some files into it from another folder. I got an error message about the .xml file and then told files were damaged (I think). I think iTunes started rebuilding the folders but I stopped it and ended up with only 30-something gb of tunes instead of almost 100 gb. All my music is still there in the iTunes/Music folder (I also have 30 back-up DVDs of the library), but I really, really want to be able to keep the Date Added information as this is how I view the music, as well as all the artwork I've manually added. The iTunes Library (Damaged) file is there, as are several Previous iTunes Libraries file.

After a web search, I did the following:
i. Quit iTunes and copied the most recent "Previous iTunes Library" file to the desktop.
ii. I trashed the iTunes Library.xml and iTunes Library (with the logo) files at the top of the folder structure.
iii. I then dragged the copied Previous iTunes Library file into the iTunes/iTunes Music folder and launched iTunes. Should it be dragged into the top-level iTunes folder or where?

It opens, but with absolutely nothing in it. I've tried dragging the Previous iTunes Library file everywhere I can think of (trashing the existing .xml and Library file each time), but still no joy. This latest Previous iTunes Library file is only a couple of months old and I'd much, much rather re-do the last two months music than lose the Date Added and all Playlists etc.

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ITunes :: Find Protected Files In My Library?

Apr 2, 2012

About 10% of my iTunes files are still protected. I'd like to find them and put them in a special playlist but I haven't managed to find an efficient way of finding them all and listing them.

Info:MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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ITunes :: Rebuilding Library After Restoring Files?

Apr 13, 2012

I accidentally deleted all my iTunes music, movie, app, etc files while trying to move it to an External HD. I was able to restore the files using third party software, from the sql layer. However, each fille now has a name like "54678990.m4v" as opposed to "Thor.m4v" and it appears they all need to be "re-linked" to the titles in my iTunes window interface. 

I restored the files to the External HD actually, and when I click directly on them, they do play in iTunes and a little exclamation point appears next to the name of the file (eg, 'Thor' in the iTunes window). That is telling me, I think, that there is some kind of issue with naming and linking to the actual file on the External HD. 

Is there some relatively easy way to do get this all straight and clean and seamless for like 1000 files?

Info:
iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iPhone 4S, IPad 3 64gb

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Deleting Files From The ITunes Library And Computer

Apr 23, 2012

I have an empty playlist that has duplicated over 100 times.iTunes is not letting me delete my just right clicking and hitting delete.

Info:
MacBookPro

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ITunes :: Damaged Library - Lost A Lot Of Files?

May 5, 2012

A few days ago, I opened iTunes and a notification appeared saying my Library was "damaged," and then proceeded to reopen with about 500 songs missing. I went through my iPod to find a few of the songs that were on it that were erased from my Library (I haven't synced my iPod since it happened for fear of losing the songs for good), intending to simply re-import them into my Library - but the files were nowhere to be found. I opened Finder and searched for quite a while, but I couldn't find a trace.  I've tried opening iTunes while holding down the Option key and choosing a Previous Library, but the most recent of the Previous Library .itl files is the same one - the one missing 500 songs.  

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ITunes For Mac :: Library Files Cannot Be Saved - Error 54

Jun 17, 2014

I got this iTunes warning today error 54 what does it mean and what has possibly happened?

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OS X :: Itunes Library On HD & TC - Time Capsule Media Files

Oct 21, 2010

I've been trying vigorously to connect my itunes library with my Time Capsule Media files.So that I can keep the music I acually listen to on my Macbrook Pro's harddrive but have the rest of my music stored onto my time capsule and listen to when I am at home.What I thought to do was put the music i listen to in the itunes library folder on the harddrive and then change the media location to the TC media file folder.Turns out my idea was wrong.. any others care to elaborate on this issue? I'm pretty much confused with this and i haven't been able to find it on the forums anywhere

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Applications :: Sorting Out ITunes Library - Manage Files?

Dec 28, 2010

Over the years, I have amassed GBs worth of music, spread over many different iTunes libraries, as a result of having desktops, laptops, replacement machines etc. When I first started my collection, I stupidly "let iTunes manage my library" which has resulted in all my tracks being put into thousands of different folders because iTunes likes to create a separate folder for each artist. I was wondering if there was any way of exporting all my music in the iTunes database to a new location, organized by album. eg. A State of Trance 2010 Yearmix being exported to a folder called that, not each of the 80 tracks going into a separate artist folder.

If this can be done, I'm hoping to consolidate my music collection into one library, once and for all! It's probably worth noting that I'm now on Windows, but I thought I would ask here as iTunes is an Apple product. I have access to a Mac should I need to do anything "Mac-specific" to make this happen. Tune up looks like a promising piece of software. However, it only seems to clean up the music files themselves, not their organization within my music folder. Does anyone have any experience with it? Sorted! I'm sure there are loads of people out there that would like me reorganize the file structure of their music after iTunes obliterates it...so here's what I did.

1) Downloaded Songbird. What a great application! It has addons!
2) Went into the applications options. (Tools >> Options)
3) Selected the 'Manage Files' tab.
4) Ticked the box to 'Allow Songbird to manage files'. In the 'Structure Folders' section underneath I changed it to 'Album/Song Files'.
5) Clicked OK at the bottom to save changes and Songbird then wizzed through my collection and put all my music into Album folders!
6) Uninstall iTunes.

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Applications :: ITunes Not Restore All Files From Music Library XML

Nov 14, 2008

I had to move around my files recently so needed to change the location iTunes looked for them. I ran across a hack whereby you edit the iTunes Music Library.xml file and then intentionally corrupt the iTunes Library.itl file so that it reimports the next time you restart iTunes (I'm sure many of you may already be familiar with this hack).

It almost works. Problem is that it doesn't import all my files. I have over 10000 files but it only imports 6445 of them. I noticed that the original xml filesize is 16MB. After importing, it gets chopped down to 10MB. What the heck is happening here?

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OS X :: Music Files Disappeared - ITunes Library (damaged)

May 29, 2009

I was adding some music to iTunes downloaded through acquisition x, and my external HD (Seagate 320 GB) all of a sudden has no music files anywhere on it. The available space is still the same as when i had 40 gigs of music on it, and iTunes says on opening: "The file "iTunes Library" does not appear to be a valid iTunes Library file. iTunes has created a new iTunes Library and renamed this file to "iTunes Library (Damaged)."
I can't find any .xml or .itl or a (damaged) library file ANYWHERE. THEN the next dialog display says the iTunes application could not be opened, the required file is in use.

So used an applescript to unhide invisible files and folders, and the .Trash is empty, Finder's trash is empty, searched all OVER for any trace of the .mp3 files in my library, but they have disappeared. I also can't unmount or eject, verify or repair my External because it is "in use." The only process running i can see is finder, though I'm not sure.

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Applications :: Change Location Of Files In Itunes Library?

Feb 4, 2010

in my itunes file in Windows directory, there is a compilations file. this file has albums in it that should not be there, but with other albums by the same bands. i have tried relocating the albums, but then itunes cannot play them, and when i locate the file it is automatically placed in a new compilations folder.

in short i am asking how i can change the location of a file in the itunes library. Any ideas?

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Software :: Can ITunes Library Import Be Automated To New Files?

Jul 8, 2008

I have just bought my first Mac and finding iTunes limiting. I am running a Windows XP desktop, laptop and OSX 10.5 MacPro laptop. I then have a Western Digital World Book 500GB NAS with a share holding all my music so that it is centralized. I have setup iTunes so that it's default library is the WD NAS Share "Music" and deselected the option to copy to local library. The Mac is my wife's computer so I will not be adding new music through its iTunes, but from my XP Desktop to the drive mapping "MUSIC" (simple cut and paste). My frustration is that I can manually import (using iTunes) the contents from "MUSIC".

But any new songs I add to the share "MUSIC" from outside of iTunes will not be recognized/added in the iTunes library without doing another manual import of the new file/folder. I have seen a post for sync'ing two iTunes libraries, which may or may not be possible to sync'd Mac iTunes with Windows iTunes through shares, but I really prefer not to go this route and currently using iTunes only on the Mac. Is there a script or plug-in for Leopard or iTunes that will monitor for changes on the ntwork share then add the new songs to iTunes's libary automatically? Maybe I am thinking to far outside of the box? By the way I do work in the IT field so I am willing to do some more "duct-taping" to make this work

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ITunes :: Transfer Its Media Library From One PC To Another Without Losing Files?

May 6, 2012

I have imported a number of Caf del Mar CD's to iTunes, and iTunes keeps scattering the tunes into several different folders in iTunes Media. It also has trouble finding album information, unless it has been downloaded from iTunes Store. Previous versions of iTunes I have tried didn't have this problem.I've tried to tidy the files manually in iTunes Media, but that usually results in duplicates, so I stopped messing with it. I actually wouldn't mind iTunes blowing up my albums into a nightmare file structure of hyper categorization in iTunes Media (Album, Album Artist, Artist, etc.) if only it recognised its own mess when I transfer the library from one iTunes library into another.

An example: I downloaded Cafe del Mar - Essential Elements featuring 13 tunes, two of these can be found in the files Cafe del Mar/Cafe del Mar Essential Elements, iTunes also created the folder Cafe del Mar/Cafe del_Mar Essential Elements containing 0 tunes!?! and the rest of the tunes are found under Rue de Soleil in the root folder, indicating ONE of the artists as the criteria for creating a folder of tunes!?!

I am trying with every fiber NOT to hate this program, and would appreciate it if someone could explain to me how I can move an iTunes Media library of aprox 54 gb from my desktop via an external harddisk onto my laptop. I have tried 4 times, and everytime the result varies. Sometime I transfer 3000 files, other times 4000. Which files follow and don't is random. I lose files tranferring to the external harddisk and lose even more files from the external disk to the new library on my Lap. Do I have to transfer song for song or can this genius program actually transfer a larger amount of files without losing half the files and duplicating the rest?

Is there a limit of size or amount of files?

Info:iTunes, Windows7

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ITunes :: Transfer Music Files From My IPhone To Its Library?

May 16, 2012

Im trying to transfer the music from my iphone to a new imac, the help centre notes say to go to the store, click authorize computer and go from there, i know its a dumb question, but i can't find the authorise computer bit

Info:iMac, Mac OSX (10.5.7)

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OS X :: Script To Duplicate Apple Lossless ITunes Library As MP3 Files?

Sep 26, 2010

I have written the applescript below to duplicate my Apple Lossless iTunes library as a MP3 Library. I wanted the script to be able to do the following things:

1. For all Apple Lossless tracks in iTunes Library (at the moment the script is just set to work with a selection for testing purposes) check if track already exists in MP3 folder with more recent modification date and:

a If yes, do nothing

b If same track with earlier modification date convert and replace track (so that tag changes are transferred)

c If track doesn't exist convert track.

2. If there are any MP3 files in the target folder that aren't in the source folder (i.e. the iTunes Music Folder), delete these files. This is for the scenario when I delete files from my iTunes Library that I no longer want, and I want the equivalent MP3 file to be deleted as well. So once the script has finished running there should be an exact match between the Apple Lossless library and the MP3 folder.

The script below does everything I want it to do with the following caveats:

1. I am not sure how to go about deleting the MP3 files as in part 2. I guess it would have to be an additional section of script which compares each file by name in the folder/subfolder in the iTunes Music Library with the equivalent folders in the target music folder, deleting any files found in the target music folder that don't exist in the iTunes Music folders, but I'm not sure if this is the best/only method, and how I would go about scripting this.

2. Because I need to specify the conversion twice (once if no file exists in target folder and once if it does but with an older modification date) I am wondering about using a subroutine method here. I tried doing so, but no conversions happened even though some should have happened. I wonder if this is because the relevant variables aren't picked up properly by the script when it's a subroutine. I can leave things as they are, just thought it would be good to make the script neater.

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Applications :: Consolidate ITunes Library (Move Files To One Folder)

Dec 29, 2010

When you consolidate your itunes library does it actually move all your files to one folder or does it just make a copy or reference them? Because my itunes media is scattered throughout my computer and an external hard drive and I'd like to move it all to one spot.

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ITunes :: Transfer Video Files To IPhone Without Copying To Library?

Jun 28, 2012

I have some large video files on an external drive, and I'd like to put them on my iPhone. I have very limited hard drive space on my computer, so I'd rather not copy all of the files onto my iTunes library. Is there any way to transfer the files directly onto my iPhone from the external drive?

Info:
Macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.10)

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ITunes For Mac :: Library Not Showing WAV Files In Their Correct Albums When Opened?

Jun 30, 2014

I use a Mac Mini to launch iTunes with library saved in an external drive. Now my Mac Mini retires and I replaced it with a new one.  I launch iTunes on the new Mac and reconnect to the library in the external drive. 

How come my wav files are shown in correct albums in old Mac but shown in unknown albums in new Mac?  What must I transfer from the old mac to new mac show wav files in their right places? 

I have tried importing the library xml file but it didn't work. 

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ITunes For Mac :: How To Get Back Old Music Library (XML) Files After Data Recovery

Jun 2, 2014

my Mac recently crashed and I had to do a data recovery. I recoverd my itunes music library files (.xml). I'm trying to put those files onto itunes again but the import playlist method isn't working. it works for one but not multiple. I receive an error message (-50) after the first one.

Info:
OS X Mavericks (10.9.3)

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ITunes For Mac :: Moved Library From PC To NAS - Duplicated Files In Album Folders

Aug 20, 2014

I recently moved my itunes library from PC to a NAS to use with my new Mac. With the exception of a couple hiccups everything was fine. I then asked iTunes to copy all the music to my ipod and convert the tracks to 256mb (I have re-ripped my cd collection as lossless and chosen the option to replace existing copies of the songs which were lossy). 

I have 264GB of music in my iTunes library but when I looked at my NAS just now I saw 540GB of music backed up!! I then looked in one folder and saw every song had been duplicated so songs were named things like "Song.m4a" and "Song1.m4a", but this hasn't happened in every album folder - of course I have way too many to go through them individually. 

How I can stop it from continuing and most importantly how to clear all the duplicates from the folders on my NAS so it only holds the 264GB of music that the iTunes library displays. 

Info:
iMac

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ITunes For Mac :: Overwritten ITL Files And Screwed Up Library After Attempted Duplication

Jun 22, 2014

I have 30GB of music on my external drives at home and 60GB of music on my laptop. I wanted to make an itunes library with the music from my laptop for when I travel without external HDD. I exported my itunes library and saved the .xml in a personal folder.(I didn't know that I needed the .itl file too before this crap happened. Why did Apple programmers need to make it so complicated and why doesn't it also export the current .itl file along with the .xml when you "export library"!?) 

I then quit itunes and opened the exported .xml file using itunes. l went and deleted my the songs in my itunes library containing music from both drives and imported all the music from my user itunes library. 

I did that so I would have all the songs and only the songs from my laptop. However, iTunes must have written a new .itl when I exited from my itunes from my new library. Now when I open the my original .xml itunes library with itunes all of the playlists are blank and the ratings/import dates are missing too! Is there any way I can recover this data? I went to user/itunes/PreviousiTunesLibraries and I was able to recover a .itl from a year ago but much has changed in my itunes library since then. 

Is there somewhere(even in the cache) where previous .itl would be stored even for a short time?(I haven't rebooted since this happened) Are .itl files backed up somewhere else besides /previous itunes libraries? 

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OS X :: Transfer Itunes Library And Few Pictures And Files - Wrong Firewire Cable?

Dec 29, 2009

I wanted to transfer his iTunes library and few pics and files but I had the wrong firewire cable so I went ahead and setup his MBP for him. I now have the correct cable and need to use migration asst. to transfer the iTunes library and files. I tried once but ran into problems. I am transferring from an iMac running Leopard that has 4 user accts. The problem I had is that it tried to transfer all accounts! All I want is the iTunes library from his account and a few folders from his desktop. What do I select when prompted during the migration? Would it be easier to erase the hard drive and reinstall SNL from the cd and use migration asst. from the beginning? I have installed MS Office 08 and I can reinstall that as well.

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Applications :: Can No Longer Drag Files From OS X Itunes Library Directly To Trash

Feb 13, 2010

up until a few days ago...maybe after 9.0.3 update...on my macbook pro under snow leopard, im certain i could drag files from itunes library or a playlist into the trash.

if i drug the file from the library to the trash, you would here the trash can "eating sound" and it would be gone from the library (one step). if it was from a playlist, it would delete that file from the playlist but not from the library as expected. now, i cant do either. now i have to right click and delete the file/s and then click move to trash.

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