What I want in iTunes: Song Aliases

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by swiftaw, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    This is something I really want, the ability to have a song show up on many albums but only need one copy of it on the disk/ipod. For example, I have the song 'Bohemian Rhapsody' 4 times in my itunes library, one the original release album, Queen's Greatest Hits, and on two compilation albums. I really wish I didn't need to have 4 copies of the file on my disk. I would love the ability to have one copy on the disk and then aliases to it for the three albums.

    Of course, I could have chose not to rip in the last 3 times, but I don't like partial albums , even if it does end up with duplicate copies of a song on my disk.

    Does anyone else wish you could have song aliases?
  2. kgarner macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2004
    That's an interesting idea.I too have a few duplicates like that, but sometimes the versions are different. Like if I have song from a movie soundtrack and then from the real album they are often different lengths and such. But for those times where it really is a repeat it could be handy.
  3. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    Not worth the complication and development for the few times one might have exact duplicates (and even if they were not exactly the same).
  4. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    What would happen if you manually replaced one of the duplicate files (in your iTunes library) with a symlink to the original?

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