Re: Itunes help

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Never mind. Problem solved.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 08- 7-07 7:40 PM
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You have a laptop and you're putting them on losslessly? You're weird.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 08- 7-07 7:41 PM
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First try deleting iTunes Music Library.xml and running iTunes again. If that doesn't work, delete iTunes Library. If that doesn't work, remove and reinstall iTunes, then point it at the music directory on your external drive. I believe it will recreate the indexing. If it doesn't, you can either do "consolidate music library" or drag the whole dang music folder onto iTunes (assuming you have enough drive space).

I didn't actually test any of these things, so who knows, but none of it involves potentially or actually deleting music, so it shouldn't hurt anything.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08- 7-07 7:44 PM
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My solution: starting itunes while holding the option key prompts it to ask you to select a new library. So I just re-chose the external drive.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 08- 7-07 7:45 PM
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Dang. I was this close to getting my trojan installed.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08- 7-07 7:45 PM
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ATM.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08- 7-07 7:48 PM
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I think the problem might have been caused by choosing the folder "itunes music" rather than "itunes" originally. The latter contains the former and also the "itunes library" file that, uh, might do something.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 08- 7-07 7:48 PM
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Where did he say he was doing this losslessly?


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 08- 7-07 7:48 PM
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Every "Ask the Mineshaft" should have this format.

Post: an elaborate statement of a problem, including ways in which "simple solutions" didn't work.

First Post, by the author: "Never mind!"


Posted by: arthegall | Link to this comment | 08- 7-07 7:50 PM
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First comment. Damnit.


Posted by: arthegall | Link to this comment | 08- 7-07 7:51 PM
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Where did he say he was doing this losslessly?

I read it in your email.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 08- 7-07 7:53 PM
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Ben, if I didn't do it losslessly I'd forever be listening to this music in a substandard format. Now instead of listening to music I'm sobbing quietly in the dark. See the improvement?


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 08- 7-07 7:54 PM
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Now instead of listening to music I'm sobbing quietly in the dark

Oh, I love that record.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08- 7-07 7:58 PM
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What made this even more fun: I wanted to check that these files were really on the external drive, so I had to go into the folders and confirm...oh, wait, classical CDs are filed in annoying ways, e.g., disc one of Wozzeck is under "Herbert Kegel" and the second is under "Kegel." So that was a fun moment of fear and anger.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 08- 7-07 8:05 PM
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An entertaining Kegel exercise, eh?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08- 7-07 8:10 PM
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iTunes really can't index classical worth a damn. Doesn't bother me much, since all my classical is under "Wendy Carlos" or "Isao Tomita", but it's pretty stupid.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08- 7-07 8:11 PM
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iTunes isn't too hot on the jazz either. Individual musicians who record in different ensembles don't track well.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 08- 7-07 8:19 PM
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5: Sunday afternoon we're baking on the sidewalk outside a local breakfast place that's a prime target of the church set and thus very crowded. As we wait for our table I glance at a USA Today; there's a sidebar about some football team somewhere whose quarterback is good at throwing the ball to other people. Apparently this is important to their overall hopes for the season and USA Today wants to make sure I know this. At the same time they want to make sure I don't think their analysis too shallow and so it goes on to say, "but the Trojans are loaded in other ways." I die laughing. The end.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 08- 7-07 11:59 PM
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tbh, I prefer both Foobar2000 and Winamp to iTunes. Both index better and both play a wider range of music formats. I do like the iTunes UI though.

I've begun ripping my CDs to lossless rather than MP3. I realised I had a 250GB drive that had about 30GB of music on it and that even if I ripped every CD I own to wavpack or flac, I'd still have space for more. Ripping to lossless was certainly quicker (it seemed).


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 08- 8-07 3:37 AM
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You should steal more music, ttaM.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08- 8-07 5:16 AM
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re: 20

Not pure as driven snow, or nuffink. But tend to be fairly ruthless about what I keep. Until recently I only had a small disk, and deleted anything I didn't really like [and usually ended up buying copies of much of that anyway].


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 08- 8-07 5:36 AM
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When I first started loading my I-tunes, the first two CDs were Russian opera offbrands which hadn't been entered properly, with the result that the order of the parts was scrambled.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 08- 8-07 5:47 AM
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I had been putting my music on losslessly, but quickly ran into the "which arbitrary tracks shall I exclude from my portable music device?" problem. I've since re-encoded it lossfully at some absurdly high bitrate such that only Audiophile Satan could distinguish it from the original. Much better.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 08- 8-07 8:03 AM
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Ditto 23.

I'm annoyed that I haven't been able to convince iTunes to load music for one library to my home drive, and music for another library to my external. If there's a way to do it, I'd still like to know, even though I'll be even more annoyed somebody else figured it out and I didn't.


Posted by: cerebrocrat | Link to this comment | 08- 8-07 9:46 AM
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23: if you're using iTunes you can create a smart playlist that picks a random selection of songs of exactly the size as your ipod, and then recreating every time you get bored with the iPod (orotherportablemusicplayer) selection.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08- 8-07 1:00 PM
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Sifu--check your e-mail. Is something happening tonight?


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 08- 8-07 1:02 PM
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