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Weird iTunes Issue

So I have this subset of music that I get from emusic. I'd like to have a playlist that just plays that stuff so I can make sure I'm exposing myself to all the music I decide to try that I've paid for. The thing is, the only distinguishing feature of this music is that it's all kept in an emusic subdirectory. iTunes does not let you see the file path within the application and thus I can't make a smart playlist based on that.

So Jack recommended that I go into Windows Media player where I *can* see the file path, and then edit some other tag like "Comment" or something to say "From Emusic". Then in theory iTunes would pick up that new information and I could sort and make playlists based on it.

Only iTunes totally doesn't seem to pick up that info, either because it doesn't re-check or sync the tags, or because it doesn't recognize what I did in WMP, or whatever.

Does anyone know a trick that would let me do what I need to do?? Thanks!


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Jan. 11th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
On a Mac, all of your iTunes music is imported into "(username)/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/(artist)/(album)/(title)".

So, if you are editing something in the original folder, it doesn't change the music in your iTunes Library. You may need to delete the iTunes copy and re-import the changed music with the new tags.

Just a guess, I don't really know how Windows handles this.
Jan. 11th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
These are things I have manually imported using "Add folder to library" or "Add file to library" which are NOT in the path name you listed above. You're right though, it maybe be something stupid like having to delete them from the list and re-add them, which I refuse to do because play count is important to me!
Jan. 11th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Well, iTunes includes a tag editor inside the app... "Get Info", probably under the "File" menu... if you know the titles of all the tracks, maybe you could edit the tags inside iTunes and build the playlist off that.

(This is probably "DUH" stuff, but I always feel that over-explaining is better than under-explaining.)
Jan. 11th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
It's sadly like, hundreds of files. I might as well make a comment for each myself, or a manual playlist :(
Jan. 11th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
i wonder if you can't manually edit the XML file that builds the itunes library... (after making a backup of course)
Jan. 11th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Heh heh. Now that is fancy talk.
Jan. 11th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)
i'm dead serious, of course.
Jan. 11th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
You can sort by date added, then shift select the batch of songs (hundreds at a time) that you got from e-music and then use the get info. You get the multi-file screen tags. I would then use the 'grouping' tag. Easier then doing each track.

Jan. 11th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
I wish that would work... but they are spread out in time, over the month and past year. :( I didn't add them all at once, or even necessarily albums at a time. I so wish I had!
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