itunes library possibly not seeing all files

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by jctivo, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. jctivo macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2011
    I need some help.

    I don't have a MAC so I can't use applescripts.

    Before I knew better, sometimes in the past I have copied music into the itunes folders without adding it properly through the itunes interface and/or the automatically add to itunes folder.

    I have the organize option checked.

    So now, I want to check to make sure there aren't files in the itunes folders on the pc that itunes isn't seeing.

    Is this making sense?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. greenchiliman macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2010
    Open iTunes and see how many songs you have. Open iTunes folder from My Computer and see how many files you have. Do they match?
  3. SplicedBanjo macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2011
    You should be able to just locate your iTunes Music folder in Windows Explorer (probably in your home folder under something like My Music\iTunes\iTunes Media) and drag and drop the folder icon onto the main iTunes window.

    (You could also use the command File->Add Folder to Library and add your whole iTunes Media folder.)

    It might make you nervous to drop items onto iTunes that are already in iTunes, but iTunes is smart enough to not add duplicates to your library if you do this (or at least that's how it has always worked for me, in both Mac and Windows).
  4. jctivo thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2011

    I will try that splicedbanjo.

    I was worried about dups.
  5. SplicedBanjo macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2011
    I've never seen duplicates occur this way, but even if it did happen somehow, you could just delete your entire iTunes library and choose "Keep Files," then drag the iTunes Media folder onto iTunes again.

    I would only recommend that as a "last resort" though, since you may lose Play Counts and other metadata.
  6. jctivo thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2011
    1.mp3 problem

    before checking for missing tracks, I'm trying to clean up dups.

    right now I have lots of dups with 1.mp3 in the filename but I can't search on them in itunes.

    So if I do display duplicates, I have to go to info on each track to find the one with the 1.mp3 to delete. I wish there was an easier way for that.

    I could find them all in beyondcompare and delete them but then they are still in my itunes library and I won't know they aren't there until I click on them and get the funny ! mark.
  7. BlackTofu macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Just open iTunes and choose the music files from library, open the location, back up them, and then reinstall your iTunes and add all of them into iTunes.

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