If you’re looking to fix your iTunes library without using any fancy tools or software; just your computer, mouse and a bit of sweat, follow the steps below:
After hearing several people ask the question. What is the best way to fix or clean my iTunes library? I thought I would do a little digging into a few options for all you iTunes lovers out there. In this first method, we are just going focus on how we can edit your music library Manually right from iTunes. You may already be familiar with the iTunes and its functions, however I am going to start from the beginning and peel back the layers as we go. Lets assume that you already have iTunes set up with a decent music collection. As you’ve been collecting music you have noticed that not all tracks display the same way in the iTunes cover flow. Some songs have their cover art and a description, while other songs seem to have little or no information at all. This can be very frustrating indeed, but did you know, iTunes has a built in cover art search function? As a matter of fact iTunes can even retrieve track names for you as well.
Lets have a quick look at these features. If you would like iTunes to update the cover art of one of these broken tracks, simply right click on the song and scroll down to the option Get Album Artwork. This will prompt iTunes to search its data base and update your library with its best match.Please keep in mind, this feature does not always provide great results.
The same goes for the album information. Repeat the steps above, but this time scroll down to the Get Track Names option. Again this function is not always the best approach and can give you errors if you have not imported the album through iTunes. These option are really just your first line of defense in cleaning up your iTunes library.
Okay. Lets say that you are still bent on doing this the old fashion way. There is a way to edit your song information manually.That is, if you have the time and patience to do so. Lets have a look shall we? While in the iTunes browser, right click on the song you would like to edit and scroll down to the Get Info option. This will open a popup window containing several tabs, theses tabs contain your songs Metadata. Metadata is information stored in the music file containing the description of the that particular track. Theses er the most common fields.
- Track Title
- Album Title
- Track number
The following will guide you through the options in the iTunes popup window.
First you will notice the Summary tab. This is where iTunes displays the current state of the track you have selected. You will see the area where the cover artwork should be. Also you will see vital information pertaining to the size and quality of your selected song.
The Info tab is probably the most important option we will be focusing on. This is where you are going to be able to edit the information as you would like it to be displayed in iTunes.
Often, when you rip a CD into iTunes, it does not contain any information or Metadata. You may find your self in a situation where you must enter this information manually. Don’t sweat it, its not that hard. You simply must access a reputable web site that specializes in providing solid information for music lovers. My personal favorite is Discogs.com I have always been very successful finding the information i need here. There are other data base site out there as well, just find the one that suites you the best.
The Video tab is where you would edit the information of a video, however this section does not affect your music so we will skip over it for now.
Starting to second guess this manual clean up yet?
Next we have the Option tag. This tab allows you to edit and control the volume of the selected track as well as add an equalizer. If you like, you can rate your music selection here using the five star standard. You will also find some play back options here. You may find these function handy if you have albums that are mixed or Gapless.
The Lyrics tab is just what you would imagine it to be, a place where you can add the lyrics to your favorite songs with a simple copy and paste. There are several sites across the web where you can find this info.
The Artwork tab. This tab displays the cover art or the “Missing artwork” in some cases. Here we will look at how you can restore these images in your music library with just a few simple steps.
First of all. You will need to locate the artwork to you album online. Simply Goggling the album should give you enough choices when it come to searching for the cover art. If not, search from a site specializing in music data.
Try Discogs.com they are really my number one choice for music information. Who knows, you may even learn something about your favorite artist while you are there.
Once you have copied the image to your computer, you can then click the Add button in the Artwork tab. This will prompt a window to open where you will search on your computer for the recently copied artwork. Select the appropriate image and click the Open button. Have a look at the image now in its place on the Artwork tab, feel free to use the slider below the image to re-size if necessary. Once you are happy with the image go ahead and click the OK button.
Congratulations. You did it! You’ve successfully made edits to one of your music files in iTunes. So that’s a look into making manual edits to iTunes, perhaps now you may consider looking for something a little more automated. If so check out the section on How to fix iTunes using MP3 tag Or How to fix iTunes using Rinse.
Thanks for reading!