iTunes automatic addition of audio to the library

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  1. CustandCoco, May 20, 2011
    Last edited: May 20, 2011

    CustandCoco macrumors newbie

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    Dear Mac Users

    If this question has been answered before, kindly point me to the right post, as I could not find the answer myself.

    Problem:
    I am using iTunes 9.1.1 (12), on Macbook Pro OS X (10.6.4). Whenever I play any file on iTunes, it automatically adds the file to the iTunes Library. I have a lot of voice memos and other audio clips that are not music. If I play them even once, they get automatically added to the iTunes library. Then, when I am listening to music, these memos and non-music files start playing with the music.

    Need Help:
    I want iTunes to stop automatically add to its library any audio file I play. It is a very frustrating and counter-intuitive feature.

    I have already done:
    I have already un-ticked the PREFERENCE>ADVANCED>COPY FILES TO ITUNES MEDIA FOLDER option. So now I don't get two copies. But still, all the audio files played even once on iTunes get automatically added to the library.

    I am a recent migrate from Windows, and so far, I am regretting it. I would appreciate inputs from fellow Mac users. Thank you.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    #2
    There's no way to stop iTunes from adding played songs to the library. However, it's quite easy to get rid of them. When it adds a song, it automatically checks it. If you uncheck everything in your library before you play such songs, you can have a smart playlist to show only checked items. That makes it simple to identify these unwanted songs, so you can delete them.
     
  3. hollerz macrumors 6502a

    hollerz

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    Durham, UK
    #3
    Do you need to play them in iTunes? You can set OS X to open all mp3's, m4a's etc. in QuickTime instead. It's quick and easy to listen to them, and it won't add it to your iTunes library.

    See http://www.fileinfo.com/help/mac-change-program.html

    or just Right click the file > Open With > QuickTime Player.
     

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