Comparing files in iTunes & Music folder in Finder

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  1. mrsr71 macrumors member

    mrsr71

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    Is it possible to compare the files in the Music folder in Finder to the the Music files in iTunes?

    I'm trying to determine if they are the same.

    Thanks...
     
  2. Partron22 macrumors 68020

    Partron22

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    A Get Info iTunes Media/Music will give you a music file count, including folders.
    If you want better, you'll need to go to AppleScript, and compare file names and and track names.
    That'll be tricky, because file names look like this "1-01 Enter Sandman.mp3", and track names look like this "Enter Sandman".
    Doing this is not a casual undertaking.
    Have a look at Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes to see if he has a suitable solution.
     
  3. mrsr71 thread starter macrumors member

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    I’m a novice at this. Can you briefly explain how this is done?

    Thank you
     
  4. Partron22 macrumors 68020

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    Find your music folder inside your iTunes folder. Start by clicking on the music folder, and keep opening until you find another music folder. The pathe to mine is
    /Volumes/Io/Music/iTunes\ 12/iTunes\ Media/Music
    Yours will be a bit different.
    The inside of that folder will have a bunch of folders like:
    Code:
    AC DC
    Acid Witch
    Adrian Legg
    Aerosmith
    Aes Dana
    Do NOT manually drag things in or out of these folders. It will mess up iTunes something awful.
    You can have iTunes open while you are looking at this. Without programming, you should be able to find whether the folders with the music you are looking for are present.

    Another option is to type the name of a song into Spotlight. If it's there, Spotlight should let you pay it.
     

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