Consolidating itunes library itunes 10
I’m not a big fan of how i Tunes organizes it’s library.
I tend to think in terms of genres instead of one lump sum.
Media Rage was also a great way just to see groups of files easily and batch change certain fields.
It is lacking a slick interface and can get a little clunky since it is more a collection of miniprograms than a collective whole, so it takes a little getting used to.
Media rage will copy, move, or create aliases based on tag information to an organized folder structure.
Therefore if I have The Beatles’ Rubber Soul floating on a temporary folder, I could then automatically move them to the Rock and newly created Rubber Soul subfolder.
For these albums I used an i Tunes applescript called Track Parser to correctly move the proper information to where it should be.
This is a great script that can also move track number, album year, and any other information granted that they start in a single field and can be parsed out to other ones.
After searching and searching for various programs my approach was a three fold fix.Media Rage is also smart in the fact that if I was missing some songs in the album I could pick and choose the right tag information to be transferred over.This worked for the most part, but some compilations had artist as “Various Artists” and had the artist information as part of the song name, i.e “Save A Prayer – Duran Duran” as the song name.I already decided that I would sacrifice accuracy for condensing some artist names. Some files had no tag information but had them inherent in the file names. Luckily there is Free DB which is the CDDB equivalent but has a searchable field to look up albums under artist name and album title.I also decided that I would have to move guests and featured artists to the song title instead of the artists field, also to consolidate the artists down. With Media Rage, I was able to look some of these albums up then transfer the id3 tag information to the proper files.