Finding Lost and Miscategorized Items in 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 was retagging movies to TV shows and accidentally tagged one as iTunes U. Now, it has disappeared in iTunes. I can’t find it anywhere. Not in Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts or iTunes U. However, it does show up on my Apple TV in iTunes U. How do I correct this?
A: The main Podcasts and iTunes U sections in iTunes work a little bit differently in terms of how content is displayed, since they organize content by subscriptions rather than simply as a flat list. Specifically, the “Album” tag is used for the name of the Podcast or iTunes U subscription, and content that does not include anything in the “Album” field ends up actually being hidden from view. Most items in the “Movies” category—even those purchased from the iTunes Store—are not part of any kind of “Album” and therefore this field is usually blank in this case.
The good news is that it’s not that hard to ferret out hidden tracks such as these. The key is that a Smart Playlist in iTunes will search the entire library for any content that meets its criteria and display it in a standard listing. You can get a view of everything in your library that has been categories as “iTunes U” with a Smart Playlist such as the following:
The same trick can be used to find stray or mis-categorized Podcasts, and you could even create a single Smart Playlist that shows all of the content from both categories. This can be useful for checking these categories to make sure there’s nothing else that’s been hidden away in there accidentally. It’s also not uncommon to find a few stray podcast episodes wandering around from subscriptions that you had otherwise thought long gone.
If you’re only dealing with a single video file and you remember what you had called it, you can also simply create a more basic Smart Playlist that looks for that particular item by name, or some other known field, without specifying a Media Kind at al. Since Smart Playlists will search your entire library, it will return a list of any item that matches your criteria, regardless of the particular kind of item.
Also keep in mind that both the Search field and the iTunes Column Browser work within Smart Playlists. You can bring up the Column Browser by pressing CMD+B (Mac) or CTRL+B (Windows) or by choosing Column Browser, Show Column Browser from the iTunes View menu.
These options can help narrow down your search if you’re dealing with a large list, but note that the Column Browser only displays entries for tags that have actually been filled in, so it may be less helpful if you have items that do not have all of the necessary tags.
- 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?
- Report: AirPods delay due to problems with wireless audio synchronization
- Apple offering hands-on demos of Super Mario Run in stores
- Report: Apple pursuing studio agreements for early movie rentals
- Apple releases seventh beta of iOS 10.2 to developers
- Apple makes its picks for best iPhone, iPad and Apple TV apps of 2016
- Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes ‘all the benefits of iTunes Match’
- Apple Music tops 20 million subscribers
- Apple blames ‘external factors’ for iPhone fires in China
- Rumor: 2017 iPhones won’t include glass chassis or wireless charging; will add red color
- Top Apple supplier Foxconn planning U.S. investment
- Elgato Eve Light Switch
- iHome iPLWBT5 Docking Clock Radio for iPhone and Apple Watch
- Brydge 12.9 iPad Pro Keyboard
- Sen.se GuardPeanut
- iHome iZBT10 Zenergy Bedside Sleep Therapy Speaker
- Twelve South HiRise Duet for Apple Watch and iPhone
- IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitor
- JBL Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate Headphones
- Edifier e235 Luna E Speaker System
- Clamcase ClamCase+ for 9.7” iPad Pro
- Top Five: The Best Products for Building a Smart Home with HomeKit
- 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