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    Not sure if I'm posting this in the right place, but we'll see what happens.

    Anyways, I'm looking for a program that'll help me clean up my 1+ TB music collection, and I thought you guys would know best what to look for.

    Preferably something I can easily get for free, as I don't have any money.

    Again, sorry if this is in the wrong place.
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    what do you mean clean up? just go through your library and delete anything you don't want.
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    Hold down the Ctrl key.

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    I mean, rename things that are incorrectly named, get album artwork, delete duplicates. That sorta thing. Make it look nice.
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    I bought TuneUP for my mac after seeing the demo at Macworld a few years ago. It renames all random songs I got from Limewire and the like oh so long ago. I've been pretty happy with it, but with the advent of the Mac app store I'll bet something better has come along for free for mac.
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    TuneUp will also fuck up a lot of your tracks (name them the wrong thing, etc)
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    tuneup gives you 200 changes for free i think

    also try http://www.fixyouritunes.com/fix-itunes-song-names/
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    Default Re: Music Library Clean Up

    Itunes has "get album artwork" and "display duplicates" features.

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    iTunes can do it, but I hate iTunes. I personally use Tag & Rename. I believe it is shareware. I am not sure of the limitations if you don't pay, and it's not automated- but I don't trust automated software, because they tend to screw things up.

    It has the ability to check CDDB as well as Amazon. It can rename files, folders, add artwork, pull all the Track/Album info from the previously mentioned sources. It's a really nice piece of software. I recently used it to retag all of my MP3's. It took awhile since it's somewhat manual, but at least you know everything is right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by citizenerased View Post
    Itunes has "get album artwork" and "display duplicates" features.
    Those things don't always work. And what I'm more specifically talking about is when you've downloaded way too many albums without proper tags. For example I've got hundreds of songs without track numbers and even more with all the information consolidated into the track name, and I'm looking for a program that'll save me the time it'd take to sort through them all individually.

    Once again, something that I can hopefully get for free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmjamalawesome View Post
    TuneUp will also fuck up a lot of your tracks (name them the wrong thing, etc)
    Only time I've ever really run into something like this was when it was an obscure remix of a song or a mash up by a random mash up DJ. My biggest complaint about TuneUp is its album art functionality. It also seems to want to label many songs as from some random best of 'party hits', 'NOW!' or 'one-hit wonder album compilation opposed to the original artists' album. This may have to do with random downloads from limewire and the like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZachTheEskimo View Post
    I mean, rename things that are incorrectly named, get album artwork, delete duplicates. That sorta thing. Make it look nice.
    Delete your hard drive and start buying music. The music is usually named correctly, includes artwork and doesn't have duplicates.

    Problem solved.

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    Tag & Rename.

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    Quote Originally Posted by faxman75 View Post
    Delete your hard drive and start buying music. The music is usually named correctly, includes artwork and doesn't have duplicates.

    Problem solved.
    I buy music, just not all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by faxman75 View Post
    Delete your hard drive and start buying music. The music is usually named correctly, includes artwork and doesn't have duplicates.

    Problem solved.
    75% when I upload a CD I legally bought it doesn't have tracklisting or artist name or album
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    ^true. I'm anal about the info in my iTunes, I like it way organized so I just change it as the music is acquired... and the "get album artwork" on iTunes works about 80-90% of the time. So long as the album title is right.

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    This is why I got into the habit of correctly tagging everything I put into my library the moment I add it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TickleMeElmo View Post
    This is why I got into the habit of correctly tagging everything I put into my library the moment I add it.
    I'm starting to get into this habit, but in the mean time I've got 4-5 years of recklessly collecting I gotta account for.
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    Just delete everything that is named "track 01" "track 02" etc. When you want to listen to whatever it was (since you didn't even know in the first place) you can just re-download it. For the time being you'll have more HD space, and once you get it again the tags will all be done correctly and the quality will be much higher I'm sure. Piracy 4-5 years ago was crap compared to what's going on now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyTheLongFace View Post
    75% when I upload a CD I legally bought it doesn't have tracklisting or artist name or album
    That sucks. I haven't purchased a CD in years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PotVsKtl View Post
    Tag & Rename.
    yup
    *based upon tedious fact checking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TickleMeElmo View Post
    This is why I got into the habit of correctly tagging everything I put into my library the moment I add it.
    This.

    If you care about consistency the best way to do it is manually go through each album and tag it the way you want it. Every tagging program I have ever tried sucks.
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    Do it manually. I've been doing it with my massive music collection for a long time now. I've been pretty lazy about it lately, but over time it gets done. I use Winamp's media library to retitle things so I can do full artists catalogs all at once instead of song by song or album by album.
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    you need to keep a few things in mind while organizing your music collection.....

    the best way to do it is manually. I know this sounds tedious but its the only way your files are going to transfer correctly. You basically have to go through all the songs and edit their properties.... however, there are alternatives, if you want organize the info directly on your itunes how you want it. In theory it should save the format when and if you re-enter it back into your itunes. Another thing to take into consideration is there are programs that will copy the itunes format back onto your hard drive.

    The most important thing to rmember is that if you decide to organize directly on your hard drive you should basically wipe your itunes clean because once the file titles are changed itunes wont be able to locate the specific file.

    Im coming up on a year of reorganizing my 2T:

    basically looks like this -

    MUSIC < BAND NAME < (DATE) Album Title
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    first step, stop using itunes

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    Quote Originally Posted by menikmati View Post
    first step, stop using itunes
    second step? Third step?
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    itunes is the perfect jukebox, not to mention its easy for burning cds/playlists and the auto sound equalizer is pretty on point. I did however realize the unimportance of keeping things organized on itunes and more so keeping things in order on my external. But there is nothing wrong w/ using itunes.

    * ive used the actual store less than a handful of times.
    * i do run an older version
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    Yeah, I'm fine with using iTunes. I don't understand the hate, it's just simple.

    I guess it should be noted after all the responses I've decided getting over my laziness and just organizing manually is the best way to go.
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    Isn't there some awful hardcore band you should be listening to?

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    Why exactly do people hate iTunes? I never understood that. It organizes and plays my music. That's all you need, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyboyUNM View Post
    Why exactly do people hate iTunes? I never understood that. It organizes and plays my music. That's all you need, right?
    I think it might have something to do with the fact that when you buy songs they're in a protected format, and that they don't automatically upload cds to desirable formats, instead opting for AAC, but those are both easily fixable. . .don't buy from the store, and change the upload settings.
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    Isn't there some awful hardcore band you should be listening to?

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