iTunes - Getting Track Names workaround?

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  1. kirkbross, Jan 28, 2011
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    kirkbross macrumors 6502a

    kirkbross

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    I have a billion tracks in my iTunes with only the song title and length, but no artist. Is there a way to get artist names other than Advanced > Get Track Names to get track names? These are songs that were not imported using iTunes.

    Other tracks don't even have track names, just "Track 12" (and the length naturally) -- I'm assuming there's no automatic way of getting that info and that I just have to manually go through and listen and label each one?

    I bought Song Sergeant which is awesome for what it does, but doesn't access the CDDB.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    First, I have a suspicion that you're exaggerating. I bet you don't have more than 800 million tracks in your iTunes library! :D

    How did you get so many tracks with no info? When you rip CDs, it usually rips the track info along with the song.
     
  3. kirkbross thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Years ago I would never import using iTunes -- I would just insert a CD and drag the files from the disc into a folder on my desktop. When doing it this way, it just gives you Track 01, Track 02, etc..

    Live and learn I suppose. There is no way I'm going to drag out of storage my ten trillion quintillion boxes of CDs and re-import them using iTunes :)

    I guess I'm more interested getting the artist names for the ones WITH track names, but no artist name. I could certainly listen to the songs one by one.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    There you go exaggerating again! I bet it's no more than nine and a half trillion quintillion boxes. Sounds like you have a mess on your hands. Unfortunately, there's no easy way to automate the process. Seriously, how many songs are in your library?
     
  5. kirkbross thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    About 4,700 total and about 1,700 with label issues.

    Someone should write an app that takes the limited information -- like "Track 08" plus the track length -- and does a CDDB query. I know it would bring back hundreds, if not thousands of matches, but in some cases it might be a fairly quick match. And maybe a separate internal search adding "Date Added" to find clusters of songs that might be on the same album if sequenced correctly.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Oh, I thought you meant a LOT! 1,700 isn't too much to do it manually. It will take some time, but you can do a little each day and have it knocked out in a week or so. That's only about 100 albums, give or take.
    The problem is, there could be dozens or hundreds of albums where Track 8 is the same length, but different songs. In the same way, Track 8 on the same album may be 3:24 in one library but 3:25 in another.
    As for the "date added", you should be able to see this information in Finder.
     
  7. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    I currently have 3941 songs, about half that needed to be reorganized (full artists names w/ features, album artwork, etc.) and it's definitely doable but very time consuming. I had a few days off from school and worked or reorganizing my whole iTunes library including making sub-playlists for all the artists. If you really wanted to, you could probably be done in a week like GGJ said.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Just curious. Why create playlists for each artist, when you can easily search, sort and select artists with the browser? That could be a LOT of playlists! (over 2,300 in my case).
     
  9. kirkbross thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Because it makes it easier to shuffle play a particular selection of songs.
     

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