aaaggggh!!!!! Ratings in iTunes 3 don't stay!!!

zozo
Posted:
in Mac Software edited January 2014
WTF!!!!



I must've rated hundreds of my songs, and I wouldve thought that the rating gets embedded into the id3 tag or something... or at least into the iTunes preferences!!!



Since I had a lot of junk MP3s, my library started getting messy. I selected all and deleted everything to clear the list. I dragged my Music folder onto iTunes, and now, all my rated MP3s are nonrated again!!!!



AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH



HOW FLIPPING STUPID CAN THIS BE?????????

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    When you assign an MP3 a rating, it is not saved with the actual MP3, it is saved in another file in your iTunes folder called "iTunes Music Library.xml". I figured this out because I would rate a song, and it would not be rated when on another machine on the network. It kind of makes sense, because in a multi-user environment like OSX, this means different users can have different ratings.



    I know it sucks, but when you deleted all of you songs, you deleted their records from the XML file. So, now you know. Sorry.
  • Reply 2 of 5
    ZO, haven't we gone through this before?

    Remember your "sound check" thread? *ahem* <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />



    The sound check data and the ratings, as I said before, are ONLY stored in the MP3 if the ID3 tag is version 2.4. Otherwise, that information is kept in iTunes' library. When you remove a file from the library, its entry is deleted. Thus, if you add it again later, these characteristics will be reset. If you want your mp3s themselves to keep the information, you need to convert the tags to v 2.4.



    If you don't learn from history, you are only doomed to repeat it.
  • Reply 3 of 5
    [quote]Originally posted by Brad:

    <strong>If you want your mp3s themselves to keep the information, you need to convert the tags to v 2.4.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    So, how do you convert them?
  • Reply 4 of 5
    Select the MP3s in your iTunes playlist and choose "Convert ID3 Tags" from the "Advanced" menu. Set it to v2.4 and click OK.



    [ 09-04-2002: Message edited by: Brad ]</p>
  • Reply 5 of 5
    zozo Posts: 3,115member
    [quote]Originally posted by Brad:

    <strong>ZO, haven't we gone through this before?

    Remember your "sound check" thread? *ahem* <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />



    The sound check data and the ratings, as I said before, are ONLY stored in the MP3 if the ID3 tag is version 2.4. Otherwise, that information is kept in iTunes' library. When you remove a file from the library, its entry is deleted. Thus, if you add it again later, these characteristics will be reset. If you want your mp3s themselves to keep the information, you need to convert the tags to v 2.4.



    If you don't learn from history, you are only doomed to repeat it. </strong><hr></blockquote>



    yeah yeah... i got that now... i just i kinda didnt pick up on the ratings bit as well



    *shrug*



    /me goes off to convert all MP3s to v2.4
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