ebs757
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New To Itunes Help Please

Sat Nov 01, 2008 1:34 am

So I have decided to go from Zune to Itunes because I really like the new Ipod Touch. Thus far, all I have been having is problems with Itunes that I never had with Zune. First off I wanted to delete some songs to make space on the new Ipod and I go to itunes and there are literally hundreds of "!" and the songs I just deleted are still there. Does apple think i'm this dumb? I deleted the files I do not want them in my library! Do I really have to delete them all from the Itunes library now?

I also noted you cannot delete tracks off itunes and expect them to come off the hard drive. Why? Does apple expect us to have infinite hard drive space? Can I select folders for itunes to monitor so I don't have to manually ad songs every time? I have multiple music folders and I moved those into the Itunes directory on the C drive and now I have 2 of every song and thousands of "!" next to songs and itunes telling me I have 30gb of music when I really have about 15gb. This is just really getting to me since I thought apple was always about simplicity and it just working when literally everything is going wrong for me right now. Any help?
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RE: New To Itunes Help Please

Sat Nov 01, 2008 6:50 am

You can delete the songs from your hard-drive quite easily, at least on a Mac.

You select the songs, hit the delete key, choose "Remove" and then "Move to Trash" so that it puts the songs in the trash bin.

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RE: New To Itunes Help Please

Sat Nov 01, 2008 11:56 am



Quoting Ebs757 (Thread starter):
I also noted you cannot delete tracks off itunes and expect them to come off the hard drive.

Select the songs and hit delete. It will ask you if you want to keep the files or move them to the recycle bin. You chose the latter, and the files will be gone the next time you empty the recycle bin.

Quoting Ebs757 (Thread starter):
I have multiple music folders and I moved those into the Itunes directory on the C drive and now I have 2 of every song and thousands

Go to Preferences, and look for the Advanced tab. Check the boxes for 'keep itunes folder organized' and 'copy files to iTunes library...'.

Finally, go to File/Library, and select 'Consolidate Library'. It will copy all your files into the iTunes Folder, and you can delete all the rest. With the earlier settings, any new songs will automatically be copied in the right place.
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ebs757
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RE: New To Itunes Help Please

Sat Nov 01, 2008 2:05 pm



Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 2):
Select the songs and hit delete. It will ask you if you want to keep the files or move them to the recycle bin. You chose the latter, and the files will be gone the next time you empty the recycle bin.

I am running a PC. I do not get that option

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 2):
Go to Preferences, and look for the Advanced tab. Check the boxes for 'keep itunes folder organized' and 'copy files to iTunes library...'.

So basically going to double how much my music takes up on the hard drive?

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 2):
Finally, go to File/Library, and select 'Consolidate Library'. It will copy all your files into the iTunes Folder, and you can delete all the rest. With the earlier settings, any new songs will automatically be copied in the right place.

Ok, I am going to try that. Thanks
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RE: New To Itunes Help Please

Sat Nov 01, 2008 2:07 pm



Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 2):
Finally, go to File/Library, and select 'Consolidate Library'. It will copy all your files into the iTunes Folder, and you can delete all the rest. With the earlier settings, any new songs will automatically be copied in the right place.

So lets say im using a separate program to acquire music and I download a song. Should I have it set to that the download just goes straight to the iTunes music folder or what?
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RE: New To Itunes Help Please

Sun Nov 02, 2008 2:17 am



Quoting Ebs757 (Reply 4):
So lets say im using a separate program to acquire music and I download a song. Should I have it set to that the download just goes straight to the iTunes music folder or what?

The main mechanism in iTunes is its track database, which is what appears in the iTunes window.

So if you want a track to be known to iTunes, drag it into iTunes so it will register the file in the database.

If you want iTunes to forget about a track, delete the track entry in iTunes. It will prompt you whether you want the actual file deleted, too.

You can have iTunes just know the location of your files without it touching them, but you can also set iTunes to manage the files for you by checking the respective preference options as Dreadnought explained above.

I would generally recommend the latter if you've properly tagged your files (set artist, album and track names in the ID3 tags).

Main rule: Don't do something to the files and expect iTunes to somehow recognize the change and change the database accordingly. It won't (on a Mac you can even rename or move music files without affecting iTunes). If you want something changed, make the change from within iTunes and you'll be alright.

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