Is there any quick way to auto format song/artist titles in your iTunes library?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TH55, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. TH55 macrumors 68030

    Nov 5, 2011
    As in streamline the displayed name of an artist in all of their songs so they're all the same?

    For example from my downloading days I have multiple versions of Tupac's name varying from song to song: 2pac, 2Pac, Tupac, tupac, 2pac Shakur, etc. if I wanted to make them all "2Pac", is there any quick way to do that?

    Also is there any quick way to auto-capitalize all song and artist titles? I'm trying to clean up my iTunes library. Thanks.
  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Don't know of any intelligent metadata manager (am not up to date what's out there).

    However, if you are brave, iTunes' catalog is in an editable XML file, there are XML editors out there, so with a little CAREFUL work, you can just say, like on a text editor, replace all tupac to 2Pac. Highly recommend backup first, make a few change see if they stick, and continue if successful. Can't help with auto-Cap.
  3. jrm725 macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2011
    Just highlight all the songs with variations of 2pac in the "song" view. right click and edit them all at once. Just fill in the Artist and Album Artist with 2pac, or however you wanna spell it. Not that hard.
  4. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    You go to the XML file to edit the artist? Seems pretty excessive to me, just highlight the tracks in iTunes, Cmd+I, change the artist to what you want.
  5. TH55 thread starter macrumors 68030

    Nov 5, 2011
    A company as "advanced" and innovative as Apple should have a feature that automatically capitalizes artists and song titles as well as detects similar artist names.
  6. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    I work with customers, who some time insist on, if I can think it, then you can do it! they seem to imply.

    I just wish Kemosabe. I just wish.

    If they have a sense of humor, I throw out the, anything is possible, it just takes more money.
  7. jrm725 macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2011
    And a human being, an animal thats so "advanced" and innovative as they are, that can't follow easy 3-click directions, should just give up on technology if you can't follow those quite simple steps.
  8. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I honestly don't care if people pirate music. You'll get no sanctimonious finger-waving from me.

    But I do think it's ridiculous to expect Apple to put in any time and effort to fix the problems that arise from downloading pirated tracks. They invented the iTunes music store as the easy solution to these problems, why should they go out of their way to make the alternative downloading methods more appealing?
  9. TH55 thread starter macrumors 68030

    Nov 5, 2011
    A large majority of the tracks I download are from CDs I have already bought and lost/scratched. Any high profile mp3 software should accommodate these issues.

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