iTunes: Won't find files after renaming them

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    Ancandis

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    This should be a simple one:

    In iTunes I manage my music manually.
    Sometimes I need to change a song's file name because something was spelled incorrectly.


    To change a song's file name I rename it in Finder. iTunes is running the background. Now here's the catch:
    After renaming a file I check whether iTunes detected its new location (CMD+I for "Get Info"). Mostly iTunes DOES recognize the new file path, but sometimes it doesn't.

    What helps iTunes detecting the new location?
    I really can't see a pattern in iTunes' behavior.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Dave Braine

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    Why rename it in Finder? Messing about inside the Music folders can lead to problems as you've found out. If you want to rename a track either do it from the Info panel, or click twice(not double click) on a track, and then it will become editible.
     
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    Ancandis

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    The ID3 tags are already correct.

    I have to rename the files as I need to access my music from other programs as well. (and want to have it all consistently)
     
  4. macrumors 68000

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    Does the odd behaviour occur only when you rename in a specific way, or change the name of the folder as well as the files - it is very likely that there is a very specific pattern that causes iTunes not to automatically find it :)
     
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    Ancandis

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    The only change I did was to add "1." at the beginning.
    (So it looks like this: "1.01 Song Title.mp3")

    On one album it even did work for the four tracks while it did _not_ for the remaining ones. :confused:
     
  6. macrumors 68000

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    Sounds like an iTunes bug to me, especially if its exhibiting it in a temper-mental fashion.
     
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    Ancandis

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    Can some members here please report back if their iTunes shows the same issues? *
    Adding one or two characters at the beginning of the file names should be managable.

    Thanks :)

    * Given that you manage your library manually
     
  8. macrumors regular

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    I have this problem too.

    I also manage my music manually. When I organize my music by renaming or moving them to another folder iTunes doesn't find it. I used to move my mp3 files from folder to folder without problems when I had iTunes 9 and I noticed the problem in iTunes 9.0.3.
     
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    Sky Blue

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    Ancandis

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    Great to hear other users care about this issue, too.

    Did your iTunes 9.0.3 lose _all_ files in a folder you moved or only some files? Have you closed iTunes before moving folders or was it still running?
     
  11. macrumors regular

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    Only the files I moved. It has also removed some songs from the library and from the hard drive. I know I didn't delete the songs and I doubt someone else erased it.

    I move the files when iTunes is not running. If I move an mp3 while playing the song on iTunes there's no problem.
     
  12. macrumors member

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    I've noticed this odd behavior too.

    I usually put everything in the "Download" folder and then organize from there later when I have time. When I first got my Mac, I was amazed at how even if I renamed or moved the file, iTunes will figure it out and just run like nothing has happened. Even while the file is being used!! This was a big plus that I saw Mac had over a PC.

    Recently, I've had more ! marks on my iTunes playlist. I'm not sure what happened. But as memo90061 mentioned, it was odd when it happened and when it didn't. I do think this was a bug with a previous version. I'm on v9.2.1 and it looks like it's working like it used to now but I still have to fix the one's that have been broken from the previous version.
     

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