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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!

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  • dougneal Sep 07, 2008

    Well...Thanks, I appreciate your thought and I think you are on the right track, but I have already tried that and it "consolidates" any tune that I have worked on (with the "get Info" tab and then manually made a pathway to the song on the hard drive) individually, but nothing more....I think it is sounding to me like I should copy all of the music onto the hard drive on the computer to finish the work, Which is do-able. Thanks again, I would welcome any other thoughts.
    --DN


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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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How to add album artwork, lyrics to your iTunes (iPod Touch and iPhone) songs.


This is what the iPod app looks like (sideways - coverflow view) with the correct album artworks in each song.

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... isn't that lovely?


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First, you need to have the correct album artwork of your songs. And how do you know if you got the right album artwork?


Check it out here or you can use this web address:
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Tip: if you want a larger image, just google it, just like this sample.And another thing, you don't need to save all the artworks on your computer, just copy-paste will do (refer number 6 below).


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