There are at least 100,000 tracks on your iTunes library and trying to find anything is becoming impossible. How do you manage? Here are some tips and tricks to help you manage and maintain a huge iTunes music collection.
Whether you paid for your iTunes music or you were savvy enough to get yourself a free iTunes music voucherthe secret in keeping a large music collection in check lies in the way you go about dividing and managing the music. The trick is to start broad and then progressively get more refined.
An example of how starting broad is so effective would be to do a search for say ‘Queen’ and change the genre for all tracks to ‘Classic Rock’ Depending on how big your library is you may have fixed the genre for a few hundred songs. Do this with ten of your biggest artists and you have made massive progress in organizing your iTunes library.
Another trick to fixing larger portions of music at once is to use maintenance smart playlists to catch untagged stuff. Set up an Unrated (0 Star) Smart Playlist, and SPLs for tracks with no genre, no artist name, or no year. Here’s a good way to add year tags quickly: create an SPL for tags with no year, then type 19 in the search box. Chances are that most of the results will contain 19 because they have the year of issue in the album name or comments field. You can select and change the year quickly. This trick will save you a heap of time.
A general principle: organise your music based on the tags you′ve given it, instead of building a manual structure of Dumb Playlists. The only manual playlists you set up should be compilations… try to do everything with Smart Playlists – they are updated as your library changes.
When it comes to fixing the tags on your music, think broad again and instead of fixing the tag for each album, fix the type of tag for say genre instead and organise a few thousand tracks in the process.
Think of other ways that you can get to the music that you actually like and listen to. Try a smart playlist of tracks not played recently or never played at all and then rate these lower so that they do not come up as often in future.
iTunes now gives you access to a field called ‘Skip Count,’ so try a Smart Playlist with these Rules: Skip Count is greater than 3 and Rating is greater than 3. Select everything this Playlist finds and bump the rating down to 2 so you don’t see it as often.
You can also try to emply the help of automated tools and services to organize your iTunes music library but most of these come at a price. If you really have a huge iTunes music collection and you don’t want to organize it yourself then these tools can definitely help.
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