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iTunes: culling out unwanted "genres"

 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:42 pm    Post subject: iTunes: culling out unwanted "genres" Reply with quote

between the ones that come with iTunes and the ones from files I've imported...along with the misspelled ones I'm drowning in a sea of genre types.

Is there any way to edit or remove ones you don't want?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right click delete (if I understand you correctly). I assume you want to remove the different playlists, etc., that is standard fare within iTunes?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

swordsandtequila wrote:
Right click delete (if I understand you correctly). I assume you want to remove the different playlists, etc., that is standard fare within iTunes?


No, I want to remove all the 'custom' genres that came attached to music files I've imported into my iTunes library. I also want to remove those that I've created that I've later discovered were misspelled. I don't want to remove any playlists.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only way I would see is to browse by genre in the Column Browser (you have to enable the "Column Browser" as it is not enabled by default, as set it at the top). This may be a long process if you have many to change, but when you click one genre, it shows you all songs that has that tag. Then you can select all the songs, and do a mass change on all of them on the genre tag.

I have done this to change genre tags that I didn't like. For instance, with that method it was easy to change all songs tagged with "alt/indie" to "rock". You could also put a blank there if that's what you want.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrBabou wrote:
The only way I would see is to browse by genre in the Column Browser. Then you can select all the songs, and do a mass change on all of them on the genre tag.


This is what I was thinking as well.

Don't be surprised if iTunes converts the genres back to their original state, based on the data in the ID3 tag.

Do a little bit of testing before going through the effort of changing your entire library.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since I'm planning on going through my music at some point soon, I looked into tag editors.

There are two that I could find that are free and support OS X.

http://kid3.sourceforge.net/

http://musicbrainz.org/doc/PicardTagger

I haven't tried either of them yet.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your best bet is an Apple script. I think this should work for you. Copy it into your script editor and run. You can edit the genreList to whatever you wish. Just make sure you punctuate the list exactly as I have.

Code:
(*Script by FuenteCigar*)
set genreList to {"Alternative", "Big Band", "Bluegrass", "Blues", "Blues/R&B", "Books & Spoken", "Children's Music", "Classical", "Country", "Dance", "Easy Listening", "Electronic", "Folk", "Gospel", "Holiday", "House", "Industrial", "Jazz", "New Age", "Pop", "Progressive Rock", "Religious", "Rock", "Southern Rock", "Techno", "Trance", "Unclassifiable", "Western Swing", "World"}
tell application "iTunes"
   display dialog "What genre?" with icon 1 default answer ""
   copy the result as list to {myGenre}
   set l to (choose from list genreList with title "Genre List" with prompt "Choose a genre...") as text
   tell (every track whose genre is myGenre) to set it's genre to l
   display dialog "Genre changed." with icon 1
end tell
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