iTunes is a media library management and playback application developed and maintained by Apple for OS X and Windows. It is also used to synchronise Apple media devices and manage their contents.

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How does an iPhone know which mp3s are podcasts?

I recently got an iPhone, and quickly found I would rather use the Zune software instead of iTunes. So I turned on the manual syncing, and I can just drag the mp3 files I want over to the iPhone in ...
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How can I install iTunes in such a way that it can't put any “hooks” or helper programs on my computer?

I'm buying a new iPad, which means I must once again install iTunes. I've not used iTunes in more than 6 months, since I bought a new computer. I don't like iTunes, but I can live with using it to ...
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How to associate iTunes to an existing library after installing Windows 7?

I had Windows XP, installed on my C: drive, and my iTunes library was on the E: drive. I've now replaced XP with Windows 7, so any iTunes settings that were in the registry or its Program Files folder ...
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How to charge an iPhone on a Windows PC without Installing iTunes

I want to be able to charge my iPhone on my work computer, which is running Windows Server 2008 SP1 64-Bit. When I plug the iPhone in with the USB cable, it will not charge. Windows attempts to locate ...
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Preserving smart playlist order on iPhone

I have a smart playlist configured to play my favorite podcasts during my commute. It's a list of audio-only, unheard podcasts: In iTunes, I've ordered the playlist by Release Date -- i.e. I want ...
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iTunes Season Pass downloading both HD and SD version of a TV Show

I purchased a TV Show season pass on the iTunes Store for the HD version of a show. It started downloading immediately, which is great - however, it also decided that I would want the SD versions as ...
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How to store iTunes cover art as mp3 id tag?

iTunes shows nice cover arts for all my mp3 songs. Unfortunately most of them are stored in the iTunes data base and not as mp3 id tags. This makes them useless, if I use the mp3 files with other ...
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Does iTunes play count gets increased while listening with iPod/iPhone/iPad?

If I have a song A with play count of 10, then I play the song once (1 time) on my computer, 3 times on my iPad, and 4 times with my iPhone; would the play count go to 18,next time I sync all my ...
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How to split an m4v file?

I downloaded a TV season on iTunes (.m4v files), however the files are clustered into 3 episodes each. I'd like to chop these up so that each episode is in it's own file. Googling around a while ...
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iTunes ITL binary file format

Does anyone out there have information about the iTunes ITL file format? I have found a document on CPAN that describes the format as it was 4-5 years ago, however it seems to have changed in ...
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Is there a way to play iTunes U files at 2x speed?

I'd like to keep my iTunes U audio files organized in the iTunes U category in iTunes; however, I can't seem to do that AND find a way to open the option to play at variable speeds for these audio ...
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iTunes 9 (64-bit version) installs on “\Program Files (x86)” on Windows 7: is this normal?

I downloaded iTunes 9.0.3 (64-bit) on my Windows 7 64-bit OS and I noticed that on installation the default directory was \Program Files (x86). I didn't change this, everything worked a charm. ...
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How to remove duplicate entries in iTunes

For some reason, songs in my itunes library are listed twice. Note: It is the exact same song just referenced twice, so removing one of the songs will keep one reference in the library but delete the ...
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iTunes on Vista is painfully slow

Up until recently, my music library program of choice was Windows Media Player. However, then I got an iPod Touch which requires iTunes (iirc, one of the alternative programs for iPod Classic/iPod ...
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Why does some of the songs in my iTunes library stop prematurely and go to the next song?

For the couple of weeks a whole bunch of the songs from my iTunes library stop early and skip to the next song (just as if it was at the end of the song). Although the point where it skips varies for ...
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Unable to sync iPod Touch with my PC

I'm trying to sync a first gen iPod Touch to my PC running Windows 7 64 bit. The problem is that whenever I connect the iPod, iTunes completely freezes (if I start iTunes after connecting the iPod it ...
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Pausing Spotify while YouTube is playing and starting it when YouTube stops

Kind of a random request, but something that would be cool nonetheless; would there be anyway I could make Spotify (and possibly iTunes etc.) pause when I start playing a YouTube video, and then start ...
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Migrating an iTunes Playlist from one computer to another

Awhile ago, I moved all of my iTunes music from one computer to another, but I did so without copying the actual iTunes library folder from one to another. Since then, the libraries have diverged. ...
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How can I force Front Row to show me *single* artwork instead of *album* artwork?

Is there a hidden preference for Front Row that will force it use the artwork for the mp3 it is actually playing, instead of the artwork for the album it belongs to? Obviously I could retag my whole ...
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Is it possible to redownload songs you've paid for on iTunes?

Over the years, I've had to rebuild my PC several times. Invariably, no matter how meticulous I am backing up my iTunes library, I almost ALWAYS end up losing songs I've already paid for. Either the ...
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iTunes 9 does not show icon in Windows 7 taskbar?

It is just me or has Apple not tested iTunes 9 in Windows 7?
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How can I create my own private RSS feed of selected podcasts?

I would like to be able to browse the Internet and "drag" available MP3 files of various podcast episodes into my own private RSS feed. I would like to then subscribe to this RSS feed with iTunes. ...
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How to stop iPhoto and iTunes from opening automatically when plugging in an iPhone?

I'm still pretty much a noob in OS X (Snow Leopard, if that makes any difference). How to stop iPhoto and iTunes from opening automatically when plugging in an iPhone?
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How can you disable the auto startup of iTunes when connecting an iPhone?

My iPhone is synced with my home PC which is all working fine. What I want to do is plug my iPhone into my work mac and have it charge but not do any syncing. The problem is that when I plug the ...
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How can I delete all the files in my iTunes folder that are NOT in my library?

I believe there are music files in my iTunes folder that aren’t in my library. How can I remove these files?
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What is the relationship between iTunes Library.itl and iTunes Music Library.xml?

I know that iTunes keeps its information in the itl file, so what's the point of having the itunes Music Library.xml file? Is there any way to get itunes to re-create the music library from the xml ...
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Can I deauthorize some but not all computers for iTunes?

I'm trying to burn a CD in iTunes on a new computer, but can't because the computer isn't authorized yet. When I try to authorize it (Store -> Authorize This Computer...), a window pops up ...
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iPhone not detected by mac

My Mac doesn't recognize my iPhone when I plug it. Here is the configuration: (basically everything is updated) 10.6.4 mac system (Snow Leopard) XCode version 3.2.5 iTunes 10.1.2 iPhone 4 , 16 ...
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iTunes slow loading on Windows 7 x64

my pc has windows 7 ultimate 64 bits installed and 4 GB of DDR2 RAM, working with an Athlon II X3 435 (2.9Ghz) processor. When I start iTunes, it takes 6-7 seconds to load, and that's too much. I ...
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Can I add .avi files to iTunes without converting them?

I have the appropriate codec installed to play .avi files with QuickTime, but iTunes doesn't want me to just drag and drop .avi files into my iTunes library. Can I somehow convince iTunes that it ...
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Sync iPhone apps with iTunes without deleting them

I have a few apps on my iPhone, and would like to sync them with iTunes without erasing them from my phone. Is this possible without downloading them all again?
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Sync photos to iTunes without erasing everything?

My iTunes is empty, I just installed it, I've always used an iPod Manager to manage my iPod How can I sync my photos without iTunes having to erase everything on my iPod since my iTunes is empty? ...
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Is there a way to sync iPhones without iTunes?

I really dislike iTunes and would like to use something else to sync. I spent some time looking a couple years ago (for my iPod) and couldn't find anything. Does anyone know of anything?
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Why is iTunes using so much data?

I've been told by my ISP I'm using too much bandwidth so after using Activity Monitor to see that I'm using ~2GB a day I've used the nettop command line utility to work out where. Turns out it's ...
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iPhone sync with iTunes stuck on “Waiting for items to copy”

I'm having a problem with iTunes where syncing my iPhone ends up seeming to basically finish, but it says "Waiting for items to copy" after everything else, and just stays there for... well, a very ...
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Can I access mac iTunes library from an iPad?

Can I access my iMac based iTunes library from my iPad over my home wifi? I know I can sync them up but the library is too big. Edit; just to clear(er), the movies, podcasts etc which are stored on ...
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Restrict an iTunes smart playlist to contain only entire albums

I'm trying to create an "albums not played for the last 3 months" playlist, that I could sync onto my iPod. Is it normal that autofill always chooses the same songs out of my library to fill the iPod ...
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How do I control iTunes from my Dell keyboard's media keys?

My Dell keyboard has media keys for play, pause, stop, mute etc. They work in iTunes, but only if iTunes has window focus. How do I make them work regardless of the window currently in focus?
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What is the best software to manage dupes and clean up data in iTunes? [closed]

I know there are a lot of paid options but was wondering what folks have found to be the best. Following tasks would be the minimum requirement: merging dupes identifying dupes with case difference ...
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Connect iPad to itunes running under Hyper-V under Windows 8

Under Windows 7 I ran iTunes in XP Mode which was great. I plugged in my iPad (1st generation) and Windows XP picked it up and synced with iTunes. Now I have upgraded to Windows 8, and I knew that ...
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iTunes 10.5 blocked when I connect my iPhone4

Today I updated iTunes to version 10.5 It starts up correctly, but when I connect my iPhone4, iTunes is blocked and the spinning wait cursor is showed.... When I disconnect iPhone, iTunes works ...
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Ripping a DVD to watch on iPod touch

I have a DVD that I'd like to watch on my iPod touch. Can I use normal PC ripping software or is there something special I need to do to get iTunes to sync it to my iPod?
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Is iTunes compatible with Windows 8?

I frequently transfer music to my Apple iPod. Is there any compatible version of iTunes player for Windows 8? Will it launch from the Desktop or as a Windows App on the Start Screen?
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Having trouble with Windows XP Read Only Settings on a folder

I am having trouble with a folder that needs to be read-write for iTunes to open. For a while it was read-write, but it seemingly inexplicably changed to read-only now. When I try to change it back ...
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Why do I need to backup iTunes?

I got a message in iTunes saying: "Thank you for purchasing from the iTunes Store. Protect your purchases by backing them up" erm. Isn't that what my Apple id is for? I thought the whole ...
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Is it possible to uninstall or disable iTunes in OS X?

iTunes is always popping up on my HTPC Mac Mini and I don't use it. It is running Snow Leopard if that makes any difference to the solution
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How can I use multiple iTunes libraries in OS X?

Is there a way to have two iTunes libraries? One would be a larger one that syncs with an iPod; the other would be a subset of that containing the music I listen to more often on my Mac.
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How do I update podcasts on my iPhone that are not listed in the iTunes directory?

I listen to a number of podcasts that are not listed in the iTunes directory (and never will be) -- is it possible to update these podcasts from the iPhone to get the latest episodes while I'm ...
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How does iTunes keep on playing music if the entire system is frozen?

I've noticed this today - my entire system froze up solid, clock is frozen, nothing responds to clicks and key presses, and my time machine animation stopped going. While repartitioning my boot drive. ...
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Why does iTunes require entering a password for downloads of free apps?

I'd like my daughter to have the ability to download free stuff but not apps that have a cost. Is there a way around giving her the password and thereby having free access to my credit card?