Multiple nested music folders in iTunes, missing music, gah!
August 6, 2013 10:55 AM Subscribe
While attempting to migrate to a new desktop PC, I discovered that my iTunes library contains multiple, nested "music" directories much like this guy's
. Have any MeFites faced and solved this problem?
posted by onshi to computers & internet (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When I import the files as-is on the new PC, iTunes complains of being unable to locate all (or almost all - I can't be sure) of my non-iTunes Music Store music, which is a lot. I never noticed this on my old PC, so I *think* my music may still be there somewhere, just buried or scattered across multiple disparate versions of the "music\artist\album" directory structure.
I tried making a copy of the whole mess and manually digging through the various layers to find and collocate certain albums in the highest-level folder, and discovered while doing so that in several of the duplicate "music" folder structures the various "artist" and "album" folders do seem empty - worrying, to say the least.
Should I invest dozens of additional hours doing this, or is there a better way? Should I just give up and re-rip my substantial collection of CDs (yet again) or look for other optiosn first? I had a backup copy of my ripped music, but - naturally - the external drive they were on died while I was trying to solve this problem.
Not being at home, I can't describe the exact relationship between the various "music" subdirectories right now, but if it helps, I can do so later on.
Any ideas you can offer are much appreciated. I've always allowed iTunes to organize the library itself (which I tend to assume is the source of the problem), so simply checking that box off now and hoping for the best as is often recommended doesn't seem like a likely solution.