Tote around your iTunes library and more on iBooks

Kirk McElhearn Senior Contributor, Macworld

Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn (@mcelhearn) writes The Ask the iTunes Guy column and writes about Macs, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He's also the author of Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ.
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Following my last column, which focused on the new iBooks app, I’ve gotten several more questions about iBooks, and I answer two of them here. I also look at a tricky question about moving the contents of an iTunes library back and forth between two Macs, and answer a question about a smart playlist with nested conditions.

Q: When I updated to Mavericks and my books were transferred out of iTunes, some of my digital booklets (album liner notes) made the trip to iBooks and some didn’t. I was able to drag them out of iTunes to iBooks, but not vice-versa. Newly purchased digital booklets stay in iTunes unless I move them. Is there any rhyme or reason to this behavior? Is there a way to get them back into iTunes if I want them there?

It should depend on whether they were in your Books library or your Music library. In my case, those in the Music library—which is where they go when you buy them through iTunes—stayed in iTunes.

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Of iTunes and iBooks

Kirk McElhearn Senior Contributor, Macworld

Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn (@mcelhearn) writes The Ask the iTunes Guy column and writes about Macs, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He's also the author of Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ.
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Since the release of OS X Mavericks, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about ebooks and iTunes. I address three of these in this week’s column. I also look at a question about smart playlists with nested conditions, and a way to keep Christmas music from coming up in shuffle mode on an iPod.

Q: Since I’ve upgraded to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, I notice that iTunes no longer has a Books section; all the books have moved to iBooks. Under this new scheme, how do I sync books to my iPhone or iPad?

You’re correct that since Mavericks has an iBooks app, you’ll find that iTunes no longer stores your books. The first time you select the Books library in iTunes, the app will offer to take you to iBooks, which will then import your books. It will not, however, move your audiobooks; these stay in iTunes, and the Books library gets renamed Audiobooks.

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Your tricky iTunes questions answered

Kirk McElhearn Senior Contributor, Macworld

Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn (@mcelhearn) writes The Ask the iTunes Guy column and writes about Macs, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He's also the author of Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ.
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I’ve been getting a lot of interesting, if obscure, questions lately, including one—regarding adding album art to high-resolution AIFF files—that took me a while to solve. In this week’s column, I share that tale; discuss duplicating just the music part of an iTunes library; and tell you how to find your podcast playlists in the iOS Podcasts app.

Q: Is there a way to sort music on an iPod classic by date added?

No, you can’t actually sort the music on the iPod in that way, but you can create a smart playlist in iTunes that will let you view it by date added, and sync the playlist to the iPod.

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Deal with WAV files and combine random tracks into albums

Kirk McElhearn Senior Contributor, Macworld

Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn (@mcelhearn) writes The Ask the iTunes Guy column and writes about Macs, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He's also the author of Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ.
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In a grab-bag column this week, I answer some questions about tagging a bunch of singles as an album, and I discuss tagging WAV files in iTunes. I also take on the HD-versus-SD debate—as in, is it worthwhile to pay more for HD video content?

Q: I’ve got a number of singles that are tagged individually, but I’d also like to group them as an album. I don’t want to make a playlist, but I do want them to show as an album in all views in iTunes. How can I do this?

You can’t tag the same songs in two ways, so what you need to do is duplicate the tracks. Start by making a new folder on your desktop. In iTunes, select the tracks you want to “albumize,” and then drag them to that new folder to copy the tracks.

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Restore album art on iOS devices, and get the iTunes Store app to work in iOS 7

Kirk McElhearn Senior Contributor, Macworld

Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn (@mcelhearn) writes The Ask the iTunes Guy column and writes about Macs, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He's also the author of Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ.
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This week’s column looks at some problems involving album art going AWOL on iOS devices, and the iTunes Store app having trouble getting up in the morning with iOS 7. I also answer a couple of iTunes Store questions related to gifting items and copying links to songs.

Q: I have a number of album covers that got scrambled in the move to iOS 7; some albums now show the wrong artwork. Any ideas on what happened and how to fix it?

Problems with album artwork on iPods and iOS devices are common. Sometimes nothing displays at all; other times the wrong artwork appears. The only solution I’ve ever found to such troubles is a bit radical: Delete all the music on the iOS device and resync the music.

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Rename iTunes Radio stations and find missing podcasts

Kirk McElhearn Senior Contributor, Macworld

Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn (@mcelhearn) writes The Ask the iTunes Guy column and writes about Macs, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He's also the author of Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ.
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With a new iOS version and new iPhone hardware comes an updated version of iTunes. This week’s column covers a problem with missing podcasts in iTunes 11.1 and explains how to change the names of iTunes Radio stations. And because the best way to keep your iTunes library organized is to make sure your tags are correct—if they’re not consistent, you’ll have trouble finding music and other content when you want to play something—I also address a number of questions about tags.

Q: I like iTunes Radio, but I was wondering if it’s possible to change the names of any of the iTunes Radio stations?

You can’t change the names of the Featured Stations; these are the ones at the top of the iTunes Radio window that are programmed by Apple. But you can change the names of any stations that you created. If you create a station from a song with a long name, such as “Half-Step Mississippi Uptown Toodeloo,” you might want to shorten that name. To do this, click the radio station’s icon in the iTunes window to expand the view. Click the name, and you’ll see that it becomes highlighted. Type the name you want, and press Return. The new name will propagate to all your devices that are linked to your iTunes Store account.

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More on playlists and syncing music to an iPod shuffle

Kirk McElhearn Senior Contributor, Macworld

Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn (@mcelhearn) writes The Ask the iTunes Guy column and writes about Macs, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He's also the author of Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ.
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I get lots of questions about playlists: how to create them, how to work with them, and how to organize them. In this week’s column, I look at several questions related to playlists, and I also tackle a bonus question about syncing music to an iPod shuffle.

Q: I listen to a lot of electronic music, and have various DJ sets and albums on my iPod, but I’d like to simplify the way they’re organized. For example, I have four Dave Seaman mix albums, and each album contains around 30 tracks, but at the moment they are all in the playlist “dave seaman.” Can I have a “dave seaman” playlist, and then within that playlist have the albums in separate lists so that I don’t have to scroll through 90-odd tracks to find the album I want to play?

Yes, you can do this with a playlist folder, which is similar to a folder in the Finder, in that it can contain other playlists and subfolders.

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