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    Renaming Music Files
    Hey all,

    I did a quick search but couldn't find anything on the topic.

    I am pretty anal about my music collection, and I have a certain way to name all of my files.

    Band - Album - Track # - Song Title.mp3

    eg. Pink Floyd - Animals - 01 - Pigs On The Wing (Part 1).mp3

    A lot of the downloads I get have different naming conventions, Track # - Song Title.mp3, etc.

    I've been changing these manually for all of my 7500+ songs, and now that I've switched to mac, I'm sure there has got to be an easier way.

    I'm positive I've heard/read something about a program that automatically renames your music files for you (not iTunes, I don't like it's sorting method), but I can't remember.

    Any help?

    OH, and a newbie question - I like having all my folders within another folder listed alphabetically at the top of the window, not scattered within the folder... any setting I could use o ensure that all the folders are at the top?

    Thanks so much!!!

    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by taran_wanderer View Post
    OH, and a newbie question - I like having all my folders within another folder listed alphabetically at the top of the window, not scattered within the folder... any setting I could use o ensure that all the folders are at the top?

    Thanks so much!!!

    Ian
    Can help with this question..

    Go into the folder/file you want and press cmd>j and then you can change how they are organised. In Arrange By you will have ..... Last modified, last created, name, size, label and kind. If you check Name they will be sorted in the folder alphabetically.

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    Ahem - shameless plug:
    equinux (where I work) has an app called SongGenie that can do this:
    equinux - Apple Software for finding, applying ID3 meta tag music information

    It looks the data up acoustically, so even if your song isn't tagged at all, it will recognize and tag it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aptmunich View Post
    Ahem - shameless plug:
    equinux (where I work) has an app called SongGenie that can do this:
    equinux - Apple Software for finding, applying ID3 meta tag music information

    It looks the data up acoustically, so even if your song isn't tagged at all, it will recognize and tag it.
    Appreciate the help, but I'm looking for something that will change the file name, not the ID3 Tag. Well, both in reality.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tattooedmac View Post
    Can help with this question..

    Go into the folder/file you want and press cmd>j and then you can change how they are organised. In Arrange By you will have ..... Last modified, last created, name, size, label and kind. If you check Name they will be sorted in the folder alphabetically.

    Cheers
    hey, thanks for your reply, but not exactly what I was looking for. Is there a way to sort by type AND name, so that all of the folders will be at the top of the screen followed by the rest of the files?

    Example...

    I have a "Downloads" Folder that has 6 folders in it. and about 30 other files at any given time.

    I want the folders to aways be at the top of the window, and the rest of the files to be underneath them. If I sort by type, the folders are grouped together, but not always at the top. If I sort by name, all the files in the window are alphabetical, but the folders get split up by name as well.

    I hope that makes sense.

    Like I said before, thank you for trying to help.

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    Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes ♫ Rename Files v1.2.1

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