: Itunes Genre's

Mar 24th, 2005, 10:15 PM
How does one go about editing (read delete) the growing list of Genre's
thanks in advance

Mar 24th, 2005, 11:31 PM
Highlight the songs, right or control-click the selection, choose "Get Info..."

Go down to the Genre field, and click the checkbox. Enter what you want, or nothing & it will delete.

Mar 25th, 2005, 07:13 AM
1) Make sure iTunes is not running. You're going to manually edit the library from outside it; don't have iTunes interfere.
2) In the Finder, navigate to "Music:iTunes" inside your home folder. You probably have three items appear in there: a binary Library file with an iTunes file icon, a Music folder containing the whole library hieararchy, and finally, an XML copy of the Library file.
3) Create a folder "Library Backup" in there (in "iTunes", not in the "iTunes Music" subfolder), and copy both library files in there.
4) Remove the binary file. We'll have iTunes will automatically re-create that later. (And you still have a backup anyway.)
5) Open the other file (with the ".xml" extension) in your favorite text editor. TextEdit will work fine.
6) Here's the important bit: do a Search and Replace, searching for "Hip Hop/Rap", and, of course, replacing it with "Hip-Hop/Rap".

Pray that it finds something. If it does, do a Replace All. If it doesn't, however, you can skip the rest and move the backups back to where they were, overwriting your copy of the XML file, because that means my suggestion didn't work.

7) Assuming it found something, and you replaced all occurences, save the file and close your text editor.
8) Open iTunes. Don't worry, your library isn't lost. Go to "File", "Import" and select the XML file you edited.

Mar 25th, 2005, 09:42 AM
I think I have a slightly easier way than gundamguy's, similar but more detailed than khummsein's:

Within iTunes, go to preferences.

In the General pane, you have the option to show Genres or not while browsing. Turn them off here, and you can forget about them.

If the Genres column in the list view is bugging you, go to the Edit menu and select View options... (last item). This allows you to pick and choose the columns to show.

If you still want to mass-edit Genres for some reason, including voiding the field, go back to Preferences. Select "Show genres when browsing."

In the Genres pane, select one or more genres. So if things are messy, select, say, Alternative, Alt-Rock, and Alt. Rock simultaneously, hit cmd-i, and you can now edit them all at once to say the same thing.

Feb 5th, 2008, 11:50 AM
I don't necessarily want to edit iTunes genres.

For the present, I just want to see a complete list of the genres iTunes offers and see where I want to go from there.

So...where the rat**** is it???