What does iTunes read to display song information?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by blumpkin, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. blumpkin macrumors regular

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    Does iTunes read directly from the ID3 tags to display song info? I'm a new Mac user and I'm asking because on my previous Windows machine, I had to maintain two things, (1) the file name (Artist - Song Title) and then (2) that same information in the ID3 tag. Because I like my music library neat and organized, I kept the two in sync, which made things kind of a pain in the ass sometimes.

    However with iTunes, I notice that whatever changes I make in the ID3 tag (via right-click > "Get Info") show up immediately in the list. Does it read straight from the tag? That would be quite nice.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, it does. It doesn't matter what the file name is. The info displayed in iTunes comes from the tags.

    Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes is a great resource for managing your iTunes tags and files.

    This script will rename files, based on information in the tags: File Renamer
    This one will populate the song name with the file name: Filenames to Song Names
     
  3. blumpkin, Oct 10, 2011
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    blumpkin thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. I see that the actual file names are updated immediately in Finder too.
     
  4. blumpkin thread starter macrumors regular

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    So is there a Windows equivalent of a "file name" that remains static and unchanged somewhere on my machine as I edit ID3 tags directly in iTunes? I tried searching the web to no avail - just found a bunch of people complaining that their "file names" got screwed up when importing songs into iTunes because it reads from the ID3 tag. To me this is perfect, as I only have to manage the ID3 info and don't have to bother with a file name anywhere.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you have iTunes manage your files, you don't need to worry about what file names are. If you care about your music file names and folder structure (as I do), you can manage them yourself. Go to iTunes > Preferences > Advanced and uncheck the top box indicated.
    iTunes > Preferences > Advanced > organize & copy checkboxes.PNG
    I keep both boxes unchecked. Then I just choose my existing music folder as the iTunes Media folder (above those checkboxes). Now I can name and organize my files any way I choose, without iTunes interfering with file names.
     

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