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Frustrated with Messed Up Music Libraries in iTunes?

picture-51One of the biggest headaches with importing music, audio books, etc is having to mess with all the track information. I spent hours over Christmas importing audio books, getting track numbers right, etc – needless to say, it was not how I intended to spend Christmas Day.

That is where TuneUp comes in. TuneUp is an iTunes plug-in that works in conjunction with the Gracenote database by taking an audio “fingerprint” of a song, and fills in all the missing pieces, which means

– No more missing cover art.
– No more “Track 01’s”, “Track 02’s”.
– No more Audio Adrenaline, AudioAdrenaline, etc.
TuneUp is free for 500   song clean ups / 50 cover arts, $11.95 per year for unlimited, or $19.95 forever / unlimited. I have an evaluation license that I’m going to be trying out and will let you know what I think. I’m hoping that TuneUp will help with duplicate music, too – we’ll see.
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4 Comments

  1. Sumocat

    01/29/2009 at 2:34 pm

    Seems unnecessary. iTunes already accesses Gracenote for most of that, and you can bulk replace metadata (except of course for individual track names). For audiobooks, all you really need to do is replace the album name and change the media type, and I didn’t even bother with that when I ripped a five-disc audiobook set for a friend. I just ripped each disc to a separate playlist.

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  2. Clayton

    01/30/2009 at 8:16 am

    You listen to Audio Adrenaline? Awesome.

    Best band ever. 8)

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  3. Gavin Miller

    01/30/2009 at 12:06 pm

    Wow, great link Rob, works VERY well!

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  4. Josh Einstein

    02/02/2009 at 9:47 pm

    Huge audiobook fan and I always import them right into iTunes (which I hate but alas, stupid iPhone needs it…)

    Here’s my routine:
    1) Insert CD, wait for whatever iTunes finds for track names.
    2) Select all the tracks on the CD
    3) Advanced -> Join Tracks
    4) With all still selected (maybe only first one needs to be selected) edit the info and give it more concise names, etc.

    This way you don’t have 150 tracks for an audio book – you wind up with 1 track per CD which is way more manageable.

    5) Find the imported “music” in your library, right click all the tracks and edit info. Make sure the following options are enabled.
    5a) Skip when shuffling
    5b) Remember position
    5c) Media Type = Audio Book

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