My IPod Does Not Seem to "See" My External Hard Drive
Yesterday, I started working with my new iPod...I was able to add album artwork and sort music and change some of the mp3 embedded details, like date and artist and genre...Went out for dinner, came home and it no longer works for me...If I click on a single song in the iTunes screen, I see a dialogue box that says song can not be found, and asks if I want to search for the son. I can "browse" and find the song in the external hard drive and make the changes...but yesterday, iTunes found it automatically. If I did groups of songs, it made the changes, now, today, it accepts the changes that I type in, but will not actually aply them...I'm frustrated! (Vista OS). Thanks guys!
Re: My IPod Does Not Seem to "See" My External Hard Drive
It sounds like the external hard drive might have been disconnected, which would cause iTunes to go crazy trying to find songs. iTunes was not developed to incorporate that kind of system, unfortunately. It likes all of its songs on the main hard drive where it sees them. There should be an option to "Consolidate Library" under the Advanced menu. That will move all of the songs into iTunes' set folder for music. Let me know what you find.
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Step 1: Open iTunes and have your iPod connected to your PC.
Step 2: Press Ctrl and 'A' at the same time for Windows, or Command and 'A' in Mac and all your songs will be highlighted.
Step 3: Right click and choose "Get Album Artwork"
Step 4: After the progress bar is done. Go to the left side of your screen and select your iPod.
Step 5: Right click and choose sync. After it is done, it will get all the album art on there.
That's because it's really wrong. If you have the correct album artwork saved on your computer, this is the way to fix it.
1. Open iTunes.
2. Select Music.
3. Right-click on the song with incorrect album artwork.
4. Select "Get Info" to open the song properties.
5. Select the "Artwork" tab, which happens to be the last tab.
6. Delete the wrong artwork that you see there and replace it by clicking "Add..." button and locating the correct artwork from your computer.
Another way of replacing it is to open the correct album artwork (from your computer), right click on the image and select "Copy". and then go back to song properties on iTunes and paste it by clicking CTRL-V (control, then V) from Windows keyboard or Command-V (command, then V) from Mac keyboard.
7. Finally, click the "Ok" button to save your changes.
BTW, you can also modify the song title, and the lyrics from the song properties.
I hope that solves your problem.
Click here to see more of this tip and also to see screenshots plus how to add lyrics.
This is the advice I tell everyone.. Don't use the iTunes library! There are times when you do need to use it, but 98% of everything you need to do can be done right on the iPod.
When you plug-in your iPod, you should see an icon for it appear in the left window pane. You can actually edit the song info, sort, categorize, or whatever right there.
The only thing you can't do is get iTunes to automatically download the artwork for you. But, to be honest, even when I do use the library to get my artwork, the artwork never "sticks" when I move it to the iPod, and I end up manually adding it every time.
I've had an iPod in some form for at least three years now. I've never had a problem editing directly on the iPod itself, and I don't miss the library one bit.