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Organize the iTunes folder in Finder with iTunes 9
Authored by: David Allen on Sep 12, '09 08:20:00PM

It worked perfectly for me with a modest library of about 1000 songs, 35 movies, 20 subscribed podcasts, 50 TV Shows and 20 audiobooks. I ended with a folder with a song that was part of an album and an empty folder with an unfamiliar artist's name.

I put the song in the Automatically add to iTunes folder and it immediately filed the song correctly. Then I trashed the two empty folders.

David Austin Allen
Monterrey, NL, MX

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Organize the iTunes folder in Finder with iTunes 9
Authored by: teacy123 on Sep 13, '09 04:15:42AM

I guess different folks have different definitions of perfect :-) From my perspective as a developer it is hard to screw up a couple of file move operations. And if they fail the operating system tells you, so you can tell the user. So whether it failed on 1000 or on 2 files, this is shoddy coding. I filed a bug report with Apple, let's see what it brings.

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Organize the iTunes folder in Finder with iTunes 9
Authored by: CarlRJ on Sep 13, '09 01:32:43PM

I don't think it's bad coding, I suspect it's uncovering structural problems in user's iTunes collections (bad entries in the db, or disagreement between the db and the directory tree). It's moving the files associated with every track in your iTunes database (I'd be rather certain it isn't just moving the folders around wholesale), but if there's anything left over, well, what would you propose it do? Re-add the tracks? They might be duplicates; they might be corrupt; they might not be filetypes iTunes understands. It should, perhaps, put up a dialog saying that there were some things that it didn't know how to handle, and move those leftover folders into one top-level folder (though even that might be more confusion than it's worth, for the 90% of Mac users who don't pay attention to technical details on sites like this).

FWIW, I ended up with one extra empty folder, that was for an artist where I remember having done some odd file renaming directly in the filesystem. No other extra folders. I think the process is working as planned.

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