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I discovered something today when I was ripping a bunch of CDs with iTunes 6.0.5, and had patched the system to 10.4.9 (with the delayed eject button -- see hints elsewhere): If you have 'Import CD' or 'Import CD and Eject' selected in the Advanced » Importing tab in iTunes' Preferences, and insert a CD with the Option key depressed, you can select a new location for your imported files to reside.

For me, as I have all my music ultimately stored on a wirelessly-connected Linux box in my living room (running MythTV), this saves me a ton of time adding artwork and correcting automatically-assigned ID3 tags. After I get it perfect, I can delete the files from the Library (not from the drive), reimport them (thus copying to my Linux server), and it's all good.
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Change iTunes' import destination
Authored by: DougAdams on Mar 23, '07 07:40:26AM

Bravo!

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What's the point?
Authored by: designbot on Mar 23, '07 08:43:11AM

I don't understand. If you have iTunes set up to import songs to your Linux box by default, why can't you just correct the ID3 tags and add artwork to the files that are stored there? How does it save time to import them twice?



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What's the point?
Authored by: DougAdams on Mar 23, '07 09:29:19AM

Normally, with the "On CD Insert" prefs set as mentioned, imported CD files will be saved to your designated Music Library folder (set in Preferences > Advanced > General). If you want them saved someplace else, use the hint.

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What's the point?
Authored by: hypert on Mar 23, '07 10:15:10AM

I didn't understand this at first either, but after a while I did. Since the Linux box is wireless, transferred a whole CD worth of ripped music back and forth could be very slow. This allows the author to rip "locally" and edit (each tag edit is another write to the disk, and the local disk will be much faster). When he's done, remove from iTunes, drop back onto iTunes (copies to Linux and makes entries in iTunes), remove local copies. Done.



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What's the point?
Authored by: tmpatrick on Mar 23, '07 02:06:41PM

Exactly. Because the server is connected wirelessly, everything slows to a snail's pace. For playback, it's totally fine, but for importing, it takes forever, and updating (even text fields, much less artwork) is painfully slow. This way, I can do a batch of CDs, update everything locally, then move it over all at once (overnight).

Note: It does require that I remove reference to the local files before that last step (or else there's duplication), but sorting the Library by Date Added helps me track down those files quickly. Hope this helps!



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What's the point?
Authored by: kikjou on Mar 25, '07 10:56:26AM

tmpatrick, I do like you do when I import songs on a wireless computer with my library on a central server. In order to remove the local songs, I have a smart folder where I have "date added" set to "today". No need for sorting and I see only files added during the last 24 hours.



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Change iTunes' import destination
Authored by: radiomurf on Mar 23, '07 10:02:01AM

The preference to auto-rip CDs is irrelevant. You can hold option (shift in windows) when you click the "Import CD" button and it will bring up the same dialog.

Good find!

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Change iTunes' import destination
Authored by: ScooterComputer on Mar 23, '07 10:31:22AM

First off, the Hint also works if "Ask to Import CD" is selected as well; just hold down option when clicking "Yes" at the import dialog.

However, as always with Apple "One step forward, one step back": if you do this, the importation process doesn't then abide by the "Keep iTunes Music folder organized" preference, instead dropping the songs loosely into the selected folder. So if you have a remote, organized Library folder, this conversion process will force you to do the organization by hand.

NOTE TO APPLE: The dialog asks "Would you like to import the CD...", so TREAT what gets imported like a CD--meaning create the Artist/Album hierarchy during the conversion if "Keep iTunes Music folder organized" is selected.

I think, ultimately, since Apple just isn't going to fix this mess, an APE module is going to be needed. I'm tired of iTunes putting MOVIES in my MUSIC folder. I'm tired of not easily being able to use multiple library locations. And I'd like my purchased DRM'd music to remain local while my RIPPED music goes to a Shared library (it is my music, I own it, I can use it how I wish).



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Change iTunes' import destination
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Mar 23, '07 11:41:11AM

"(it is my music, I own it, I can use it how I wish)"

No, you actually don't own it. Unless you composed it and recorded it, you only license it. Same is true of software. The copywriter/publisher owns it.

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Change iTunes' import destination
Authored by: mccabem on Mar 27, '07 08:11:58AM

Just as a counterpoint, I wouldn't prefer the behavior you are talking about.

If that functionality existed I would hope it was optional and off by default.

It would be a good option though!



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Change iTunes' import destination - RELATED
Authored by: mccabem on Mar 27, '07 06:22:42PM
Another variant of (or twist on?) this hint:
  1. Set your "Importing" options in iTunes' "Advanced" preference tab how you like them. I like 96Kbps/VBR AAC files to fit a huge chunk of my library down to single DVD size....great for portability!.
  2. Click into iTunes' "Advanced" menu (main menubar item), slide down to "Convert Selection To " and before you click the menu item, hold down your Option key and *then* click "Convert Selection To".
  3. This will yield the "Convert Destination..." dialog box.
Convert your selected items to the format *and* destination folder of your choosing!

(If you hold down Option *before* clicking the "Advanced" menu, a completely different Convert feature is activated. Useful for converting items that reside outside your iTunes library.)

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BROKEN in iTUNES 7.3
Authored by: ScooterComputer on Jun 29, '07 01:57:22PM

This hint seems to be broken in iTunes 7.3 (I haven't checked 7.2...and I just upgraded both computer to 7.3).

The option-click the Import CD icon at the bottom of the iTunes viewer doesn't work. The option-click the "Advanced->Convert Selection to AAC..." hint, however, does still work.



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