I like to name my .mp3 files in a particular way (artist - title.mp3). I know - iTunes doesn't do it that way. But I like it and I don't want iTunes dictating naming conventions to me and my way makes it very easy for me to load up a thumbdrive with .mp3s I want and take them to listen to at work (where we're not allowed to have iTunes) or on my Nokia N800 internet tablet.
I have the .mp3 Folder chosen in the Preferences -> Advanced -> iTunes Music folder location. However, sometime in the last year or so (perhaps when I had the flu or was stupider than usual), I clicked the 'copy to iTunes Music Folder when adding to Library' option.
Over time, I'd downloaded album artwork through a couple of widgets and using cut n' paste from websites, tried one of Doug's scripts to embed the artwork into the tag (I'm not sure how to tell if it works or not), tried to clean up titles and stuff... .
But I've also managed to 'copy to iTunes Music Folder' almost 9GBs of songs.
I'd really rather have *all* my .mp3s sitting in my .mp3 Folder and not in the iTunes Music one. And I'd like to save almost 9GBs.
I'd been fixing up my .mp3 files in TriTag, putting them into the .mp3 Folder and then manually dragging them into iTunes (I think this must have triggered the 'copy songs to...' and accounts for the 9-ishGBs).
1. Is there some script or application that will keep tabs of new files in the .mp3 Folder and automatically add them to the iTunes window so I don't have to try to remember every song I've just fixed in TriTag that I then have to drag to iTunes? I figure the songs in my .mp3 Folder should equal the songs (-podcasts) in the iTunes window and I figure I'm out about 200
So, obviously I missed quite a few
2. The iTunes Album Artwork folder is about 117MB in size. If I empty the iTunes Music folder, any guess as to how that'll affect the Artwork files since I'm not sure which music file the artwork's attached to; the original file I'd dragged from my .mp3 Folder or it would have given any copy in the iTunes Music folder priority so that I'd lose the link if I dump the iTunes Music Folder?
I'd just like to clean up my mess, get those missing songs into iTunes, not worry about losing songs into the abyss 'tween tweaking and listening in iTunes and make sure the pretty artwork I've found stays put, damned it