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A quick fix for files added to the library ...
Authored by: infectme on Jun 11, '03 07:56:46PM

This is a great tip, but as other users have pointed out, it does still add the files to your library in itunes 4.

A small way around this: If you haven't added anything else to your library that day, a quick fix for this is to simply create a new Smart Playlist that is made with the criteria: Date Added is [today]. You can add other criteria to make it even more specific, but this seems to work fine.

This will at least allow you to see all of the songs that were imported on that day. Now you can control-click them to bring up a menu of options. You can select "Show song file" from the contextual menu that pops up which will take you to the finder with a window displaying the newly encoding file(s). Just drag these out of that folder into whatever folder you want to store it in. Go back to itunes and if you want to delete these songs from your library, select them and hold down [option] while pressing the [delete] key. You will be asked "are you sure you want to delete these songs from your library" and of course, since we already moved them out using the finder, click yes and they will then be removed from your library listing.

And that's it, the songs you just added are gone from the library but encoding as mp3 and saved somewhere else. I hope this was clear enough to understand and replicate.



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A quick fix for files added to the library ...
Authored by: sjk on Jun 14, '04 02:44:43PM
Good tip re: Date Added playlist. That's probably the first Smart Playlist I created. :-)

If the "Copy files to iTunes Music library when adding to library" preference is unchecked then Option-Delete only removes entries from the music library (and all playlists) but not corresponding files in the music folder. That library vs. folder distinction is often muddled. I remember being uncertain at first whether or not files were being deleted.

iTunes seems begging for improvements to manage multiple music collections stored under different folder hierarchies, regardless of how they're organized. Some "smart-style" preferences to auto-select locations and organizational structures when adding/transcoding files would be useful, reducing the need to futz with Finder and Terminal, or post-process with AppleScript, to do those things. The ability to conveniently work with different music folders directly within iTunes is a higher priority for me than having multiple libraries.

Btw, Command-R is a handy shortcut for Show Song File.

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