iTunes won't let me import files
June 10, 2008 10:10 AM   Subscribe

Why is iTunes preventing me adding files to the library? Used to work fine, but now iTunes informs me that "You do not have enough access privileges for this operation". I have checked (via Get Info in OSX) the Permissions for my Music folder and each of the relevant subfolders and all show that I have Read & Write permission. Arrrgghhh!

Further info:

Can't recall changing any settings, and it worked just fine until a few weeks ago.

OS X 10.5.3
iTunes 7.6.2 (9)
library resides on the primary drive of my MBP (Macintosh HD > Users > Puffmoike > Music > iTunes)
posted by puffmoike to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
have you checked your permissions on the iTunes library files? I think they live in the same general vicinity of the music folder itself.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 10:14 AM on June 10, 2008

Response by poster: Yep.

Checked Music, iTunes and iTunes Music folders, and the iTunes Music Library itself. All suggest I (and indeed any other users) have Read & Write privileges.
posted by puffmoike at 10:19 AM on June 10, 2008

You might try taking the steps outlined here.
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 10:21 AM on June 10, 2008

Response by poster: I (hope I successfully) followed the steps outlined in the link suggested by B(oYo)BIES - thanks for the tip - and did a Repair Disk Permissions on my Macintosh HD.

Once completed I tried adding files to my iTunes library, but again to no avail.

Anyone else got any ideas?
posted by puffmoike at 10:42 AM on June 10, 2008

Best answer: Further update -

I just realised that some of the individual band's folders within the library have a padlock symbol.

When I look at them with Get Info there is a message "You can only read" immediately above the area where it says I have "Read & Write" privileges.

Off to investigate how to unlock these folders (nothing intuitive seems to be working...)
posted by puffmoike at 11:06 AM on June 10, 2008

Response by poster: Funnily enough unchecking the 'Locked' checkbox had the desired effect. How much more intuitive could I have hped for? ;-)

Sorry to waste everyone's time; my Mac noob status has been revealed for all to see ...
posted by puffmoike at 11:18 AM on June 10, 2008

Response by poster: Final heads up for anyone in a similar predicament:

This post explains how to unlock in one go all subfolders and files of a particular folder: handy when one has nearly 10,000 such items!
posted by puffmoike at 11:29 AM on June 10, 2008

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