iTunes Media Folder

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by oliviervdv, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. oliviervdv macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2012

    I am getting prepared to migrate from Windows to Mac and I am doing tests with iTunes.

    I imported the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, as I wanted to see how the files would be organized.
    I was glad to see it is stored under the Various Artists folder, which means iTunes used the Album Artist tag.
    However, the filenames themselves are strange...

    Sometimes, it is %track% - %artist% - %title%
    Sometimes, it is %track% %title%

    Why not all the same?
    It's the same album and all songs are tagged properly... so why??

    Thanks for the help.

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    This is exactly why I prefer to manage my media files myself, rather than let iTunes do it. I just leave the following boxes unchecked and keep my file/folder structure and my preferred file naming convention.

    In iTunes > Preferences > Advanced uncheck these boxes:
  3. oliviervdv thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2012
    Yeah I am aware of those options and I'm trying to decide whether to use them or not.
    Guess I won't :)

    However any music I buy from iTunes will be named according to iTunes rules right?
    Which means I still would have to do some manual work afterwards...
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes, but renaming them doesn't have to be too manual. Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes is a great resource for managing your iTunes tags and files.

    Here are a few scripts that I've found particularly useful:

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