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Ask the iTunes Guy: Manage your iTunes music library

Kirk McElhearn | April 27, 2015
This week, I look at a few questions about managing an iTunes music library, dealing with liner notes, album artwork in WAV files, and correcting capitalization in song titles. I also suggest a way to download music from the iTunes Store with an old Mac.

Fixing SONG title Case

Q: I have a bunch of MP3s that are inconsistently labeled, mostly all lower-case. Do you know a way to batch-change them into proper title case? For instance, I'd like to change "ray charles - america the beautiful" to "Ray Charles - America the Beautiful." I know how to do this by hand, but there are hundreds if not thousands just like it. Is there freeware or some inexpensive utility that can do this quickly and elegantly?

As is often the case, Doug Adams has an AppleScript that will do exactly what you want. Proper English Title Capitalization looks at any tracks you have selected and changes their tags — name, album, artist, composer, grouping, or show — to the correctly capitalized version. You can also set up exclusions, if you wish to not capitalize certain words.

Folders all the way down

Q: I have a number of playlists on my iMac that I sync to my iPhone. On the iMac, the playlists are in a folder, to keep them separate from other playlists that I do not want to sync. Whenever I sync the iPhone, the enclosing folder also gets synced to the phone, so to look at my playlists on the iPhone, I first have to open the enclosing folder. Is there away to just sync the playlists, and NOT the folder they are in?

I do the same thing. I have lots of folders, actually, with a number of playlists that I sync, and others that I don't sync. Many of these folders only have a single playlist that syncs to my devices, so I see those "top-level" folders on the device. Alas, iTunes replicates its playlist layout structure when you sync your content to an iOS device.

The only way to avoid this is to move the playlists out of folders. But if you depend on folders as I do, then it's not a good solution.

My Mac's too old to download

Q: I have an old iMac running OS X 10.6.8. The iTunes Store tells me I need 10.7.5 in order to download music. Is there a way to do this about which I am unaware, or am I just plain out of luck?

Do you have an iOS device? You can download to the device, then sync to the Mac; assuming that your version of iTunes supports your device.

Other than that, the only other way to do it would be to find someone else with a computer, log into your iTunes Store account, download the files, copy them to, say, a flash drive, and then copy them to your iMac.


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