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Dragging in song files

From: iTunes 10 Essential Training

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In addition to importing music off audio CDs another way to get music into iTunes is to simply drag music files in. This is useful to know if someone emails you an audio file or maybe you've downloaded an audio file from another web site or music selling service and you want to add it to your iTunes library. So in this movie I would like to show you how to drag files into iTunes. Now before I do this, let's go back to iTunes > Preferences and again if you're on Windows it will be Edit > Preferences, and under the Advanced section I want to make sure that both Keep iTunes Media folder organized and Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library are both checked, and we're going to see the significance of this in just a moment.

Dragging in song files

In addition to importing music off audio CDs another way to get music into iTunes is to simply drag music files in. This is useful to know if someone emails you an audio file or maybe you've downloaded an audio file from another web site or music selling service and you want to add it to your iTunes library. So in this movie I would like to show you how to drag files into iTunes. Now before I do this, let's go back to iTunes > Preferences and again if you're on Windows it will be Edit > Preferences, and under the Advanced section I want to make sure that both Keep iTunes Media folder organized and Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library are both checked, and we're going to see the significance of this in just a moment.

I have copied to my desktop a folder called import from the Exercise Files folder and in this folder our five audio file I want to my iTunes library. To do so, I just select them all I can hit Command+A or Ctrl+A on Windows and I can drag them either into the main iTunes Music area here or into my Library, either way. You see that Plus symbol indicating that I'm going to be copying these files into iTunes. You might have seen just for a split second there that the center display said it was copying those file files over. And the reason it's copping those files is specifically because I had that option checked in Preferences, Copy files to iTunes Media folder.

If I didn't have that checked iTunes would still have added them to my Library so I could play them, but the actual files would have remained where they are in the import folder here on my desktop. But that's really not the best way to manage your music. It's better to keep all of your files organized so that's why you should keep this Copy files to iTunes Media folder option checked. That way all of your files will be in one location. So at this point, I could actually just delete the files in the Import folder on my desktop because iTunes has now created a copy of the files in my Library. To see where iTunes placed this music, I can right-click on one of the files that I just imported, for instance, this song called More To Lose.

I will right-click on that and I'll choose Show in Finder here on my Mac. If you're on Windows you would choose Show in Windows Explorer and that actually opens a folder on my computer containing the files. Let me just show you this in Windows. So here in Windows I again right-click on a file, choose Show in Windows Explorer. There is the file. Now, here in Windows you can see the path to the file right here at the top of the window. So you can see More To Lose is located in a folder called Goodnight To Everyone, The Jellybricks, Music, and I can go back even further and see the path all the way back to the C drive.

Now here on the Mac you can reveal the path to the folder by holding down the Command key and clicking the folder's name at the top of the window. So you can see that this again is in the folder called Goodnight To Everyone, inside The Jellybricks > Music > iTunes Music > iTunes > Music and then all the way back to my home folder. So this is exactly the path that's indicated under my iTunes music folder location preferences here in iTunes, /Users/garrick/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music. So iTunes copied those file over and organized them into their proper folders.

Now if I go out to my Finder and let's just follow the path straight for my home folder here, my Home folder, Music > iTunes > iTunes Music > Music > The Jellybricks > Goodnight To Everyone and there's that file, More To Lose. So iTunes created this entire folder structure for me based on the information included in the files I dragged in. All I had to do is drag in the files. Now but I do have some issues here, here in iTunes you can see that More To Lose is by The Jellybricks but I also have entries for songs by Jellybrick and Jellybricks, but the band's name is The Jellybricks.

Now there is even a track called Track 09, which is one of The Jellybricks songs I dragged in but it has no information tagged to it, so it's been dumped to the bottom of my library. If I show that file in my Finder you can see that it's in a folder called Unknown Album, which is in a folder called Unknown Artist. This is where iTunes will place any track that contains no information about the artist or album it comes from. So I need to change some of the info in these tracks to make them consistent. Especially if you browse for music based on the artist name, you don't want to have multiple variations of the name to search through.

So now you're going to see why it's important to keep that Keep iTunes music folder organized preference checked. So let me go back to the listing of music folders here in my Finder and you can see here we have Jellybrick and Jellybricks. We just move this over here where we can see it and I'll go back to iTunes. So keep your eye on Jellybrick here. We'll go back and find songs. So here I'm going to change the artist for the song Goodnight To Everyone from Jellybrick to The Jellybricks, and watch what happens over here in the Finder when I press Return.

You see the Jellybrick, the folder, completely disappeared. Now if I go and look in the folder The Jellybricks, I'll find that file sitting in Unknown Album, because if you look over here in iTunes, the album name Goodnight To Everyone is still unknown. So now I'll change that to Goodnight To Everyone, which is the title track. Notice that Unknown Album has now disappeared and if I look into Goodnight To Everyone there is the actual song.

So iTunes handles all this organizational stuff for you in the background. All you have to do is make your changes in the iTunes interface and iTunes will handle the rest. So let's fix these other songs. Both Ruin Us and Broken Record, these both also have to be changed to The Jellybricks and again we'll look in here in, Goodnight To Everyone, and you can see those songs now been added here as well. Finally, let's fix that track number nine. This is actually a song called "Up To You" and again, we'll add artist here.

Now because I change the artist and everything we're looking at in this view is an alphabetical order by artist, we'll go back and find the song, there it is, and lastly we'll just add the album name, and there it is. And again, if I look at in my Finder inside Goodnight To Everyone, Up To You is now been added to it. So those are just some things to keep in mind and to know about when you drag in files into iTunes. They're not always going to be as poorly named and tagged as these files were here, these are probably some extreme examples, but depending on where you're getting your music from sometimes you will get files that are completely named wrong.

But it's good to know that as long as you tell iTunes to keep things organized for you, all you have to do is edit things here in the iTunes interface and iTunes will handle all the background organizational stuff for you.

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iTunes 10 Essential Training

60 video lessons · 19489 viewers

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  1. 1m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 31m 45s
    1. Opening iTunes for the first time
      3m 20s
    2. Exploring the Source pane
      4m 49s
    3. Using the playback controls
      6m 33s
    4. Setting general preferences
      3m 21s
    5. Exploring the interface differences in the Mac and Windows versions
      7m 14s
    6. Setting parental controls
      4m 39s
    7. Using keyboard shortcuts
      1m 49s
  3. 57m 19s
    1. Understanding file formats
      8m 58s
    2. Importing from a CD
      5m 41s
    3. Entering song info manually
      8m 40s
    4. Finding and adding album artwork
      6m 41s
    5. Adding lyrics to songs
      4m 2s
    6. Dragging in song files
      6m 32s
    7. Converting single files
      2m 24s
    8. Using the Automatically Add to iTunes folder
      5m 0s
    9. Joining tracks
      4m 46s
    10. Importing videos
      4m 35s
  4. 25m 44s
    1. Consolidating your library
      4m 8s
    2. Upgrading to iTunes Media organization
      2m 29s
    3. Extending your library
      4m 47s
    4. Working with multiple libraries
      2m 38s
    5. Finding duplicate songs
      3m 56s
    6. Moving a library
      7m 46s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Browsing
      6m 34s
    2. Searching
      1m 52s
    3. The Snapback button
      1m 18s
    4. Rating songs
      2m 7s
    5. Exploring playback options
      9m 35s
    6. Creating playlists
      5m 53s
    7. Creating Smart Playlists
      7m 13s
    8. Creating playlist folders
      2m 55s
    9. Shuffling and repeating
      3m 4s
    10. Using iTunes DJ for party playlists
      7m 14s
    11. Using the Equalizer
      7m 1s
    12. Using the Visualizer
      4m 20s
    13. Using internet radio
      3m 27s
  6. 20m 6s
    1. Sharing over a network
      5m 6s
    2. Turning on home sharing
      4m 2s
    3. Burning discs
      6m 54s
    4. Using AirPlay to stream content from iTunes to an AppleTV or Airport Express
      4m 4s
  7. 38m 46s
    1. Store overview
      3m 29s
    2. Creating an account
      3m 28s
    3. Browsing for content
      4m 2s
    4. Searching for content
      3m 29s
    5. Purchasing content
      7m 32s
    6. Purchasing gifts for others
      3m 44s
    7. Redeeming iTunes gift certificates
      1m 15s
    8. Using the Genius sidebar and creating Genius playlists
      5m 50s
    9. Using the Ping social network
      5m 57s
  8. 9m 2s
    1. Finding and subscribing to podcasts
      6m 50s
    2. Listening to and interacting with enhanced podcasts
      2m 12s
  9. 27m 38s
    1. Managing your iPod
      7m 21s
    2. Syncing music and movies
      7m 16s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Syncing photos from a Windows computer
      3m 2s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 5s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Windows computer
      3m 3s
  10. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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