Why doesn't iTunes automatically play the files I open?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ltrain, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. ltrain macrumors newbie

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    I have a rather large collection of music, but I don't want all of it in my iTunes library, so I usually surf through my folders with Finder to find the songs I want. Lately, when I double-click to open the file, iTunes will add the song to the library, and then stop dead in its tracks. The current track stops and the newly-added one does not start playing. Has anyone else experienced this? I can play the new song by pressing Return, but this is really getting annoying.

    I've been using iTunes through several versions, and I think this problem only started with version 8. As far as I know, everything is up to date and I'm using iTunes 8.0.1. To rant a little, it seems to me that each new version of iTunes just gets more and more annoying without improving much.

    Thanks!
     
  2. ltrain thread starter macrumors newbie

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  3. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    I'm still running v7, but that is a setting under.

    preferences->advanced->importing->"play songs while importing or converting"

    I would assume it would be in a similar spot on v8.
     
  4. Sky Blue Guest

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    No longer an option in iTunes 8.
    Here's how you can activate it:


    Quit iTunes, open Terminal, type the following, then press Return:
    defaults write com.apple.iTunes play-songs-while-importing -bool TRUE

    http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20080910110016238
     
  5. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    Oh yikes. HOw am i going to remember that when i upgrade? LOL!!
     
  6. ltrain thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the responses, but the issue isn't playing while importing - it's playing when a file is opened. iTunes just copies it to the library and doesn't start playing the new file.
     
  7. Sky Blue Guest

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    That is importing.
     
  8. ltrain thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I thought the import settings applied to a file being ripped from a CD. Regardless, that didn't seem to alleviate the problem - tried running it both as my own user and as root. Has it worked for anyone else? Any other ideas?
     

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