Listening to songs without adding them to iTunes library

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by raelkid, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. raelkid macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2006
    I'm getting used to Mac and iTunes and was wondering; how can I open and listen to a song (mp3) in iTunes without adding it to my library. I want to make a distinction between my library (organized music, with tags and all) and just songs I want to play just once or twice. Is that possible, or do I just add them to my library and delete them from it when I'm done?
    Sorry if this question has been answered before, I've tried the forum-search and it didn't help me...
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    I tend to use Quicktime for playing things I don't want in my iTunes library...
  3. raelkid thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2006
    Hmmmz... Okay... Does that mean that it's not possible to simply play a song in iTunes (ie. without adding it to the library)?
  4. vi2867 macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2006
    Eastvale, CA
    I think there is an option in iTunes Preferences that allows you to play songs and not add them to your library.
  5. LizKat macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    In Tiger OS at least, you can actually play an MP3 track right on your desktop or from wherever the file exists on your machine, using the mac's Preview application. Put your cursor on the song file, do a get-info command [apple-I] and in the information box that appears, look to where it says called Preview: then just click on the grey arrow and a typical playbar appears with a volume, start/pause etc.
  6. echeck macrumors 68000


    Apr 20, 2004
    Boise, Idaho
    Or just bring the file up in Finder and play it from there. That's how I listen to tracks I don't want to add, just make sure you don't double-click. ;)
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia

    Maybe... There's an option to not let iTunes copy the file to the Music Library Folder when adding to iTunes, but this basically just turns off iTunes' ability to manage your tracks.

    Although I use QuickTime for individual tracks in these circumstances, VLC might be a good alternative since it has playlists.

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