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  1. Greetings, I have my music files on an external hard drive and it is exhibiting worrisome signs of age (it's seven years old, getting close to capacity, getting unable to find songs, slow response time, etc) so I am going to replace it with a new, larger one (going from 1TB to 2TB, I have around 800gb of music). I thought about just trying to rebuild the .itl file but I think it's probably best just to replace the thing. My music set-up is: Macbook Pro (2015, Sierra 10.12.5) running latest iTunes (12.6.1.25), the iTunes library files like .itl and .xml are located on this Macbook ~~wifi ~~Airport Extreme (also 2015) __USB__external hard drive with music files. (The Macbook Pro connects to my home theater/stereo receiver for playback via HDMI and optical). I have a backup of the external drive and will soon make an additional copy when I get the new drive. So...I would welcome any guidance, ahead of time, on how to do the swap. I have read things like "just point iTunes at the new drive and you're good to go". Being paranoid and not that confident with concepts like "pointing iTunes", I could use some more detailed hand-holding. Do I leave the itl and xml files where they are, as they are? Do I need to make sure the folder/file path to the music on the new drive is exactly the same as on the old one? Any assistance here is truly appreciated. I've seen too many stories of either lost music or duplicated music. (Oh yeah, I don't use the Cloud or Apple Music.) Tim
  2. Hi, Is anyone using the (new) iTunes Work/Movement fields? I looks like an improvement but I don't want to start re-tagging some 5K+ tracks to find out that it isn't really that useful... I see that Doug has two scripts that help out a bit but still require a lot of manual intervention: http://dougscripts.com/itunes/2016/08/a-couple-of-work-and-movement-scripts/ Cheers, Ricardo
  3. I've used the iTunes artwork screensaver on my Macs of years and I think it's great, except I've had the same couple of dozen album covers for a looooong time now. How can I have it fetch more? I assume it caches a certain amount of jpegs, but I don't see a way to refresh. Maybe there's a cache file somewhere, or a folder that I don't know about. Any ideas?
  4. I’m trying to use "Shuffle By Grouping" for the first time and I can’t make it work at all. I want to shuffle a playlist so that all songs in the playlist with the same title play together, even from different artists and albums. For instance I want to hear the song "Something" by The Beatles, and Peggy Lee’s cover of that song together. Then I want to randomly jump to another Grouping of songs with the same title, say, St. Louis Blues, and play all of them, and so on. Sort of like Album shuffling if each Album had the same song by different Artists. What I tried: 1 - made a standard playlist called "Originals/Covers". 2 - dragged all the songs that I have versions of by different Artists into "Originals/Covers". 3 - sorted the playlist by Name so all the same Titles are together. 4 - arranged the columns so that the Name and Groupings columns are next to each other. 5 - Made sure all the Grouping fields were empty. 6 - copied the Name Field over to Groupings for each song using one of Doug’s Applescripts. 7 - verified that all the Grouping text was the same for each grouping. What this looks like: NAME----------------------GROUPING---------------------ARTIST Love For Sale---------------Love For Sale------------------Adderley, Cannonball Love For Sale---------------Love For Sale------------------Arthur Lyman Group Love For Sale---------------Love For Sale------------------Dorsey, Jimmy Love For Sale---------------Love For Sale------------------London, Julie Love Potion #9-------------Love Potion Number Nine---The Coasters Love Potion Number 9----Love Potion Number Nine---The Clovers 8 - set Shuffle to "ON" and "By Grouping" via the Control Menu. 9 - clicked the "crossed arrows" Shuffle button. What happens: A random song plays, but instead of playing the rest of the songs in that grouping iTunes selects another random song. Up Next looks like the songs are shuffled by Song, not Grouping. I’m using 12.3.2 on 10.11.3. So what is wrong here? Thanks in advance.
  5. Hi, Kirk & Company! I’ve done some snooping on various forums about an issue I’m experiencing with iTunes that I have not had issues with before... With the latest update of iTunes 12.5.5.5, there is ENORMOUS inconsistency with the availability of the “Go to Artist” and “Go to Album” actions in the “Song” menu. By “enormous inconsistency with the availability” I mean that it is almost always unavailable with no apparent reason. Because I am a “keyboard” person, I find it efficient to create keystrokes in Keyboard Maestro for different menu actions in different apps. I created shortcuts for “Go to Artist” and “Go to Album” in iTunes, but they no longer work because those options aren’t available for the majority of songs—despite the fact that most songs are from artists/albums with more than one song in my library. I would understand the lack of availability for these functions for tracks that have no other connections, but not with other songs. There is also no rhyme or reason in regards to compilation status or album artist settings. I know it is not an issue with Keyboard Maestro, because “Go to Artist” or “Go to Album” don’t show up as options when I go to access them in the menu (either “Song” or the right-click drop down menu). This is madness! Please help! Am I missing something? This seems like a really basic (and easy) feature to retain from version to version!!!
  6. hi Similar to something you recently commented on, I like using Apple Music but then buying the cd and ripping lossless onto my home server (I also have iTunes Match). Now the problem is that when I have added the music via Apple Music to iOS or iTunes AND then subsequently rip the CD lossless to my server I end up having problems. I rather do this as I don't wish to lose play count data. Usually what happens is the following: if in iTunes or iOS I have added the album to my library; I typically have downloaded the album to my iOS device but not downloaded the album in iTunes; in iTunes it naturally affiliates such tracks as being in the cloud and matches the tracks as Apple Music; If I then rip the cd (ensuring to match the track details identically) what then happens is that I have two identical items for each track in the album... one the Apple lossless rip and one Apple Music; I then ask iTunes to update the iCloud library; When this process finishes I usually have 1 item in the album per track but the problem is that when I look at the details of the track it shows it is apple lossless and shows the location of the file on my hard drive BUT still references the track as Apple Music. SO FRUSTRATING. Hoping you can help. MM
  7. Hi folks Setup: I keep my entire iTunes folder on a My Cloud, i.e. media folder and iTunes Library file (*.itl). When I open iTunes, I point it to the My Cloud location to load up the .itl library file. Problem: I am finding the response time of iTunes when working with these remote media - especially when editing their metadata - to be excruciatingly slow. For example, just accessing the metadata ("Show info" : CMD+i) for an album, or even a track, entails a 20-second spinning wheel. If I edit any metadata fields, then processing those changes takes an additional ~15 seconds per track (and sometimes minutes if I've embedded album artwork). For an audiobook with hundreds of small tracks this process takes ~15 seconds to apply to each and every track. If the tracks are larger then the time to process is proportionately longer too. Embedding audiobook art is the peak nightmare scenario. Likely the issue lies with the way iTunes is doing its thing in concert with the My Cloud NAS, but I'm hoping someone in this community has the same setup as me and has found some success alleviating their frustrations. Known issues due to relatively slower upload speeds: I know that upload speeds are always far slower than download speeds, and uploading plays a much more prominent role when hosting iTunes on My Cloud. I can accept the wait-time to load up the large library each time I open iTunes (even though this seems like it should be a download process), and I can even live with the slow process of importing new music (constrained by wifi upload speeds). However, I am constantly organizing my music and audiobooks by editing metadata, and this process is excruciatingly slow. I went with the My Cloud route for the benefit of wireless access. I assumed that the inevitable bottleneck due to upload speeds would only apply to the process of initially transferring the library, and subsequently adding any new media to the library located on My Cloud. This appears not to be the case. Known issues due to separating the locations of the iTunes Media folder and iTunes Library (.itl): When I initially elected to move my large music and audiobook collection to a My Cloud, my research suggested that it would be wiser not to keep my media and library file in separate locations. My personal experience supported this advice: previously I had kept the media on an EHD and the .itl library file on my local machine, and I consistently encountered broken links and repeatedly had to regenerate my iTunes library file. For a collection as large as mine this was an extraordinarily time-consuming process on each occasion. The current setup has proven much much more stable in this regard, but working with the media is an untenably frustrating process. Has anyone encountered this issue and figured out a way to improve performance?
  8. iTunes is keeping my media folder organized and I recently consolidated my library. Now my artist folders are no longer in the Music folder and instead were relocated in the top level media folder alongside podcasts, audiobooks, voice memos, etc. The Music folder still exists and still has the artist/album folders, but the album folders are now empty. Can I force iTunes to reorganize the artist folders back to the Music folder?
  9. Kirk, previously, I checked out the “The complete guide to using iTunes with lossless audio.” When I started reading your articles over five years ago. I experimented and ripped some CDs to Apple Lossless with a variety of apps. Sometime I would create a 320 version, or rip to lossless with these apps and also iTunes. I haven’t noticed that much difference between the various programs, but I “believe” that some louder. While I have stuck with XLD among those apps, I have been using iTunes almost exclusively for the last year. Is it better to rip to Apple Lossless using iTunes — I probably won’t use another OS in the foreseeable future — or should I use something else like XLD? I notice that XLD uses parts of the OS to do its processing. I usually see this as in the Info section’s encoder: X Lossless Decoder 20161007, QuickTime 7.7.3. Is ripping with other apps any better than what I could get from using just iTunes? It seems like 12.5 is up to the task. And I want to rip all discs, eventually, to Apple Lossless.
  10. Hi guys, thought you might like to know that SongKong (and Jaikoz) can both now autoupdate the new iTunes Work, Movement (name, no, total) fields, we write about it together with a screencast tutorial at http://blog.jthink.net/2016/12/updating-itunes-work-and-movement.html also we done have a lot of work on treating Classical releases specially, we are very open to user feedback so if you have an idea for where things could get work better or you have a wishlist of things you would like a tagger to do and don't know of any tagger that does it please let us know either here or on the Jaikoz/SongKong forums at Jaikoz and SongKong Forums
  11. As reported by several users on the Apple Discussions, iTunes Match isn't working in iTunes 12.5.3 (the current version) for both Windows and Mac. All tracks are being uploaded and none are being matched. Supposedly Apple is aware of the problem and working on a fix. In the meantime, the only solution is to revert to 12.5.2 or turn off iTunes Match. Here are the steps for MacOS (must be done from an admin account): If you have a recent Time Machine backup: Stop the iTunes Helper process using Activity Monitor (Applications > Utilities). Open Terminal (Applications > Utilities) and enter the following command: sudo rm -r /Applications/iTunes.app Restore iTunes from a backup that was done before your machine updated (this particular iTunes update was released on 31st October) or if you don't have a Time Machine backup you can download iTunes 12.5.2 from Apple. Restore the following files from the Time Machine backup to your Home > Music > iTunes folder: iTunes Library.itl iTunes Library.xml Note: not all of these files may appear in your iTunes folder, if any are missing don't worry, the files you need to replace are the iTunes Library .xml and .itl files. If you don't have a Time Machine backup: Stop the iTunes Helper process using Activity Monitor (Applications > Utilities). Open Terminal (Applications > Utilities) and enter the following command: sudo rm -r /Applications/iTunes.app Download iTunes 12.5.2 from Apple and re-install iTunes on your machine. Rebuild your iTunes Library (this step may not be necessary, especially if you don't have any Previous iTunes Libraries) References: https://discussions.apple.com/message/30891797#message30891797 https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7726141 https://discussions.apple.com/message/30943867#30943867
  12. I have a Synology DS412+ unit with my music. MP3s and FLAC files and currently separated in to their own folders. I had in the past used iTunes but with zero FLAC support, and the additional fact that iTunes sucks IMHO... I'm not sure how best to organize my music. Is there any software for the NAS that will help me catalog all these files, remove dupes, etc? Is there software for the computer that will let me access all of these files with a user-friendly interface (like iTunes)?
  13. I have iTunes library on 1TB external hard drive. The library is 14,000+ songs that are a combination of purchased and ripped from my CD collection. I thought having the library on an external hard drive meant moving to a new computer would be a breeze. I didn't even worry about it. My computer is an iMac over 5 years old. It has been updated to MacOS and has the latest version of iTunes 12.5.3.17. I got a new iMac with MacOS and iTunes 12.5.3.17. I attached the external hard drive to the new computer. I opened iTunes. Under Preferences -> Advanced I selected the location of my iTunes library. There are two problems: 1. Every song has a download icon. 2. A lot of ripped music isn't visible in the library even though I've confirmed it's still on the hard drive. As a science experiment, I clicked the download icon on a ripped track. (This is a song I did NOT purchase through iTunes.) This seemed to fix the problem but created a new copy of the m4a file named -1, thus consuming double the disk space. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  14. Now, I’m not going to do this anytime soon, but I need to upgrade my main computer to macOS Sierra. That is the computer with my master iTunes collection. A long story short, but it is still on Mavericks. NO, I thought Mavericks was OK, but I didn’t really like Yosemite. When I finally had the time to upgrade this particular machine to El Capitan, the boot installer I created was made with an El Capitan installer that had the expired certificates. So, that was a no go. I do like Sierra enough to make the jump. As I generally do a clean install, the only thing that worries me when upgrading this machine is iTunes. This OS X Mavericks computer is still on either iTunes 11, 12.1 or 12.2. (This computer is in another location.) From reading Kirk’s various columns, posts, and listening to his podcasts, I never got around to loving the latest versions of iTunes, but now I am ready to make the jump with 12.5. I have never used iTunes in the Cloud or Apple Music. And I mostly rip my own CDs. I never allow iTunes (or any other app) to download cover art. (I save the covers I use to a folder.) My question is “How do I make the jump?” I am gathering that if I do a clean install, I will automatically upgrade to 12.5. Or should I firstly, upgrade iTunes on the Mavericks machine to 12.5. Secondly, move the iTunes folder to an external drive and upgrade to macOS Sierra. Then, move the iTunes folder on the external drive to the newly blessed, clean computer? Actually, I want to prevent macOS Sierra and iTunes from establishing any setting that allows it to download artwork or any other thing. I just want to upgrade — not have iTunes force any additions, changes or substitutions. (Yes, I read some posts on the Kirk’s iTunes Forum about downgrading iTunes, but I’m trying to avoid that!) Some time around iTunes 12.5.0.61, in August, I noticed that I could no longer see my compilations. After doing some searching, I did see that they were still there. I could see them in ‘Recently Added,’ but not in the ‘Albums’ view. They finally appeared in ‘Albums’ after the second golden master of Sierra. With the computer I am using to test with, I only have a few compilations out of 71 albums. Any ideas, much appreciated! @kirk, I know you always write that you test the various versions of iTunes on a computer that does not house your main body of iTunes. Which version of iTunes holds your master iTunes collection? (If you don’t mind enlightening us.)
  15. Hi Everyone, for the time being I am stuck using iTunes on Windows 10. I am driving myself crazy trying to find a way to reliably direct the output to my 2nd dac a schiit modi. Basically I have two audio outputs, the default for system sounds and a secondary dedicated unit. Right now I basically have to trick itunes to use the 2nd output everytime I restart but setting the schiit modi as the system default, then launching iTunes, then resetting system default. Any suggestions on a better way?
  16. I used Spotify as my example in the question, but I'd also be interested in taking .mp3 or .wav to an iTunes playlist or a Windows Media Playlist, etc. Is there a program that allows for this? The point would be, once I have the playlist file or link, I can send it to a friend or acquaintance, and it'd simply be added to their playlist in whichever program they're using. Thanks in advance!
  17. This is a weird one. I have 4 tracks from The Roots album Undun, that I have rated as 5 stars. I noticed that they were being skipped right over in a smart playlist that I have for all of my 5 star tracks, so I went onto my Mac to see if they showed any signs of an issue. (greyed out, etc.) Everything looks good. Here is what I see: - The entire album is all the same. - The tracks were matched to the cloud, so they are now all the same AAC files. - Those 4 tracks don't play on any device, whether I stream or download the files - They don't play whether selected in the playlist, or album/song view - If I do download the files and play them in a non-iTunes player, the tracks play fine My itunes is up to date and ios as well. Is my only recourse to download the files, remove the whole album from itunes Match, then rematch them and manually reset the playcounts?
  18. HI Kirk and others– I’ve just joined this forum based on some of the very helpful articles I’ve seen in Kirkville. Hoping that you or the other knowledgeable members of this community can help me sort out some of my frustrations related to the interplay of iTunes, iCloud Music Library and Apple Music. I have a relatively large iTunes music library (132 GB, over 35,000 songs), most of which comes from CDs I purchased on my own way back in the day and then ripped into iTunes. One of the challenges has to do with the fact that my library exceeds the size and number of songs permitted in iCloud Music Library. 1. Since I exceed the number of songs allowed for iCloud Music Library, how is it determined which songs in my library get pulled into iCloud Music Library? Who decides this? How can *I* make the selection, rather than some random Apple process? (This is based on the presumption that there might be some way to select which tracks get designated as part of ICML and which ones don’t.) 2. My understanding from Apple is that in order to save music for offline listening when using Apple Music, iCloud Music Library must be turned on. However – and this is the part that I can’t wrap my head around – Apple also says it is not possible to manually sync music from My Music to my device (an iPod Touch, 6th generation) if ICML is on. If I turn off ICML, Apple says I will lose all music from Apple Music which I have downloaded. So – here’s the conundrum – is it really possible that I can’t put my own music on my own device if I want to also take advantage of one of the signature features of being a paid subscriber to Apple Music? (If there’s no way around this, can I turn off ICML once, import all my own music onto my device, turn ICML back on, and then re-download tracks from Apple Music without losing my own synced music?) 3. I know I’m not alone here, but ICML has totally messed up my album artwork and metadata. Question: If I turn off ICML, will my library revert to my original album artwork and metadata? If I do that, and then turn ICML on again, will the messed up stuff come back? 4. I have seen numerous articles about different approaches to work around these issues, including turning off ICML entirely, creating two separate libraries, or using a Mac Mini as a dumb server, but I’m a little intimidated since my technical expertise is nowhere near that level. Is there a (relatively) simple way to solve all this? 5. Given all these issues, would iTunes Match help me find a solution? I haven’t used it and don’t entirely understand how it works. Thanks to all in advance for any guidance and advice.
  19. Several weeks ago I went through a period where I could not get iTunes12.3.3 in El Capitan 10.11.4 to sync newly created pdf's to my iOS9.3 iPad Air. iTunes had no issue seeing older pdfs to sync from iBooks 1.5 on my iMac, it was ANY newly created pdfs, iTunes failed to see them in iBooks. I called AppleCare, the senior tech I wound up talking to watched me on screen as I would make a pdf and then try to sync it. The senior tech had me do various maneuvers and restarts, but iTunes failed to see the newly created pdfs. She had me pull a full system report, and said she would report it to Apple Engineering. Today, the senior tech called back. She says Apple Engineering says to use iCloud Drive instead of syncing w iTunes12. I am to stop using iTunes12 to sync w my devices. Luckily, in the last few days, iTunes has begun to recognize newly created pdf's again. But syncing w iTunes may be on the way to the technology dust bin. In no way do I want to RENT BY THE MONTH to use my computer w any devices. Maybe Apple will force us all into cloud rental.
  20. Hi guys what is the difference between these two folders. I always assumed that music/iTunes Media/music was the same as music/iTunes/ iTunes Media/Music. However, I have just downloaded a track from iTunes and noted that it is in the latter folder but not the former. So do I need both folders?
  21. I made the leap from PC to MAC. I'v been waiting for the new version of Outlook for MAC to come out to make the final transition off of PC. Running MAC El Capitan 10.11.4, and iTunes 12.3.3.17. Exported my windows outlook PST file, then imported it into Outlook 2016 for MAC. All my contacts, emails, calendar items, etc.. seemed to be good. I plugged in my iPhone and got ready to configure the sync settings to sync contacts/calendar/notes, etc.. from outlook. What the.....? There's no option or configuration to link to outlook? Or at least I'm comparing to PC iTunes I just migrated from. It would appear that MAC iTunes doesn't provide a sync interface between iTunes and outlook (native on the machine). If this is true, this will be a $200 bummer as this is vitally important to me and would be a serious failure on the part of Apple. I've googled every which way I can and cannot find any definitive yes/no to my issues. Can anyone help me on this? Thank you.
  22. I have several gigabytes of "Protected AAC Audio Files" in my iTunes library that I purchased back in the day when they still used DRM. I would like to convert these to a format so I can use them in HQP or Audirvana - but haven't figured out how to do it yet. I am aware that there is one way using iTunes Match (deleting the files and then redownloading them from the cloud) - but I am not interested in using Match. Is there some Mac software solution to remove the DRM (assuming it is legal to do so)? I did some googling around, but didn't come up with anything that looked legit. If you have any advice, I am all ears. Thanks.
  23. So, I have a noob question, but wasn't finding my answer through search: I'm using a MB Pro, iTunes & Amarra setup, with files stored on a 1TB WD duo RAID. I have hit the capacity of that drive, so I purchased a 4 TB G-Tech RAID o move the library to. I can then unRAID the WD to become a 2TB backup. My file structure on the WD has been: Type / Artist / Album / tracks. Type is AIFF, WAV, etc. From there, I would simply use Add to Library in iTunes to point to the music files. Now that I need to switch to a new drive, copying the files is easy enough, albeit, a long 9 hours to complete, however, I can't find an easy method for setting iTunes to use the new drive locations. I would like to maintain my current file structure, but if my only alternative is to redirect all the tracks, I may need to consider pulling all the files into the iTunes folders. Can any of you share your wisdom on this issue?
  24. Hello I am writing this hoping anyone knows a way to recover a missing or damaged iTunes library. I have used iTunes for many years and am a serious music lover like may of you out there and over the years have been able to acquire a collection of about 80Gb along with many playlists, one that is about 10 yrs in the making. I have a slightly older MacBook running version 10.6.8 and have iTunes 11.4 (which is saying is the latest version, however in my quest for answers I have seen that the current version is 12.2?), and so the other night I had to restart my computer and when I re opened iTunes I noticed that my entire music collection was missing except for the music purchased from the iTunes store (which is all greyed out and requiring me to download them again). All my playlists are gone as well as the column/view layout has been reset to a very generic setting. Another weird thing as well is, now when I open iTunes and only see the music purchased from iTunes, at the top of the side bar next to music, movies and TV shows it has a little cloud symbol. Is this something to do with iCloud, Apple music or iTunes Match? I'm not up to speed in that department. I checked the iTunes folder in my computer and all the music seems to be in their folders, so is it that iTunes isn't able to read the library file? In the iTunes folder there is a file that says iTunes library (Damaged), however there is also files that say the following..... iTunes Library.itl iTunes Library.xml iTunes Music Library.xml iTunes Library extras.itbd iTunes Library Genius.itbd Unfortunately the most recent library back up was in 2014 (lesson learnt), so I would really prefer to fix the problem and recover the old library I had going. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope someone is able to help. Cheers Neil
  25. Today, by chance I checked my Apple Music "Smart Playlist". This Smart Playlist contains all the "Apple Music" contained in my iTunes Library. I use it to help my ensure that "My Music" doesn't become "Apple's Music" based on my earlier nightmarish experiences with Apple Music. We'll today, low and behold two songs that belonged to an album I bought from Amazon are marked as "Apple Music". Argh! Not again! It appears the two songs were commandeered by Apple Music on December 11. That's the day after the latest iTunes update. Did the software bug get added back into iTunes? The Meta-data indicates the last play date for the songs were on 4/29/15. Though it's obvious that the album's meta data was last manipulated on December 11. Last time I had this issue it seemed to occur when I streamed the songs from another iOS device using an "Apple Music" curated playlist. I think that's pretty much what happened again. I've also noticed recently that some of my album art was changing, too. I know I had that switch off in my iTunes preferences on Mac, but it was turned back on? Maybe flipped back in the latest iTunes update? I have deleted the songs commandeered by Apple Music and restored them via Time Machine from December 1. OS X 10.11.3 Mac Book Pro Retina iTunes 12.3.2.35 iTunes Match Apple Muse