Extract files from multiple folders?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by adamvk, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. adamvk macrumors 65816

    adamvk

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    #1
    I would like to transfer my iTunes library to my phone to use as a secondary/backup iPod. The problem is that I have a lot of music, and iTunes organizes the music by putting music in separate folders via artist, and then more separate folders by album. This means there is no easy way to transfer all of my music over. I'd have to manually click on every folder, and copy songs one by one, which would take a super long time.

    Is there a way to like select my iTunes Music folder and be able to get all of my music?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Big Dave macrumors 6502

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    I would copy them all to one location. Let's say they are mp3 files. From terminal do:
    find / -name *.mp3 -exec cp {} /path/to/folder \;
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    Can't you just select all the music in iTunes and drag it onto the iPod (which one btw)?
    I have selected to manually manage my music, so no synch processes for my music come into play.

    Or do you want to copy your music via Finder?


    I have a 5G iPod (80GB) to which I dragged all my music via iTunes, if I want to restore from it, I can use Senuti (not free anymore) or exPod (free) to copy my music back from the iPod with the folder structure intact. As I have thousands of songs on it, using that Terminal command to copy all into one folder would seriously bring chaos into my collection (250 ripped CDs).

    Or do you mean something else entirely?
     
  4. adamvk thread starter macrumors 65816

    adamvk

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    #4
    I forgot you could just drag files from iTunes. Woops. :)

    Thank you!

    Also, thanks Big Dave, but this method is just easier.
     

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