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  1. I'm looking to connect my headless Mac mini to my DAC/Amp and control iTunes using the iOS Remote app. But I'm curious whether I am better to run USB straight to the DAC or use Shairport through the microRendu. Shairport can only handle downsampled files but has the benefit for running through the microRendu. On the other hand a direct connection lets me feed the DAC a full-res file. Any thoughts? BTW, I understand there are likely superior options than playing directly from iTunes (like ROON) - but I've found the convenience of combining my existing library with new music sourced through Apple Music gives me the convenience I need.
  2. I digitized my music library many years ago and have invested a ton of time and cash to this hobby. But all these years later I find myself at wits' end to find a music library solution that fulfills the promise of digital music. There doesn't seem to be a viable option that lets me: easily store, add and manage music files (including rating songs, editing metadata and creating playlists) integrate my library with a streaming service so that as I add new streaming music it can be integrated with existing library (ratings, metadata, playlists) easily playback my integrated library. I've used Roon for a couple of years - but the metadata/ratings/playlist library management capability is just not there to integrate my library with Tidal. Right now I'm back to where I was several years ago, using iTunes/Apple Music on a Mac mini as the source, managing (integrating) the library remotely from a MacBook Pro and feeding it to a mid-fi system that includes an Arcam A38 integrated, irDAC, Sonore microRendu and KEF LS50 standmounts. This option has forced a compromise in both sound quality and playback (the iOS Remote app is just terrible). So much here on CA is focused on gear and SQ, but I've never read much about library management. Playing an album at a time is fine, but shouldn't we be able to take advantage of database capabilities to easily rate, sort and group music from two sources? I'd be very curious to hear what others are doing...
  3. I recently upgraded to iTunes 12.7 and I was pleasantly surprised that many of my artists photos were no longer the default microphone. This has always been an irritation to me. But several prominent artists were still left out. So I began scrubbing through my list trying to figure if there was any rhyme or reason behind the lack of a photo. As it turns out, iTunes is very very picky about the artist name..... For example changing "Traveling Wilburys" to "The Traveling Wilbuys" did the trick. Here are some others that I found. I love the fact that you need a metal umlaut for Blue Öyster Cult.... Blue Oyster Cult > Blue Öyster Cult Pink > P!NK Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds > Noel Gallagher Traveling Wilburys > The Traveling Wilbuys Florence & The Machine > Florance + The Machine It still does not explain where there are no official photos for Adam Ant, Badfinger, Pavement, Sebadoh, Tears for Fears, Traffic, Bob Weir, Temple of the Dog, etc. Really wish iTunes would fall back on album art. -- Byan
  4. I am finding my system for managing and playing music too complicated. I have my library on an external drive connected to a Mac mini so that I can manage the music using iTunes - playlists, ratings etc. But I play the music on Roon. The Mac is connected to a microRendu then to an Arcam iRDAC/A38 Amp and out to KEF LS50s. It seems to me that thus far Roon is not the best place to be doing the management. I’d like a solution like a NAS or Rock or something else that connects directly to my DAC/Amp but still lets me work with my files easily (like iTunes). Any ideas?
  5. I'm running iTunes 12.7.2 on OS 10.11.6 in a MacBook Pro, and I keep my 8 iTunes libraries in a NAS. There's no connection to the internet in this network. Yesterday as I was importing some ripped CD files into the library and initially the files were copied into a library that was not active at that moment. I then quit and restarted iTunes and after re-importing the files some of the songs were placed inside "/Volumes/MUSIC/Classical, Romantic & Modern/iTunes Media" in folders with the name of the CD and other tracks from the same CD were placed in folders with the name of the CD in the right "/Volumes/MUSIC/Classical, Romantic & Modern/iTunes Media/Music" folder. I tried to re-import the misplaced files into "/Volumes/MUSIC/Classical, Romantic & Modern/iTunes Media/Music" but was not successful. What's going on here? Has "post Steve Jobs" Apple lost the plot? I've ended up moving the "Music" folder into "/Volumes/MUSIC", deleted the "Classical, Romantic & Modern" library folder and created a new one into which I am importing everything back. It takes ages. I have been trying out the "iTunes - HQPlayer" and the "Proper English Title Capitalization v3.6" scripts but I doubt this was the cause of such a mess... "iTunes - HQPlayer" doesn't work properly so I have removed it from the "Scripts" folder. Has anyone had something similar happen to them?
  6. iCloud has "lost" approx. 7,000 of my 15,800 iTunes items. Apple Support is telling me I should have kept a backup copy somewhere else; only resolution is to manually re-enter the items myself. That's beyond disheartening in many ways. Has this happened to others? Does anyone know of possible solution? iTunes 12.7.2 on MacOS High Sierra (10.13.2)
  7. I use iTunes on my PC which runs Windows 10. My questions have to do with the settings under the Playback tab under Preferences. I know that under the General Tab, I can import CDs using settings such as Apple Lossless Encoder, MP3, and AAC. My questions are: 1. Do the audio settings under the Playback tab just alter sound while the audio track is playing and not alter the audio file itself or its properties? 2. If I make audio adjustments under the Playback tab, will that impact the audio properties or sound quality of audio tracks or their import settings as they are ripped from my CDs or will they permanently alter the audio properties (bit-rate, sample-rate, hertz, etc.) or sound quality of my music files already stored on my computer? I am asking these questions because I intend to put my audio CDs into storage at my local storage unit (which is climate controlled) after I have ripped them to ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Compression). I want to retain and protect the original sound quality from the CDs both so I can create lossy copies from the original source for iPhone and iPad while traveling and so I do not have to dig out the CDs again to regain the original sound quality. Thanks.
  8. iTunes - HQPlayer front-end re-visited

    Hi All, I decided to completely re-write my iTunes to HQPlayer front end. The new version is attached. The interface for choosing preferences is now based on Obj-C. This has allowed me to present all prefs in a single window. Once your prefs are set you can choose to not show these prefs again. If you do that the only way to get them back will be to delete the .plist file in your ~Library/iTunes/Scripts folder. This feature was suggested by Carl for headless server operation. Thanks Carl and thanks also for your testing and feedback during this development. In case any of you are still using the old version, you will need to delete the .plist file produced by that version before using this one. All required files are now bundled with the single app, apart from that .plist file which must be produced by the app. The creation of temp files is now optional, if your files are in a format, such as '.aif' which is supported by HQPlayer. I haven't got around to revising the manual yet. Hopefully though it's fairly self explanatory and you'll all be able to figure it out. Geoff iTunes - HQPlayer Server.app.zip
  9. My main music library is mostly FLAC, but I like to have AAC copies in iTunes. I found an automatic and free utility to do this, which although not updated in a long time, works fine with High Sierra and iTunes 12. https://github.com/cbguder/FLAC2iTunes
  10. Delete download

    How do I delete a download once it has been uploaded to the cloud (I use iTunes Match) in iTunes 12.7 on MacOS High Sierra? Just to be clear. I just acquired Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP and I only want it to be stored in iTunes Match and not on my Mac. There used to be a button called "Remove download", but it has disappeared. Thanks for your help
  11. Itunes Static

    Hi All, Just recently unpacked my audio system NAD T748 rciever, Onkyo disc player, Paradigm book shelf and Kipsch sub. I had shelved the syetem for a few years due to work and lack of space etc. Just basically listened to on-line music through headphones etc. Anyhow, I'm using a Lenovo Laptop think pad for my I-Tunes library. Seems to be working well but I get intermittent static/clicking only lasts 2-5 seconds and has no set pattern. Any ideas how to clear this up? HDMI is high quality and all other cables are top notch. Thanks
  12. 17,1 iMac, 10.12.6, iTunes 12.6.2, I have two audio short stories (1+4 or 5 audio files). Both are written by Ernest Hemingway. Both are read by different readers. They were originally audio files, and have been converted to M4A ACC iTunes files. Author, Composer, are the same. Genre is Audiobook. Media Kind is Audiobook. The only things different are the Chapter titles, and the Title of the two stories. I cannot get them to SORT together, in iTunes GRID mode. I have defined both as Audiobooks, both are SORT: Hemingway, Ernest. I try to sort all audiobooks by the author's last name. Most audiobooks sort, but I cannot get the story made of 4 files to sort w other Hemingway audiobook. I have a lot of audiobooks, and all of them sort by author, except one. Quitting iTunes and rebooting has not corrected the database. Is there any other way to refresh iTunes so they will sort correctly by author? Or have I left something out? I don't want to trash the xlt file as I will lose my Dates Added.
  13. Hi all, I haven't posted since this forum moved so hello again! I'm hosting a barbecue on Saturday that is likely to go on well into the night, so I have compiled a playlist of approximately 10 hours of music. I want to make sure that if I need to stop the playback and start it again, I don't want to hear the same tracks already played recently. In conclusion, I'd like to create a Smart Playlist that will only show songs that haven't been played in the last 6 hours. Unfortunately, the "Last Played not in the last" shortest option is 1 day. I considered the "Limit to XX items selected by least recently played" option, however that will mean the music will be skewed towards music I haven't listened to for the longest, which is not what I want, because that ends up grouping lots of a similar artist together and it won't feel very random. I tried entering a fraction for number of days, but it doesn't allow that. Does anyone have any ideas on how I could get this to work? Thanks!
  14. 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
  15. 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 (, 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
  16. 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?
  17. 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
  18. 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?
  19. 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, 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!!!
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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)?
  24. 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 I got a new iMac with MacOS and iTunes 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!
  25. 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?