Re: First Impressions of iTunes 11
I've never seen such a folder but even so if such a folder exists, That doesn't solve the problem because it requires me to move my files out of my music folder. I don't want them stored in and "automatically add to itunes folder." I want my files in my music folder. plus i can manually add them, the whole point is not to find a different way to manually add them to itunes but rather to have itunes update itself in the background automatically without me having to do. All my music is on an external drive in a music folder. so i get a new single i'll add it to my music folder into, for example, F:\Music\Hip-Hop\Singles. But what your suggesting is then i move it from there into some other folder. Then i have duplicate files wasting hard drive space. That's organizationally horrible. I think the problem is the way Macs run. They make it hard for you to keep your files. They don't want me to keep my files in my own folder which seems ridiculous. Itunes if you let it will completely screw up your files and tries to rename them making it impossible to know what a song is from the file name or what album it's in. And if you need to email a song it's good luck finding it. If your hard drive get's corrupted as mine once did and you have to recover everything there's no telling what the music files are if you're lucky enough to recover them. Who would name files "48ldelcr?" That's some weird apple our users don't touch files thing. They kinda, dumb the user experience down and make it hard to store and back up your files. Same thing in iphoto that i've seen on my mother's computer where once you add a jpeg it's really hard to find the original file to send to someone or edit in photoshop. The point is itunes should simply monitor my music folder for any changes within the folder. That's what almost every other music jukebox software does.
Originally Posted by Karenkcoulter
Now i don't know about this folder you speak of. maybe it's a mac thing. i'm on windows but it doesn't exist on my computer and for the above reasons it's still not a solution because it would require me to move the mp3 file out of it's proper place my music folder. And the other thing if i manually have to place it in the folder it's not a solution. I manually have to add it to itunes right now.
There is a flaw in your assumption though, lol. My files are in fact meticulously tagged correctly and in folders by genre. They are in folders, because with 128 GBs, and 24,000 songs they can't be in one utterly unorganized folder. Every file is, not just tagged correctly, but the file named accurately by artist, song number then song title. I tagged most stuff with "Tag & Rename" software and through the online tagging database in Tag and Rename. A problem is occasionally you find out that a song is incorrectly tagged in the database. Like i had a single with a rapper and an r&b singer in the chorus but i found out that song was incorrectly attributed to the R&B singer when it should have been given to the rapper. That is the Artists field was wrong. And that meant the file name was also wrong. So i had to rename the file. Itunes can't see that It gives you an exclamation and forces me to look for the file. Why? Itunes should just look be monitoring the folder and update. Another problem I get is if i add one single to my music folder, i have to manually add it to itunes because itunes doesn't look at the music folder. Or if i delete a file from my hard drive (like if i realize it's a duplicate file) then there's a dead exclamation link is still in itunes. Or for example, I have a bunch of John Mayer albums, I only started listening to him for his blues guitar trio so i had his albums listed as blues. But upon listening to one of his older album some are more pop, the later ones are rock (loosely used) or folk or something but they aren't blues. Thus they are incorrectly tagged. So i retagged them and moved them to the appropriate pop or rock folder. Winamp, mediamonkey would simply recognize automatically and update my library. iTunes goes "duh" and adds exclamation points forcing me to manually delete entries, then navigate back the file structure in windows explorer and manually add the newly moved album back into itunes by dragging and dropping.
Originally Posted by Karenkcoulter
Another point is thinking about the term you (& I) used, "tagged correctly" and another point is for lots of my music there is no correct tag. That is there is part of my music that are rap freestyles, underground unreleased stuff, promos, singles, I used to be a dj and i have maybe 13 mixtape albums of my own. Rap mixtapes are often full of one off in studio freestyle tracks. Some of this stuff isn't released commercially or in an traditional album structure, there's no proper album tag. For freestyles there isn't one artist. And you may find later it's not the artist rapping you think it is. So I go back and reedit the tag when you find out new information. Thankfully that's rare now as it's all pretty much sorted and tagged well but it took literally years to get to this point. Another reason why i've no interesting in Apple renaming all my files and ruining years of work.
I remember before i used to have to use some program called "itunes library updater" to try to force itunes to rescan folders and remove dead links. iTunes Library Updater Screenshots i haven't used winamp for like a decade so i can't speak to it now but it had "watch folders." You told it where the library is and you could customize how often it scanned or if it scanned automatically. there was another called itunes folder watch. don't know if they still work. This is from the winamp faq page describing what i mean by watching folders.
This is what it's been missing for years and year. So instead of forcing me to as you have above move my files into one specific automatically add folder. I specify which folders are watched and it's periodically rescanned for changes either manually, at a specified time or at a specified duration, say every hour. Regardless, i don't want it dumbed down and i want it smartened up. What happened to "it just works?" If it can monitor changes in podcast position in icloud between two different ios devices it should be able to monitor the contents of one local folder and update the itunes library automatically.
Q: always put all my music and videos in the same place, is there any way to configure Winamp to periodically check for any new media and automatically add it into my Library?
A:Absolutely. Winamp supports a feature called "Watch Folders". Using this feature, you can specify folders you wish Winamp to scan for new media.FAQ - Winamp Help
Everyone does there things there way and i think that's fine. I just think they could make it alot simpler for users, that would be in line with their ethos of it just works, it would improve the user experience and do nothing to alter the behavior of people using it the current way and it would be a much better product.