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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 4:08 pm    Post subject: FINALLY must share this iTunes tip. Reply with quote

Well,I FINALLY found a way to get a list of Artists displayed in iTunes.
I had already posted on here at least twice, and searched google to no avail. The problem was, iTunes will only display a list of Artists in the "Purchased" window, and as 1987 out of my 2000 songs were from CD, that sucked. I needed to browse by Artist without having every track of theirs displayed on the screen.

Well, problem solved! I finally discovered, that you can simply drag ALL your music onto the "purchased" tab, and it adds it in there!! Like any other playlist!!! I thought it wouldn't let you, but it did!

Voila!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have "purchased" as a library category. It's possible that I deleted it, however I have never purchased anything from the iTunes stores. Possible it creates this folder when you make a purchase.

Oh well.

I'm glad you were able to solve your problem and it's excellent that you shared your find with us.

Three cheers for Silvarbullet1!!!

If anyone knows how to get this "purchased" category displayed please let me know. I looked through preferences for a few minutes and couldn't see it there.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never seen purchased either, but I've also never bought anything off iTunes.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
I don't have "purchased" as a library category. It's possible that I deleted it, however I have never purchased anything from the iTunes stores. Possible it creates this folder when you make a purchase. [...] If anyone knows how to get this "purchased" category displayed please let me know. I looked through preferences for a few minutes and couldn't see it there.

I've got a very similar problem. When I rip all the tracks from a CD audiobook, iTunes shoves them in the 'Music' section of the iTunes library. And yet I'm sure that I've seen a screenshot of iTunes showing an 'Audiobooks' heading alongside 'Music', 'Movies', 'TV Shows' etc. After what Bandit Bill has said, I'm wondering if I have to buy an audiobook from iTunes to see that category appear.

As things stand, the 20 to 30 chapters of each audiobook take up a lot of space in the Music section, and don't lend themselves to iTunes' attempts to shuffle them into a random sequence.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Audiobooks is under Preferences->General

I running
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I have never bought an Audiobook either.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
Audiobooks is under Preferences->General

Thanks Bill, I ticked the 'Audiobooks' checkbox and sure enough, I now have a new 'Audiobooks' section under the 'Library' heading.

However, my joy was short-lived since iTunes won't let me drag any audiobook tracks from the 'Music' list to the 'Audiobooks' icon. "iTunes knows best!" (Was this program written by a bunch of bloody socialists?)
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To view a list of artists:
In a playlist, smart playlist, or just your entire library, go to the View Menu and choose "Show Browser" (or Command-B). The window should change in to a 4 pane view, with Genre, Artists, and Albums across the top, and the actual song files on the bottom pane. It's easy to scroll up and down the artist list, or make it larger if you grab the separator between the panes to resize it. If you prefer it without the Genre (as I do), in the Preferences, under General, you can disable "Show genre when browsing".

Is this what you were looking for, silvarbullet1?

As for audiobooks
For a file to show up under the Audiobook section of iTunes, it needs to be in the .m4b format, which is just a renamed AAC/.m4a file, and have the Genre set as Audiobook. iTunes (and iPods) interpret .m4b files as bookmarkable, and file them appropriately in the Audiobook section. To create files that work, you can use a tool like Audiobook Builder ($10 USD) or Join Together, which can create individual chapters for one audiobook, much like the iTunes Store audiobooks do. You can also use a script like Make Bookmarkable to convert from .m4a to .m4b. Personally, I just keep my audiobook collection as MP3, as I frequently use them in a car that only has an MP3 CD player, and not an iPod input. I just rip hour long chunks as one file, then use iTunes' Get Info command to set the files as "Remember playback position" and "Skip when shuffling", so they'll bookmark where I paused playback, and not show up in shuffle mode. These settings also transfer to iPods.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ClunkClunk wrote:
As for audiobooks...

CC, you are a gentleman and a scholar. Thank you so very, very much for this info. As FSJ would say, you have restored my sense of child-like wonder.

Oh, and sorry to those Apple guys - I'm sure you're not socialists really...
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnnyBoy wrote:
Bandit Bill wrote:
Audiobooks is under Preferences->General

Thanks Bill, I ticked the 'Audiobooks' checkbox and sure enough, I now have a new 'Audiobooks' section under the 'Library' heading.

However, my joy was short-lived since iTunes won't let me drag any audiobook tracks from the 'Music' list to the 'Audiobooks' icon. "iTunes knows best!" (Was this program written by a bunch of bloody socialists?)


Strange. It let me move my whole MP3 collection into "Purchased" :-S
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ClunkClunk wrote:
To view a list of artists:
Is this what you were looking for, silvarbullet1?


exactly.

LOL i finally find a way to do it myself and someone comes along and tells me exactly what i wanted.

thanks clunkclunk!

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