Automatically adding music to iTunes
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: I have a large music library and everytime I get new music it doesn’t show up in my iTunes library. I manage my music manually and don’t have a separate iTunes folder for my music. Sometimes I get a bunch of music at once and it’s ridiculous to have to put each song/album in my library separately just so I can add them one at a time in iTunes and have them show up correctly. Is there any way to designate a folder for my music, like I do right now, and have the songs/folders I drop in my music folder just show up in iTunes when it loads? Seems other programs work like that, I have to be doing something wrong.
A: No, you’re not specifically doing anything wrong. Rather, this is just how iTunes works. There has never been a specific “watched folder” concept in iTunes, as the normal design philosophy of the application expects that you will add the music through iTunes itself, and then allow it to copy your music for you if you so desire.
If you’re letting iTunes manage your music library in its own folder, adding music is generally as simple as dragging the new tracks onto the iTunes window, and allowing iTunes to copy and organize your tracks for you. On the other hand, if you keep your music in a separate folder and use your own organization system, you can add the tracks to iTunes in the same way - drag and drop them into the iTunes window, but you’ll need to ensure that the option to Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library is turned OFF in your iTunes preferences (this setting can be found under the “Advanced” tab). Further, you’ll need to ensure you’ve placed your music in its final location before doing this, since if you later rename these tracks or move them to a different folder iTunes will lose track of them.
Fortunately, for those who do want to implement a “watched folder” solution, there are a couple of third-party tools that can assist with this process: iTunes Folder Watch will watch a specified folder and automatically add any new music found there to your iTunes library, and iTunes Library Updater takes this a step further by keeping your iTunes library synchronized with an external directory structure of music files. We should note that these are third-party solutions, and therefore not supported by Apple in any way, although you can find more information at the developers’ sites above, as well as discussion of these and other similar solutions in our Third-Party Software forum in the iLounge Discussion Forums.
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- ConnectSense Smart Outlet adds power monitoring, reduces price
- Automatic releases new Automatic Lite version of car monitoring accessory
- Apple releases fourth tvOS 10.0.1 beta
- iOS dev finds unimplemented one-handed keyboard in iOS code
- Apple sends out press invites for ‘Hello Again’ Oct. 27 Mac event
- Apple releases fifth beta of iOS 10.1 to developers
- Apple partners with builders to include HomeKit-enabled devices in new homes
- Report about Apple Pay in Japan hints at Oct. 25 release for iOS 10.1
- Apple Pay adds 20+ new U.S. banks and credit unions, MBNA Canada coming ‘mid-2017’
- Misfit launches Phase smartwatch
- Incase Icon, Pop, and Textured Snap for iPhone 7/7 Plus
- Philips Hue Motion Sensor
- Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature Headphones
- Tech Armor FlexProtect and Shock Flex for iPhone 7/7 Plus
- SwitchEasy Flash and Fleur for iPhone 7/7 Plus
- Blue Microphones Raspberry Mobile Microphone
- Incipio Haven for iPhone 7 and Reprieve Sport for iPhone 7 Plus
- Mophie Hold Force Magnetic Case System for iPhone 7
- Speck Presidio and Tech21 Evo Tactical for iPhone 7
- Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge Rockstar
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of watchOS 3
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 10
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets Advanced Computer Vision
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers ‘clarity and simplicity’
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Maps gets a major redesign
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 shakes up the user experience
- Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost
- Inside the betas: A sneak peek at what’s new in tvOS 10
- Filling the Gap: A look at third-party HomeKit apps