Ripped music has hidden files please help

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  1. snerkler macrumors 6502a

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    I rip all my music using iTunes on my Mac, and displays fine when viewing in finder. However, when I transfer my music to a USB memory stick to play in the car and view the files on my stereo (BMW iDrive), in the main menu I get 3 extra folders (.fseventsd, .Spotlight-V100, and .Trashes). Also, when I go to an album the tracks are duplicated, although the first 'copy' of the tracks are greyed out and won't play, and have the prefix ._01, ._02 etc. The tracks that can play have the prefix 01,02 etc.

    If I unhide files on the Mac the extra folders (.Trashes etc) show but cannot be deleted, but the duplicate songs don't appear. If I put the USB into my PC and unhide files, the extra folders are shown and can be deleted, as can the duplicate 'hidden' tracks.

    Why is this happening when I rip on the Mac, and is there a way to stop it? It's very annoying having to keep putting my USB into the PC to delete these files and folders everytime before transfering to my car. Worst case scenario is there a way to get the hidden tracks to show on the Mac (simply unhiding files doesn't) so that I can delete them on the Mac rather than having to dig out my old PC?

    FYI everytime I put the USB into the Mac the extra folders (.Trashes etc) appear again regardless of whether I've actually transfered any files. We get the same 'issues' with my wife's Mini too.

    Cheers.
     
  2. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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    It's not an issue. It's by design. Just like when you delete a file it's really not freeing the space until you empty the trash.
     
  3. justperry macrumors 604

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    This is completely normal behaviour on any disk on a mac, if you insert any Data carrier in a mac those files are automatically created and needed by the OS.
    You can delete them but they will be created each and every time you connect it to the Mac.

    So, you have to live with it, and, windows does the same but different names.
     
  4. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the replies. Ok, so I now know that it's supposed to do this, and it's needed by the Mac OS, is there a way to stop it showing on my car stereo via the mac, or is my only option the PC route as mentioned already?

    Windows may do the same but it doesn't show on other devices.
     
  5. justperry macrumors 604

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    You should blame your car's manufacturer, they should write better software so they don't show up, they seem to do that only for Windows.

    And, if I insert a NTFS disk they show up on my mac as well.
     
  6. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    The car shouldn't display those because they're hidden files, complain to BMW, their software is ****.
     
  7. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Aha, so it's a problem with the BMW software rather than the other way around. I get it now, sorry I'm fairly new to Mac in the grand scheme of things.
    It does baffle me why things still aren't fully Mac compatible, especially here in the UK. Macs are far more common now.

    Thanks for the help guys :)
     
  8. justperry macrumors 604

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    If I were you I would give feedback to BMW, they might not be aware of this and fix it, actually, nowadays they should be compatible with Mac's, there are many more now than 10 years ago.
     
  9. snorkelman, Jan 4, 2013
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    snorkelman macrumors 6502a

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    both of these look like they'll do what you want, albeit in different ways.

    Blue Harvest (commercial $15, 30 day trial)

    http://www.zeroonetwenty.com/blueharvest4/

    looks like it monitors selected drives and deletes these files as they're created on those drives.

    Eject For Windows (free)

    http://www011.upp.so-net.ne.jp/decafish/EjectForWindows/EjectForWindowsE.html

    Download it unpack it and drag it onto your dock. Anytime you want to eject a USB stick to take it to a PC or your BMW, drag it onto this icon (rather than onto the trash can as you normally would) to unmount it. It'll then clean off the offending files before unmounting.

    Usual 'I've not tried them so don't blame me' health warnings apply.

    if you do decide to use either of above probably best to restrict their use to things you can afford to lose i.e. sticks used as temporary stores for music n vids you keep copies of on your mac and just want to transfer spare copies of to the car, not sticks used to store the only copy of your just completed doctoral thesis :D
     
  10. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, will have a look at these. And I note your disclaimers ;)
     
  11. Weaselboy, Jan 4, 2013
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    Make a folder at the root of the USB drive called Music (or whatever you want), then dump all the MP3 files/folder in there. I just double checked and doing this I don't see the hidden folders in iDrive by using this method.

    When I select the USB key in iDrive it goes directly to scanning the albums without me even having to navigate to the Music folder.
     
  12. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, I'll try this first I think, failing this I'll try the eject for windows.

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    Thanks, more useful info there too.
     
  13. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Quick update. Eject for windows kept crashing and wouldn't unmount the USB, so have deleted that. Downloaded the free trial of Blueharvest and seems to be working fine and doing exactly what I wanted :)
     

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