Help needed importing large wma & mp3 library into iTunes

  andy625 16:52 PM 19 Mar 12
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I have never used iTunes before. I have a large-ish (80Gb) collection of music on a nas drive, that I want to import to itunes so that I can use it on a newly aquired iphone3 that I want to use at home as an ipod touch.

I installed iTunes and directed it at my existing music folder on my nas drive, it started importing the music, so I left it running. Then I realised that someone had turned off the hard drive, so it had stopped. I started it again and left it running overnight. In the morning I found it had stopped when it found some wma tracks that were protected (I didn't even know I had any with protection). When I set it going again, it seems to just start scanning the library from the beginning again.

It's now been running for a total of about 36hrs and I still dont have anywhere near my complete collection imported. Am I missing something, is this correct, or is there an easier way of doing this?

  Woolwell 17:21 PM 19 Mar 12

You may be better off on the apple support forums.

  john bunyan 17:40 PM 19 Mar 12

I Tunes has its own filing system and "sorts" tunes by artist, genre etc. 80 gig is a very big collection.A few questions: do you want to have .wma in iTunes? I import to .mp3 at 160kbps , which seems fine. 2. I asume you will only "tell" your iPhone to synch a limted playlist as the memory is what - 32 gig? 3.What I would do is to divide the task into sections; on the PC HD create 3 folders - for mp3. for .wma and for protected wma. Then in I tunes you could use the "Add file or folder to the Library" feature to import the mp3 files. There are ways of converting the .wma to mp3, so do come back for more info. I would import say, 8 - 10 gig at a time into your HD.

  john bunyan 17:40 PM 19 Mar 12

I Tunes has its own filing system and "sorts" tunes by artist, genre etc. 80 gig is a very big collection.A few questions: do you want to have .wma in iTunes? I import to .mp3 at 160kbps , which seems fine. 2. I asume you will only "tell" your iPhone to synch a limted playlist as the memory is what - 32 gig? 3.What I would do is to divide the task into sections; on the PC HD create 3 folders - for mp3. for .wma and for protected wma. Then in I tunes you could use the "Add file or folder to the Library" feature to import the mp3 files. There are ways of converting the .wma to mp3, so do come back for more info. I would import say, 8 - 10 gig at a time into your HD.

  john bunyan 17:41 PM 19 Mar 12

sorry for double post!!

  john bunyan 18:20 PM 19 Mar 12

For the unprotected .wma files .see here:

http://www.ehow.com/how4903716convert-wma-mp-using-itunes.html

  andy625 21:07 PM 19 Mar 12

Thanks for the replies, yes I did wonder if I should be looking for an Apple forum. I'm new to all things Apple related. I don't know much about the way the iphone works just yet. Anyway, I downloaded an app which lets me browse the nas drive from the iphone, so even though the iphone is only 8bg, it will see all the music on the nas drive.

I can see and play the mp3's from the iphone, but although I can see the wma's, I can't play them. I understood that by installing iTunes, it would copy and convert all the music to aac format, and enable me to sync playlists somehow to the iphone.

iTunes has started to create its own aac library, but I can't seem to get it to finish the whole lot. Whenever it bombs out either because it finds protected wma files and pops up a dialog box, or because its been turned off, and I restart the process it seems to forget it's already done a few and goes back to the first files it did before and does them again.

I just wondered if I'm doing something fundamentally wrong in the process somewhere.

  andy625 21:09 PM 19 Mar 12

Thanks also for the link to the program to convert from wma to mp3. If all else fails I'll convert them all to mp3 and forget itunes.

  john bunyan 21:36 PM 19 Mar 12

If I were you I would not let i Tunes use AAC (M4p) as it is their own format. If you download iTunes at the lower price they come in that format, but for ripping and any source other than the iTunes download site I would use mp3. To do this in iTunes,Edit,Preferences/Import settings tab - choose High Quality .mp3 160 kbps

  john bunyan 21:42 PM 19 Mar 12

iTunes is fine if you get used to it and will match your iPhone. You can have a big iTunes library and set the "device" not to automatically synch, but have "playlists" of about 7gig (allow for iphone software) so you can synch different playlists as you wish to give variation.

  andy625 21:50 PM 19 Mar 12

Ah, I thought that setting was just for CD's being ripped. So presumably now if I scan my drive again, the mp3 files will copy straight over, and it will convert the wma's to mp3 in the process? Or do I have to do the conversion first using the other program, and then import them separately?

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