Removing tracks without messing up the order (iTunes 10)

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  1. macstatic macrumors 6502a

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    Oct 21, 2005
    #1
    Some audio book CDs contain tracks that say nothing but "CD #3 -Chapter 11 ... blah blah blah.." and are obviously of no interest when transferring to an iPod. However, if after having imported all the CDs for that book and I want to remove them (either by physically deleting those tracks or uncrossing the tick-mark in the very leftmost column) the tracks aren't re-ordered the way I was hoping for, but instead just have those deleted tracks' numbers missing.

    Is there a simple way to reorder tracks so that it doesn't seem like tracks are missing?
     
  2. macstatic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oct 21, 2005
    #2
    Perhaps my explanation was a little vague :confused:

    Let's say the tracks imported from the CDs show up like this in iTunes, with their corresponding track numbers:

    1. CD # 1 intro
    2. a song
    3. this is a song too
    4. another song
    5. CD # 2 intro
    6. yet another song
    7. a song here too
    8. and finally one more song

    However, I'm not interested in keeping "CD #1 intro" and "CD #2 intro", but if I remove them (or uncheck the them by clicking on the box to the left of the list in iTunes) those track numbers just go missing, like this:

    2. a song
    3. this is a song too
    4. another song
    6. yet another song
    7. a song here too
    8. and finally one more song


    What I want to do is have the track numbers reordered like this, after having removed the tracks I don't want:

    1. a song
    2. this is a song too
    3. another song
    4. yet another song
    5. a song here too
    6. and finally one more song

    is this possible without some major hassle?
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    May 16, 2008
    #3
    In ordering albums, there are a few things to consider. First, for all tracks of an album to sort together, there must be exactly matching data in all 4 of the following fields:
    • Album
    • Album Artist
    • Sort Album
    • Sort Album Artist
    Use the Disc # field to identify discs in a multi-CD album.

    If you want to re-number the tracks, you'll either have to do that manually, or use scripts. Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes is a great resource for managing your iTunes tags and files.
     

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