OK, this is it – I’ve had it. If you’ve been in this game for a while, this is probably how it happened:
– When MP3 appeared as a technology you started ripping CDs
– Other MP3 files magically
– You fiddled around a lot with ID3 tags, album art – manually and/or using several tools
– This put songs from collection albums to the original albums, messing up both playlists and albums
– You synced your library to online services like iTunes Match, Google Music or Amazon MP3
The last step: you realize that all those online services can’t agree on the important bits:
– Which Album does it belong to (Google tends to create more than one Album for what is One only on my iTunes library)
– What should the Album art look like
To summarize: This is messed up. Instead of a clean representation of my music library I ended up with a huge pile of MP3 files with no coherent order. The simple task of downloading my favourite songs to a phone becomes next to impossible.
I think I need to restart. Here’s my plan, please let me know if this is realistic:
– Copy the files from my local library to an external drive.
– Clean my iTunes Library.
– Start importing folders back into an IMPORT playlist, fixing all tags and artwork in the process.
This would make sure all files end up clean as a whistle. Ye, it may take some time, but right now my whole library is useless.
Now for the online part: Can you let me know your experience with different services – which one syncs the best? iTunes Match obviously works well for iTunes, but where else do I upload to without messing up my library structure?