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yeomanspc
2011-11-30, 18:27
After years of resistance, my new car really only supports IPod as a usable music storage device so I gave in and bought an iPod and installed iTunes. Ugh! It kinda works - I imported my music directory into iTunes library without actually having to import the music, and then used iTunes to sync to the iPod. I would never use iTunes to manage my real library, but have just re-organised a load of directories and tags - generally moved stuff around and renamed a lot of tracks as a result of cleaning tags. The problem now is that although I can re-run "add folder to library" - all that does is add new entries for the revised file names - there appears to be no way to remove library entries for file names that no longer exist! I'm looking for an iTunes equivalent of MIP's "refresh tracks" function. There appear to be a few tools out there - what do people recommend for this? My music is all backed up but I am concerned that if I (for example) removed the library entries then iTunes will physically delete music also. I have 30k tracks - doing this manually is not an option.

toby10
2011-12-01, 03:40
I can't comment on iPods and iTunes as I have successfully avoided them...

.... but another possible avenue for car audio these days is USB. Does your car's head unit support USB? Almost all the newer model head units do. I've had a USB drive in my car for years, tucks right up under the dash for easy access when I need to add music.

IOW: Maybe simplifying your car music vs complicating your LMS/SqueezeBox usage may be another way to go, or at least something to consider.

yeomanspc
2011-12-01, 04:26
I think I fixed it thanks. Car is a Merc, USB is limited to 2k tracks and clunky on how it manages directories etc. VW is easier - it supports hard drives and good interface. On a Merc, either you limit yourself to constantly managing what you want to listen to, or manage an IPOD.

But, FWIW, I found a link to ITLU and this seems to do the trick. For other users thinking of trying this, the instructions on the web look limited so it's hard to understand what it is doing under the covers. No worries - when you install it, you get a decent set of documentation which explains all.

I've run this a couple of times now and it works a treat!

Pascal Hibon
2011-12-01, 05:08
The double entries you have in iTunes is because of the fact that you didnít use iTunes to manage your music. The concept of iTunes is that it is a music management system. So if you move around or rename files outside of iTunes you are bound to run into troubles.

Philip Meyer
2011-12-01, 14:21
>But, FWIW, I found a link to ITLU and this seems to do the trick. For
>other users thinking of trying this, the instructions on the web look
>limited so it's hard to understand what it is doing under the covers.
>No worries - when you install it, you get a decent set of documentation
>which explains all.
>
>I've run this a couple of times now and it works a treat!

I used to use ITLU, which did work, but was slow.

Then I discovered a much better tool, which was quicker and has extra features too. Try "iTunes Folder Watch" (http://albumbrowser.klarita.net/itfw.html).

It identifies dead tracks to be removed, and then shows new tracks to be added to iTunes. It allows for multiple root folders, you can add exclusions, and it can create a playlist within iTunes for the new songs that have been added.

sherington
2011-12-02, 00:40
You really don't have to use iTunes on most iPods ... Rockbox installs easily and straighforwardly on iPods (although not all - yet!) ..the two key attributes being: (a) your iPod is just treated as another USB device, so you can use whichever music management system you like, just copying files directly to the iPod as to any disk, and (b) all the Itunes procilivity to mess with your music files or tags are avoided.

http://www.rockbox.org/

Simple really!

Andrew