To restore order in your iTunes library
Most of us from one year to painstakingly collect your favorite music, which as a result appears in iTunes. Unfortunately, the media bibliotke can often find items with invalid tags and cover art, even without them, as well as many duplicates.
I offer you a consistent leadership, with which you will be able not only to clean up the library of the main media player Mac OS X, but also to maintain it regularly when new albums or individual songs.
we find tags
As a Windows user, I particularly never really thought about the correctness of the metadata of the music, as the role of the media browser to perform file system (when I knew what kind of music) or Other folder for everything else, full of unpretentious Untitled Track and Unknown Artist.
Switching to Mac and iTunes made me take another look at the form of organization of music, so I had to make a great effort to bring this bedlam in proper form. And I began, naturally, with the installation of the correct tags for music.
Manual filling of tags I don’t even consider it, because it is death like, but to dwell on several "genre representatives", perhaps,.
The most interesting of them is Jaikoz, which is available to Mac OS X, Windows and Linux users. Of course, it is not as good for working with secondary, less significant tags like an album artist, but with his help you can make the most important part of the work – to find and fill the main metadata: artist, album and the name of the composition, "Running" in the depths, probably, The most major music information base MusicBrainz.
To work the application, you need to select one of the items in the File menu (for example, Open Folder), then select the files in the left column with the numbers and in the context menu to click on the "Autocorrection" item.
After some time, you will see that there are no trace from unknown names, and even the cover appeared in music files. Just press the button with the image of a floppy disk in the menu bar and all the data obtained will be saved in music files.
Unfortunately, in trial mode Jaikoz allows you to process only 20 songs per session, so if the number of music to be treated exceeds the reasonable limits, it is worth thinking about buying an application or pay attention to a more advanced alternative in the form of Pollux – one of the best automatic "Tegners", for Which developer asks for only $ 10 per year.
You could see the overview of this application on the pages of Mak Radar. It is so easy to work with her that I will not even stop in detail on it. It is enough to highlight unknown tracks right in iTunes, click on the menu item "Tag Selected iTunes Tracks" and wait until the utility finishes its work.
Now we have only to fill out the missing secondary tags using the free MP3TAG app. Frankly, this application is designed (and should work) only in Windows. However, for us will not make problems run it through Winebottler. I will immediately note that by virtue of its origin, this utility will not be able to process some file names with Cyrillic and other specific symbols, which ultimately may result in their replacement for question marks or other "non-friendly" for Windows symbols.
Before working with tags, you need to select a source to search them in the Tag Sources menu. And if the application will find several possible options as a result of work, the user will be able to choose from the proposed list the most correct.
Also, MP3TAG allows batch processing of audio files in cases where automatic search for tags does not cope with the task. To do this, the Annex provides actions (Actions). They are dedicated to a whole section of references on the official website of the application.
In any case, you may encounter a situation that none of the above methods will help. For this incident there is an old and proven way – to do everything manually 🙂
All three above the applications considered are able to add covers for processed albums, and in iTunes there is even a special item of the context menu with the name "Get the cover of the album".
However, the availability of an application that makes it more or less automatically, always preferable. It is a free GimmeSometune utility, which represents a common type of applications called "ITunes controllers".
In addition to the fact that the application can display information about the current composition on the desktop, update the status of ICHAT while changing tracks, supports hotkeys, remote d / y Apple Remote and trouble on Last.FM, it can automatically load covers, if the song has no.
And how to enjoy the covers found? To do this, there is a similar utility called Coversutra. She has a rich story and a lot of fans around the world who made it "during the lifetime of the classics of the genre". Among its advantages: Many features, advanced search and universal controller, with which you can manage not only playback, but also by some iTunes settings.
In any case, for Coversutra will have to pay $ 5 in the Mac App Store or find a cheaper or free alternative (for example, Bowtie.
Add texts to songs
So, it seems to be dealt with tags and covers, but what if we suddenly want to sing with your favorite performer? To do this, in the iTunes metadata editing window (Command + i) provides a special bookmark "Words".
Manual search and insert texts, as in previous cases, can only be used in isolated cases, so we move to software solutions without delay.
At the beginning I would like to draw your attention to the Get Lyrical utility, which has already appeared on the pages of the Radar and has not changed from that time. Users still expects a minimalistic interface, supporting "hot keys", as well as indication of the success of several modes.
The second application was also devoted to a separate review not so long ago. In addition to the main possibilities, TunesArt can automatically download words for songs played from Lyricwiki and display them in a separate window.
And the third app – Lyrica – written on a 17-year-old German developer and is already sold at Mac App Store for the price of 0.$ 99 per copy. Its not enough convincing appearance is compensated by the possibility of searching for texts on 6 different services, "packet" processing of songs from one playlist and the search for the lyrics of the song in just a few rows. By the way, soon the developer promised to release the second version of the application, in which new text Internet databases will be added, transfer to other languages, performance improvements and a completely new user interface.
Remove duplicate songs
It should not have problems with this, because ITunes developers took care of the implementation of the function displaying all duplicates. To do this, you need to switch to the category Music and select "Show Duplicates".
At the same time, only duplicating compositions will remain in the window, which must be analyzed before removal, for they can be extended or concert versions of already available songs.
To switch to normal display mode, you can in the File menu or in the Library window itself select the "Show All" button.
We remove the music that never listened
Based on my own experience I can assume: if I did not have enough strength to listen to a certain album or composition, it is unlikely that it will ever happen. Therefore, you can try to get rid of the music lying on the "dead cargo" on the hard disk of the computer.
Smart playlist will help us in solving this problem. To create it, you can select the "New Smart Playlist" item in the menu, use the Command + Option + N combination or click on the Create Playlist button, located at the bottom of the window with a pinned Option key .
In the window that appears, the following sample conditions should be specified, which will take all the musical compositions for which the number of playback is zero:
Next, everything is simple – if you really do not need these compositions, you can delete them using the Option + Backspace keys combination, without forgetting to move unnecessary files to the basket.
Hostess: Option "Operational Update" allows you to maintain a playlist up to date, but in some cases can lead to a decrease in the performance of the music player.
By the way, in a similar way you can do with tracks, whose rating less than two stars – after all, and such "hits" come across from time to time. To do this, you can edit the current playlist or add another one, this time with the rating condition.
You can use this method very effectively if, of course, do not care about the conceptual integrity of albums.
That’s all. After these actions on our music library there will be any expensive watch. If you have any questions or you want to share your own recipes and your favorite programs to guide order in the iTunes library, please in the comments.