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Originally posted by n3urotic@Nov 2 2003, 03:24 PM

Sometimes I'd rename the files after I already added them to my Itunes library. Over time this becomes a problem as in I have a lot of files in the library that don't exist anymore.

Is there anyway to force Itunes to parse through the whole collection and remove the files that don't exist anymore.

I neeeed this, I am constantly renaming my files...

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Originally posted by corykg@Mar 19 2004, 03:58 PM

@alexman:  start menu / run /services.msc

from there you can disable ipodservice and ituneshelper permenantly, or reenable them if you want.

Actually iTunesHelper is started via the registry.

Look here: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

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i just recognized that the apple site is wrong. not only that, but if you look at the apple pr site, their "screenshots" are actually photoshopped. not only that, but they are REALLY incorrect. go here and see the little itunes windows? the windows one (on the right) has both scroller arrows on the bottom! now, i know it doesn't do that on windows!

-Lou

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Originally posted by SpidercrabX@Oct 19 2003, 10:03 AM

iTunes does NOT name imported ripped files with the "Artist - Title" convention.  Instead it stupidly names them "track number - Title".  I believe this was part of their strategy to convince the music indistry that iTunes would not be used for P2P file sharing.  Therefore, a "neat trick" is that you have to bloody rename all your ripped files.

Secondly, it is an acknowledged bug in iTunes that it does NOT import playlists correctly unless your My music directory is in the same drive as iTunes.  So another neat trick is to bloody edit all your playlists.

Anyone who has added a second drive just to store their growing mp3 collection, or uses a no C: drive, will not be able to use iTunes Playlist Import unless they edit all their playlists.

Of course every other media player manages to use playlists correctly.

I hope Apple fix the playlist bug and change their strategy with file naming.

my theory is that itunes names files "track # - name" because in the windows explorer if you use the "tiles view" windows adds the artist name and album name underneath automatically.. look:

itunes-filename-theory.jpg

now, doesn't that make sense?

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Originally posted by notmyown@Mar 19 2004, 04:10 PM

While I agree with guiness about WMA:

I also know that like any compressed audio file, AAC is lossy. So I'm not over-impressed. For an article that will anger you, go to http://www.downhillbattle.org/itunes/ .

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I know I'm resurrecting this quote but what I don't get about that website is that Apple is only paying artists the same amount the rest of the Recording Industry does. Apple didn't invent how much the artists get screwed so why make it sound like they did. Idiotic page if you ask me.

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Originally posted by contra@May 29 2004, 04:08 PM

my theory is that itunes names files  "track # - name" because in the windows explorer if you use the "tiles view" windows adds the artist name and album name underneath automatically.. look:

itunes-filename-theory.jpg

now, doesn't that make sense?

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I never thought of it that way most likely because I prefer the list view for everything but viewing pictures.

Also, the reason the naming scheme is odd is because iTunes works best when it handles all of your music (deleting files, etc.) making looking at your files in explorer useless. I've just recently given iTunes total control of my music (consolidated the library, etc.) and I love it. If I want to delete a song I can do it in iTunes and bingo it's gone without having to go to explorer to delete the file as well.

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quick question for you itunes guru's... if i consolidate my library will itunes automatically update my library with the new mp3's i have by simply dragging them into the itunes window... like will they be put into place in the itunes folder and say i delete them they will also be deleted from the library???

thanks,

meth

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Problems arise with the way iTunes names files in the following situations:

1. If you use an early generation mp3 player like many of the mp3 capable DVD players that rely on the filename for the artist and title display. iTunes renamed files will not display correctly.

2. Same applies to any portable mp3 players that use the filename.

3. Most car mp3 players have a filename display option which is useful when the tag contents are incorrect or can't be read.

4. If you have been backing up your mp3's with backup software, then to rename every mp3 means you have to start from scratch again and waste hours just re-backing up with the new names for large collections.

5. Keeping the format of Artist - Title makes more sense than any other format.

Why change it? Why would anyone want to rename "Artist - Title" to "07-Title" or "Title" or even worse "Titl".

Apple could easily keep the Artist - Title format.

It's track number-title so they show up in the right order in alphabetical order. Quit whining. :|

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