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Fix the Missing Tags in your iTunes Library

Use TidySongs to Clean Up your iTunes Library

OVERVIEW: Learn how to use TidySongs to clean up the tags and album art in your iTunes library. .

Cleaning Up a Mess

Do you have thousands of songs in your iTunes library? Did you get them from (cough) various different places? Welcome to the club. As your collection of mp3’s grows and grows, you will probably have a bunch of songs with missing or incorrect tags. This can be a real mess.

You can use TidySongs (http://www.tidysongs.com) to work miracles on that messy library. TidySongs performs four functions that will whip your iTunes library right into shape:

Add high-resolution Album Art to your songs
Find and Remove Duplicate Songs
Fix Missing or Incorrect MP3 Tags
Organize your Music Genres

Getting TidySongs on your Computer

TidySongs will work on Windows and Mac operating systems (sorry Linux). Go to TidySongs.com to download the software installer. Follow the clear instructions in their installer to add the software to your computer.

Finding Missing MP3 Tags

When you start TidySongs it will search through your iTunes library. Click on the Start button to begin woking on your files. The Main Menu lets you select which aspect of your library that you want to fix.

Click the Fix Your Songs button.

Click the Select a Playlist to Fix button. You can select your whole library or just one playlist.

Choose whether to fix one song at a time or to run the whole playlist automatically and click the appropriate button. I like to just let it run automatically.

Any songs that matched your Confidence Threshold will be updated.

See TidySongs in Action

The video tutorial below shows how to use TidySongs’ features to tame your unwieldy iTunes library.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Applications: Part 4 iTunes

Make iTunes into the Workhorse that it Should Be
Goal: Provide a list of plug-ins and third party apps that will allow you to use the crap out of iTunes.
iTunes does a lot of good stuff right out of the box. With a little help, you can make it do even more. You can make iTunes your Karaoke machine, Download Lyrics for your songs, Stream Music across the internet. You can have iTunes integrate with online music communities to get and give musical recommendations.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Software with Third Party Add Ons

Extend Your Favorite Applications

Six Part Series on Extending Your Favorite Software with Add Ons

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GOAL: Provide a list of add ons to help you turbo charge some of your most commonly used applications.

Even though many of the applications on my computer are great, I always feel like there are just a few things missing. Fortunately, a lot of frequently used applications allow third party Add Ons, Plugins, and Extensions to fill some of the voids left by the manufacturers.

Put your applications on some serious performance enhancing drugs that won’t get detected on any test.

We’ll wring every last drop of juice out of the following applications:

  1. Microsoft Outlook
  2. Mozilla ThunderBird
  3. Skype VOIP Software
  4. Apple iTunes
  5. Mozilla Firefox
  6. The Best of the Rest

What I will be covering for each application:

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Use Smart Playlists to be an iTunes Genius

Make Smart Playlists Continuously Give You Interesting Music Selections

Do you ever get sick of listening to the same old albums or playlists on your iPod? I know I do. Well, you can use the Smart Playlist feature in iTunes to constantly generate a dynamic mix-tape of fresh music selection.

Smart Playlists are like little queries that pull anything and everything out of your iTunes library. Queries, you say? Yes, Queries.

You build a query that selects and excludes songs based on your criteria. For instance you may want to hear any Jazz music in your library, as long as it is not newer than the 60s. Well then you build a Smart playlist with those two conditions: Genre = Jazz and Year is less than 1970. Now, if you add any old Jazz songs, they will automatically be pulled into this playlist.

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