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extracting my music files

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  1. lydia.c_xx

    lydia.c_xx Thread Starter

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    this might not be much of a problem but just wondering if there's any suggestions to help me out...

    i have over 3000 songs on my computer and want them all in one place, but when i used to have iTunes it put them all into individual folders by their artists... is there any quick way to extract all my music out of these folders and into one place? as opposed to dragging them out one at a time... :( :confused:
     
  2. stantley

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    Here's one way you could do it. Get Karen's Directory Printer and create a list of all your music files. You would use the full path+filename and have it search sub-directories so it would go through all folders and subfolders.

    You'd end up with a text file of all your filenames. Replace all C:\ with Copy C:\ which will leave you with a big file of copy statements. Change the extension of that file from .txt to .bat and you'll have a DOS batch file. Put that file in the sub-directory where you want the files to go and execute it. You could either use copy or you could also use move.
     
  3. lydia.c_xx

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    alright, i think i underestimated how good i was with computers, that post didnt particularly help me much. are there any simpler possibilities?
     
  4. stantley

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    Offhand I can't think of another way. It sounds more complicated than it actually is. Maybe get Karen's Directory Printer and see if you can create a list of all of your files. You might have to try a few times to get familiar with the program.

    Once you have that, post back and I can step you through the rest of it.
     
  5. DarqueMist

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    I can't really help you here but thought I'd let you know that someone out here shares your grief. As much as I like iTunes, I hate the way it organizes and names files you rip with it. When I last reformatted my computer I made sure to turn off "keep iTunes folder organized" so I wouldn't end up with all those folders/sub folders again and I just keep my music in one directory and manually update iTunes when needed. I know its after the fact advice but keep that box unticked or you will end up with a lot of duplicate files when it tries to reorganize after you put everything in a single folder.

    Good luck in finding a simple solution to moving them all ... I'm curious as to what it may be myself. I'd have just sat down with a pot of coffee and started dragging them to where I wanted them.
     
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    1) Create the folder you want to move them to. Leave it sitting on your desktop, so you can drag the songs to it.

    2) Open up Search (or Find) and type in the named field:

    *.mp3 (or whatever the extensions are). If you have multiple extensions, I'd say repeat the process individually for each extension. Although you can do them all at once.

    3) Highlight all (click Edit and choose Select all) and drag them to the target folder

    sekirt
     
  7. lydia.c_xx

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    using the search doesn't appear to work, there are no search results?
     
  8. lydia.c_xx

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    might be a bit of an odd question, but do i actually need to print out my list of files?
     
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    Be sure search is searching your entire C:\ drive and also subfolders.

    sekirt
     
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    Are you starting your search in the top level of your iTunes folder?

    Do you have "Search subfolders" checked off under "More advanced options"?

    Are you seraching for the correct filename extensions (mp3, m4a, m4p)?
     
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    I would go with sekirt's idea, much easier than my suggestion. I forgot you could move files from the search box.
     
  12. DarqueMist

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    sekirt gave you a pretty simple solution there, if you used itunes to rip the music along with *.mp3 also search for *.m4p (I think thats the extension used by the itunes music store) and *.aac (thats the extension that iTunes defaults to using when you import songs from a CD)
     
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