The cool thing about mp3s, AACs, and Apple Lossless or even AIFs in iTunes is that they have the ability to store metadata information or tag information such as Song Name, Artist Name, Album Name, Genre, Year, BPM, Grouping, Comments, Composer, Album Artist Name, Track Number and Disc Number. This information is so important to have on your music files in iTunes that without it might not be so easy to organize your songs. In fact you wont be able to organize your songs at all. Also without this information on your songs you wont be able to sync music to your iPod, iPad or iPhone. Well you can force it to sync to iTunes but let’s explain a bit about what it takes to sync songs to your iPod, iPhone or iPad.
Missing information in iTunes songs
When you have songs imported into iTunes without the information (which I wrote about above in the first paragraph) then it wont sync. For example if you have a bunch of music imported by Madonna into your iTunes and are importing a couple of her last CDs finally you just purchased and did not import them with artist names or any of the above mentioned metadata information. Later you set up your iPhone to sync Madonna songs it will not automatically sync the new Madonna songs without having the artist name entered in there. You will have to drag them into a new playlist and make sure you set up that new playlist with the new Madonna songs in there and sync that playlist. Or else you won’t find those new songs/albums on your iDevice like the iPhone, iPad or iPod.
Make sure you’re connected to the Internet before importing music into iTunes
To make sure you have the information added to your songs in iTunes, first you have to make sure you are connected to the internet so that when you insert your CD into your computer and iTunes it will automatically look up for the correct song metadata or tag information and download them to your computer without you typing in the information by hand. Typing by had takes too long and you have to look down on the CD back cover and get songs names and type it into the correct fields etc. So don’t type by hand and make sure you are always connected to the internet so iTunes looks up the correct CD information and brings it down to your computer. So on a Mac you do this by going to iTunes>Preferences and checking the box next to where it says Automatically retrieve CD track names from the Internet. See photo below (click to enlarge).
Manual solutions don’t always work best
If you have a ton of music that’s imported into iTunes that doesn’t have the important information such as Artist Names that I wrote about in the first paragraph then there is a way that you can still do this. To do this on a Mac go to Advanced>Get Track Names. See photo below (click to enlarge).
Unfortunately this solution has a very high failure rate and does not always work. In fact it’s a very low rate the amount of times I have had this work for me when I tried it out. So for me it has failed 90+% of the time so I don’t rely on getting the song information this way added to my songs missing the important information such as Album Name, Genre, Year, etc. This is mostly problematic and does not work often because of adding songs originally imported into a different computer. iTunes usually gives me the following error message when trying this. See photo below (click to enlarge).
There’s an automatic solution to add missing information to iTunes songs
Well there’s the manual way, which is to add the missing information by hand one by one over and over again for each song that’s missing the info. This is not only very BORING but also very tedious and will take a very long time. And you want to avoid doing repeated tasks to avoid pain in your hands. I know this because it’s happened to me. This task takes so long that it wont all get done because you will give up. BUT there is an automatic way to add the missing song information in iTunes and this is the method that most music industry folks use to fix this problem and many other problems in iTunes music libraries. This powerful software program looks up the songs missing song information such as Album Names, Genres, Artists or Year and adds it automatically for you so that you don’t have to do it by hand. This powerful program is even better and more, handy especially if you don’t know who the artists are that are in the iTunes library that’s missing the info. Because this powerful program uses a smart online song database with millions of song information and finds the correct info and downloads and adds it to the missing songs. It’s quite amazing at what it does.
Not all CDs will automatically download metadata information to tag
Sometimes you import CDs into iTunes and toss the discs so you have no idea what music you have in iTunes. Or the CDs were home made or burned or DJ’s gave you and you imported them and you absolutely have no idea of what the music is so this is the best time to use this powerful program to look up song information and automatically tag your iTunes music missing song information.
Once all songs in iTunes have the correct song information completely then iTunes can be organized correctly, which also makes it easier to sort the music. All artists will go in their respective playlists and years can be organized, genre’s can be organized correctly and so on. And once you do this you can sync your music to iTunes and not miss any albums anymore. All the music you intend to sync will be synced and taken with you on your iPhone, iPad or iPod.
-Find And Remove Duplicates in iTunes automatically
-Adding Album Cover Artwork automatically
-Fix Misspellings or Misspelled song information automatically
-Adding Missing Song Information automatically
So when you have songs in iTunes that need to be tagged certainly it’s doable by hand but when your iTunes music library is large and you have thousands and thousands of mp3s that need to be tagged then use a powerful tool to fix iTunes and get your music tagged. You will not only benefit with this software program by having your music tagged but you will also benefit from having album covers added automatically, duplicate songs removed automatically and misspelled songs spelled correctly.