Need help import songs to iTunes in specific order

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by ohenriquez, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. ohenriquez macrumors member

    ohenriquez

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    Dear Forum members

    I have struggled to import songs into specific order
    I had carefully named songs starting with 0001 to 1000 ( I wrote numbers before name of the songs)
    I created a list of songs from 1 to 1000 (my favourites songs in that order) as I wanted to listen to them with my iPhone 6S Plus
    When I imported them, unfortunately iTunes sorted the songs in a random fashion (in the recently added section)
    It seems that iTunes deleted the numbers I created

    I wonder whether any of you know how to do this. I have looked everywhere but still unable to find answer

    I have El Capitan and last version of iTunes
    iMac retina 27 inches

    Thanks for your help

    Omar
     
  2. Partron22 macrumors 68000

    Partron22

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    You could probably use iTunes add command in an Applescript loop to step through the files one at a time, adding them in the order you want.
     
  3. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    As I am aware, playlist might be the most efficient way to add large amount of songs in a certain order. Don't mess up with numbers. iTunes will follow track numbers, not your customised numbers to sort.
    Try to create a playlist, and add your 1000 songs there.
     
  4. NoBoMac macrumors 6502a

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    Not near a computer right now, but, a possible easy solution is to create a playlist, add all the songs to that, sort the playlist on the name field.

    Otherwise, yes, can see it being "random", since iTunes uses track meta-data to organize by album, artist, etc.

    Also: seem to recall when tracks on disk are named like "01 - name of song", yes, that prefix gets stripped off the name of the track in iTunes: strips off the track number on the disc/LP and adds it to the iTunes meta-data for the "album's" song.
     
  5. ohenriquez thread starter macrumors member

    ohenriquez

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    Thanks for your responses, I will try to add them manually but it will take a while to add songs manually from 1 to 1000.
     

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