Move your iTunes library to another user and search the iTunes Store efficiently

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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It’s time for another grab-bag column, with a number of interesting questions I’ve gotten from readers recently. I look at whether or not you can get around Apple’s limit of 25,000 songs with iTunes Match, I discuss some ways to search the iTunes Store more efficiently, and I look at a question whose answer requires a smart playlist.

Q: I am currently using iTunes Match, and am maxed out on songs. Is it possible to add music to my iTunes library without it being added to iTunes Match? I would like to keep iTunes Match active but would also like to add more music to my library.

The short answer is no. iTunes Match’s 25,000 song limit is an issue for many users, myself included. I discussed this in an article last year, iTunes Match: One year in.

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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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