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Use the iTunes browser for quick mass changes Apps
The old way I used to change genres in iTunes was to arrange the main window by genre, select all of a given genre, press Command-I to open the Info window, and then enter the new genre in the correct field.

Here's a better way: from the View menu, select Show Browser, which puts a three-paned window atop your library. Then, simply select the genre (or artist or album) you want to change in the browser section, press Command-I, and change what you'd like. Everything changes at once.
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Use the iTunes browser for quick mass changes
Authored by: JadeNB on Sep 28, '06 12:42:21PM

Is there any way to make a mass path change? That is, if a lot of files from one directory are now in another directory, is there any way to tell iTunes this without going through each track individually? (I tried editing the library file itself, but the changes are ignored by iTunes and overwritten on exit. I found a tutorial on how to get iTunes to pay attention to the changes, but it didn't work for me.)



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Use the iTunes browser for quick mass changes
Authored by: gidds on Sep 28, '06 02:20:46PM
AIUI, iTunes writes two library files: a binary one it uses by preference (iTunes Library), and an XML-format one as a backup (iTunes Music Library.xml). So if you're editing the XML one, delete (or, safer, rename) the other as well, to force it to reload the XML one.

(Haven't done that myself, but I do remember reading about it!)

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Use the iTunes browser for quick mass changes
Authored by: JadeNB on Sep 29, '06 10:30:28AM

Thanks for the reply -- I read the same thing. Unfortunately, when I deleted the binary file, iTunes complained that the library was corrupted; and, when I replaced it by an empty file, iTunes just gave me an empty library. What else should I do?



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Use the iTunes browser for quick mass changes
Authored by: JimAkin on Sep 28, '06 01:10:55PM

It's probably worth mentioning that this Hint works only if the "Show genre when browsing" option is checked in the iTunes General Preferences pane.

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