Ask the iTunes Guy: The last one

This column has been running bi-monthly for more than five years, but this week’s installment is the last one. I’ve answered hundreds of iTunes questions and have never run out of topics. iTunes is a complex app; it does many things, and, as such, can be hard to understand. Some of the questions I’ve covered have been relatively simple to explain, but many of them have had me scratch my head to find answers.

In this final column, I want to address a few high-level questions about iTunes; these are questions I get very often, but generally don’t cover in the column.

Thanks to everyone who sent in questions by email over the years, and to all those who have read Ask the iTunes Guy regularly.

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Ask the iTunes Guy: Consolidating iTunes libraries, deleting songs, correcting an email address for an iTunes account

iTunes is great at storing all your music and other media, but only if you let it. If, like one correspondent, you have a number of hard drives with old iTunes Media folders, you need to do some work to consolidate them. In other news, iTunes has changed the way you delete files from your library, but not from the cloud. And if iTunes displays a “session expired” dialog, here’s how to fix it.

Q: I have multiple iTunes Music folders from different old hard drives that were dying, and they all now reside on an external HD. One of them is in my iTunes Media folder, others are named Music 2, 3, etc. I am struggling to find an efficient way to consolidate all the music into the iTunes Media folder. Currently I have to open two Finder windows highlighting two different Music folders to manually compare contents, select the correct content and then drag it into the correct folder; then delete the artist and album from Music 2, and then repeat this dozens of times. Is there a better way?

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Ask the iTunes Guy: Movie metadata, authentication requests, and more

Sometimes you have to scratch your head at the way things work on a computer, and even more so with iTunes. It’s frustrating to have such quirky problems when all you want to do is listen to your music or watch your movies. This week, I address questions about movie metadata, repeated authentication requests, excess data usage, and I discuss vanishing disk space that can be caused by Apple Music.

Q: I have all of my movies organized by Genre in my iTunes library. I changed all the movies’ genres to make them more appropriate; for example, for superhero movies, I changed the genre to Superhero, and for animated movies, I changed it to Animated. It’s awesome; exactly how I like it. But when I look at my movies on the Apple TV, these genres don’t display. What am I doing wrong?

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