Organizing your iTunes library

June 03, 2016

I don’t like disorder among my PC files, and the same extends to my iTunes library. Even if you don’t mind having a little disorder, it can help to have your files properly organized because it makes the transfer of media a lot easier. These are some of the tips you can use to ensure your entire library is easily accessible and manageable.

Assigning file types

iTunes contains various media files, including music, music videos, films, video clips, audiobooks, podcasts and even iTunes U files. It’s cumbersome to try and synchronize these files to your iOS device when the files are jumbled up, so it’s better to have the files sorted. Luckily, iTunes can group all these files into their proper categories, but you need to specify the file types yourself.

  1. Select the file(s) you want to edit and right-click; from the menu, click on ‘Get info’
  2. Select the ‘Options’ tab and from the file type menu, assign the correct file type
  3. Sometimes this doesn’t work, but that’s only because the file may be set to ‘Read only’ status.
  4. For these files, right-click on them and select ‘Show in windows explorer’, that will lead to the location where the files are stored, and you can right-click once more, go to ‘Properties and uncheck the ‘read only’ check box at the bottom then click on ‘Ok’
  5. Repeat the process once more, and this time, it should work

Adding information to music files

iTunes has built-in features to add album art to music files as well as add missing information. This is available from the main menu:

Click on ‘File’ to display the drop-down menu

Scroll down to ‘Library’ then select ‘Get album artwork’ if you want to do so. It is also possible to ‘Get track names’ of you want the actual names of the songs you have rather than the naming you have at the moment.

Auto-levelling music

Not all music files will have the same volume, some will definitely be louder than others, and this feature analyses the music and makes them have the same volume. That creates a more enjoyable listening experience, and you won’t have to keep altering the volume. Just go to iTunes preferences from the title menu then check the ‘Sound check’ check box. It usually takes some time, but it has a significant impact especially if you spend a lot of time listening to music.

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