possible to replace/upgrade a song in iTunes while keeping the play count?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by jk73, May 5, 2015.

  1. jk73 macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2012
    Let's say I have two different versions of the same song, both of which have been matched by iTunes Match, and one of which is higher quality (i.e., better audio). I want to replace the lower-quality version with the higher-quality version, but I've listened to the lower-quality version 200 times and want to keep the play count. Is there a relatively easy way to do this without screwing up my iTunes library? Thanks.
  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I *think* if you close iTunes, replace the actual file in ~/Music, then load iTunes and re-play then it *should* maintain the play count. It's probably worth backing up your library file first though :)
  3. jk73 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2012
    Thanks. I did the above a few times before iTunes Match but haven't tried it since. I'm hoping someone has tried it post-iTunes Match and knows for sure.
  4. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    Just a few weeks ago I burned ALL of my CDs into a new, separate iTunes Library (for archiving as a backup), which holds all of CDs with music in Apple Lossless import setting.

    There are a few "albums" that I bought a long time ago that in my main iTunes Library (which is matched via iTunes Match) but aren't available in the iTunes store, and I've been meaning to re-import them for two reasons - to get the bit rate up and to "join" some tracks that are just meant to be together. Some of the those songs have lots of plays...

    I changed my "When a CD is inserted:" setting to "Ask to Import CD" and my import setting to the one I wanted for my main iTunes library.

    For the CDs I wanted to "upgrade", and when I was prompted to import, I pressed the "Cancel" key - then "joined" and/or checked the songs I wanted to import, then imported the selected music from the CD into my Main iTunes Library. I was asked whether I wanted to replace the selected music - I did - and the import commenced.

    My Play Count and Playlists were untouched - and I'm a happy camper. I then updated iTunes Match and all of the newly imported music was uploaded - and 192k to 256k files are available on my other Mac now. Nifty. :D

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