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Getting A New iPad 3? Fix Your iTunes Music Before Syncing To Your New iPad 3

If you’re planning on getting the new iPad 3 which is going to be announced soon then you need to know about a couple of things before making the purchase of the iPad 3. You will be able to sync your awesome music collection to your new iPad 3 and unfortunately if your iTunes Music Library is messy, the messy music will be transferred over to your new iPad 3 and this will make it very difficult to enjoy your music on the go with your iPad 3. So it’s highly recommended to fix your iTunes music library prior to syncing to your new iPad 3 so that you will enjoy your music even more on your iPad 3.

A messy iTunes Library means songs that are duplicates, songs missing album cover artwork, music that doesn’t have important song details like artists names, album names, genres, years and more, or songs that are misspelled. These problems exist in iTunes music libraries because most of the time people just import the music into their libraries without thinking of a master procedure of how to import the music and later things get out of hand in your iTunes music library especially if there are too many songs imported. So when this is the case the messyness gets transferred over to your iPad 3 or other iDevice when you sync.

Duplicate Songs

Duplicate songs are if you have more than one mp3 of the same song in your library. Duplicate songs are caused if you have imported an album more than once usually but most of the time duplicates appear because you have the same song in your library from different albums. Those could be greatest hits albums, compilations, singles and the actual album the song comes from. And sometimes you might have received special compilations made from your friends and relatives and if they were imported into iTunes then you could end up having some songs in iTunes more than 5 times. If that’s the case all those extra mp3s are taking up crucial hard drive space that you can use for other songs. Also if you’re syncing all songs from artists to your new iPad 3 that means all those duplicates will sync along and take up the hard drive space on your new iPad 3. See photos below (click to enlarge).

When my Depeche Mode duplicate songs were removed my iTunes library dropped almost a gigabyte of music. It removed almost 100 duplicates from my entire Depeche Mode music collection. This is nice! If you sync your entire Depeche Mode collection to your new iPad 3 then you also will be syncing all those duplicates that you really do not need to have in your iTunes library. Remove the iTunes duplicates now (click the Rinse logo below) with a powerful software before syncing to the iPad 3!

Album Cover Artwork

If you’ve downloaded music from the iTunes Music Store then most likely you’ll have the album cover artwork attached to your music but if you’ve imported your music from CDs then most likely you do not have album covers to your music. And if you have a ton of awesome music imported into iTunes then you should have the awesome album covers artwork along with your awesome music. Later when you sync this awesome music to your new iPad 3 you’ll sync the music without the awesome album cover artwork. What good is an iPad 3 without beautiful album cover artwork? Not good at all. See photos below.

iPad 3 music without album cover artwork (before iTunes being fixed):

iPad 3 music with album cover artwork (after iTunes being fixed):

To enjoy your iPad even more it’s best to get your iTunes music fixed, download software (click the Rinse logo below) so that you end up having album cover artwork and when you sync to your new iPad 3 you will end up with the album covers in your iPad 3. Fix your iTunes music automatically with this powerful software program.

Missing Song Information

When you started loading up your entire music collection (CDs) into iTunes you didn’t realize that you had to be connected to the internet. Because when you were not connected to internet, iTunes didn’t look up the correct CD information and when you imported the music into iTunes you imported music without correct song information. In fact without any song information. Because of this you have songs in iTunes missing crucial information such as missing artists names, missing album names, missing genres, missing years and so on. If you don’t have this important song metadata information in your iTunes then it makes it very difficult to find them and organize them and later sync them to your new iPad 3. There’s a powerful iTunes fixer and organizer tool that can correct this problem for you automatically. So prior to syncing your music to your new iPad 3 run the most powerful iTunes fixer and organizer program (click the Rinse logo below) so that it finds and loads up the correct music information in your iTunes so that when you sync your new iPad 3 you will be able to find your songs in your iPad 3 easily.


Most iTunes libraries are full of misspelled and wrongly named song information and data. This is not good because it makes things very difficult to organize and later sync to your iDevices such as the new iPad 3. Fixing this misspellings by hand takes too long and is a very tedious task. If the iTunes library is too big with hundreds and thousands of songs it makes it take very very long. Luckily there is tool to fix this misspellings problem in iTunes. Just run the software program finds misspellings and wrongly spelled song name, artist name, album name and genre information and fixes it automatically so that you can organize your music much easier and sync the correct music to your iDevices such as the iPad 3 or iPhone or iPod.

Fix and Organize Your iTunes Music Library Before Syncing To The iPad 3

So that’s it! It’s always a great idea to fix your iTunes and organize it before syncing to a new device. Cleaning and organizing the iTunes library will make it much easier to sync all your favorite songs and later enjoy it on the go with your new iPad 3. Try it now click the Rinse logo below. You’ll at least get to fix some songs for free!

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Fix iTunes: How To Search, Browse And Sort Music In iTunes

You have ripped or imported all of your CDs into your iTunes music library. You also buy music from the iTunes music store in addition to buying books, movies, podcasts and more and you are addicted to how convenient it is to buy media at your fingertips. So keep adding and adding more media into your iTunes library and keep forgetting where to search and find the music you imported last week or movies you downloaded 2 months ago. So it’s serious time to learn how to organize your media in your iTunes library to make it easier to find them.

Your iTunes music library can hold an infinite amount of songs, movies, books and more but it really depends on how much space you have on your computers hard drive if that’s where you have the files stored or it depends on how much space is on your external hard drive if that’s where you have your media or songs imported to. I prefer the external hard drive, as that’s where I have my iTunes save mostly music (168, 463 mp3s) on a 2 TB (terabytes) size hard drive, which is ¾ full! But if you have a quarter of the amount of files as I do it’s still difficult to organize it since you are dealing with hundreds and thousands of songs. If your iTunes library is increasing at a rapid rate then it’s time to think about organizing it so that it makes it easy to find your music or other media quicker. If iTunes is not organized then even finding a very recognizable song like Vogue by Madonna will be difficult.

How To Browse Your iTunes Library Media

When you have iTunes launched, on the left hand panel (see photo below) you will see options such as Music, Movies, TV Shows, Radio (see photo below)

as well as options for Podcasts, Books, Apps and Ringtones which you can select to either display or not display by going to Edit > Preferences on a Windows computer or iTunes > Preferences on a Mac. Make sure the General Tab is highlighted (see photo below) and pick and choose, select and or deselect the different options you want on or off then save to accept those changes.

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When you’ve selected MUSIC basically you’ll be seeing the music that you have imported into iTunes or purchased music from the iTunes Store. When you’ve selected MOVIES on the left panel of selections (see photo above) you’ll be seeing the movies you’ve purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Store. Now if you don’t have any movies then you wont see anything in there. And the same goes with TV SHOWS, PODCASTS, BOOKS, APPS, RINGTONES and so on. Each selection will display that particular media that you have available in your iTunes.  So we’ll be focusing on these section and mostly MUSIC because iTunes is mostly for music but you have the options of adding additional media that you can enjoy on the computer or take with you on any iDevice such as the iPhone, iPad or iPod!

When you have selected MUSIC you can browse all your music using four different browse modes. (see picture below)

Cover Flow Mode (my favorite – far right button) allows you to browse through your music with the album covers nice and large. It helps to have your album covers added to all your music. If you’re looking for an automatic album cover adder check this out software program that adds all the album covers to all your music automatically. Because what’s the point of the Cover Flow Mode if you don’t have any album covers to look at? But having the album covers is not just for the Cover Flow Mode it works for viewing your songs in every mode. It just helps to have those beautiful album covers present in your music in iTunes. (see picture below)

Grid Mode (next to the Cover Flow Mode button) allows you to browse through your music as just album covers just as quick thumbnails you can click on and listen to. Each song will have it’s own album cover thumbnail that you can click on. You can change the view here and view the music as Artists as it’s defaulted to Albums and also have options to view Genres and Composers.

Album List Mode shows your music sorted by album along with the album cover art as a small thumbnail. This unfortunately is my least favorite mode In iTunes.

List Mode is your default view mode in iTunes and basically it lists all songs in a row and you can view/sort your music as albums, by dates, by artists, by genre’s, by bit rate, by date added or date modified, track number, in alphabetical order and so on. It’s my favorite browsing mode and I use it most because Cover Flow Mode even though I love slows down the computer with my quantity of songs.

So this is it you can start enjoying your music however you want using iTunes, the most advance music player application around.

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Fix iTunes: Switching Your iTunes Library To A New Computer

Switching Your iTunes Library To A New Computer

With all of the different options in media and music today, it’s no surprise many of us are finding our iTunes libraries getting bigger by the day! Not just with music only, but with TV shows, movies, class lectures, conferences, meetings, recordings, you name it and they’re all important to us. But the more you have in your iTunes, the more space they take up on your computer. Remember, each file is more than just the file itself, but all of their metadata (info like artist names, composer info, album names, year, genre info, album art and genre tags too.

With media and data so close to your heart, you want an easy and efficient way to back them up. Good news for us that there are several options to choose from. Read below.

Using DVD-R Media

Create a playlist and add all the songs in your library to the playlist. Then depending on how big your library is get the equivalent amount of DVD-Rs discs. If you have 100GB of music then you will need about 23 or 24 (at 4.2GB per disc) discs depending on how much music you can get on the discs. When you start burning the discs iTunes will let you know you wont be able to fit all the music on one disc and will eject the burned disc and ask you to insert a new disc for the remainder of the songs. It will go through this over and over again until all songs are burned and backed up on the DVD-R media. This could become tedious but if your library is less than 50GB then it’s less amount of discs to work with. But it’s totally doable and if you’re out a hard drive and you have a last minute recovery to do then the DVD-R discs will certainly come in handy to do the last minute backing up. See pictures below step by step the process of burning a playlist in this case 4399 songs with 43.27GB of songs in it. Keep in mind this is on an Apple iMac so Windows computers will look slightly different. Click images to enlarge!

Select Data CD or DVD

Warning that you have inserted a blank DVD.

Warning that not all songs will fit on 1 DVD and iTunes will burn them across multiple DVDs.

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External Hard Drives

Nowadays, you can get external drives with huge storage capacity for far less than you’d expect. There are some excellent deals to be had on hard drives at Amazon. Using an external hard drive is one of the easiest ways to back up your iTunes library. (Especially if your library is larger than can fit onto an iPod back-up.)

To move your library to a new computer using an external drive, make sure the drive is bigger than the size of your library as discussed above.

1. Start by backing up your library onto the drive

2. Eject the drive from the computer

3. Plug in the drive to your new computer and launch iTunes

4. Open the library in iTunes.

The time it’ll take to transfer the library depends on the size of your library and how fast a hard drive you bought. You can also purchase backup utility programs to work with the transfer, like only storing certain files, instead of every one. If a crash ever happens after you complete this back up, just copy it to your new computer or old one.

*Hint: This isn’t the same as running iTunes/library off a hard drive, though that is a great help to those with especially large libraries. What we were doing is only for transferring or backing up.

Using iPod Backup Software

There are several great options for back up software, just take a look at our list.  Once you choose, double check to make sure your iPod library can fit onto a new iPod.

Merging Libraries

There’s lots of options to merge different iTunes libraries together. Having an iTunes library transfer onto a new computer is another way to merge libraries.

Using Migration Assist in iTunes On A Mac

If you are on a Mac, the fastest and easiest way to move an iTunes library to a new computer is with Migration Assistant. This will pop up when setting up a new Mac. It tries to remake your old computer on your new one with transferring files, preferences etc. It’s not flawless but it moves most files efficiently.

To view this option on a  new computer, find it in your Applications folder, which lives in the utilities folder. In order for this to happen you’ll need a firewire cable to connect both machines. Restart the old computer while holding down the “T” key. It’ll restart and display an orange firewire icon. This means it’s working and it’ time to run Migration Assistant on the new computer, and make sure to follow instructions.

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