iTunes: Way to change Artist, Album, etc. en masse?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by dontmatter, Apr 15, 2004.

  1. dontmatter macrumors 6502a

    For music I've gotten from my PC friends(always causing trouble...[playful sarcasm]) the files often don't have complete id3 tags, and it's a pain in the neck to have an organized library. I found an apple script (sorry, don't remember where) that lets me take files where all the information is in the file name and take stuff between dashes and put it in the right place, but it isn't great. It only does it starting with the first item, and parsing it down, but sometimes things are out of order, and also, you can't do track number (or anything after it) unless you do it by the individual song, instead of the album. Any solutions? I really wish there was a way, and there probably is but I can't find it, to just fill in something and fill down. Autofill is too slow, because you still have to select the file name individually. Any suggestions, please tell me, because otherwise I'm going to have to organize a 19 CD set of Mozart into volumes, and I'm not looking forward to it.

  2. Diatribe macrumors 601


    Jan 8, 2004
    Back in the motherland
    Do you mean the actual file names or just the metadata? As for metadata just highlight/select multiple items in iTunes and click on information and change them. Or is it sth. else you want to do?
  3. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    I don't know if there is a shortcut. For artist, album name,year of release,album art and other things that effect multiple songs you can change many songs at once. For song name you have to change them one at a time. Highlight the song(s) in the iTunes library and hit command-i, then the info tab to make changes.
  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    i would check out This Site if you are interested in using applescripts, you might find one that will do exactly what you are looking for, otherwise i agree with what others have said already
  5. dontmatter thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Yeah, thanks, that's where I found the applescript I mentioned. good stuff there.
  6. dontmatter thread starter macrumors 6502a

    As I suspected-so blatently obvious that I completely missed that as an option.

  7. dontmatter thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Um, I'm not quite sure what metadata is? And yeah, highliting multiple tracks at, how did I miss that one. Should help for all but moving track numbers from the name to ....not sure what to call where they're supposed to be.

    Thanks so much. Always such knowledgeable people here
  8. Diatribe macrumors 601


    Jan 8, 2004
    Back in the motherland
    Metadata is the data in the ID3 tags.
    And yeah, tracks you'd have to do by yourself... that's the price you pay for not ripping yourself ;)

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