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#191639 11-Feb-2016 12:45
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Last night I decided to "refresh" the music I have stored on my phone. During this process I noticed something that I can't figure out, so thought I'd see if it rings a bell for anyone...


1. In Windows 10 File Explorer I can navigate to the folder on my desktop where all my music is stored, something like C:\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Music
2. Under this there are separate folders for each artist, e.g. C:\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Music\Soundgarden
3. Under these are folders for each album by the artist, e.g. C:\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Music\Soundgarden\Superunknown
4. Within these folders are the files for each track on the album, e.g. C:\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Music\Soundgarden\Superunknown\03 Fell On Black Days.mp3.


I can find every track on every album by every artist in my iTunes library this way and copy what I want to my phone, but it's time consuming as I have to go up and down one or two directory levels each time I want to select tracks from a different album or artist.


I thought I could save time by selecting the whole music library at C:\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Music level and searching for everything under this folder using the *.* wildcard search string. I could then sort the resulting list by artist, album, etc. and select what I want from a single list. But I noticed that some whole albums/folders don't show up in the list of files when I do this. They are definitely there when I drill down using steps 1,2,3 above, but are not showing in the results when I do the wildcard search - I can't see the album/folder name or any of the tracks in the list of files.


I've only noticed three albums missing so far, but as I have around 1000 albums I haven't been through the entire list (yet). So far the missing albums are all ones that would have been imported by iTunes from CDs I own (not music purchased/downloaded from the iTunes store) however there are hundreds of albums that do show in the list that were imported before and after the missing ones, so not sure what makes these few albums "special".


Any ideas what might cause something like this - certain "random" folders/files not showing in the search results?

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Ultimate Geek
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  #1490346 11-Feb-2016 13:28
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Is it possible to use an app that is built for syncing an iTunes library with your phone?

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Uber Geek

  #1490361 11-Feb-2016 13:36
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Try a 3rd party search tool
I find Win7,8,10 etc built in file search truly awefull.


In the off chance that some files are marked hidden or system , the search wont show those either (by default, there is a workaround)
Chances are thats not your issue though


Also, they might be MP4 , mpa or whatever oddball format itunes liked to convert music collections into.
Try a search for *.mp*
Try a search for the name of one of the songs & see if it finds it then.




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Uber Geek

  #1490367 11-Feb-2016 13:45
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@UHD: Is it possible to use an app that is built for syncing an iTunes library with your phone? 


I'm sure it's perfectly possible, probably easier, and I should look into the options for this.  But I'm more interested in why some folders (and their contents) don't show in File Explorer, and I'm not sure if this is necessarily an iTunes thing so much as a Windows thing. 

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  #1490382 11-Feb-2016 14:00
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you're not hitting the 260 character filepath+filename limit are you on some of these long subdirectories?




Also, as others have said, check the file attributes.

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Uber Geek

  #1490420 11-Feb-2016 14:34
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@notesgnome: you're not hitting the 260 character filepath+filename limit are you on some of these long subdirectories? 


I don't think the filepath/name character limit is the problem. For example, I could see all the tracks from \Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers\Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers\ but not from \Adele\21\.


BTW: I don't actually want Adele on my phone (he said defensively ) - just using that as an example of one I saw was was missing once I'd noticed the problem, as it should have been right at the top of the list when sorted by artist.

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Uber Geek

  #1490458 11-Feb-2016 14:57
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Try dragging the songs direct from iTunes (the application) into a folder, it used to work I think

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  #1490500 11-Feb-2016 15:21
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@Yabanize: Try dragging the songs direct from iTunes (the application) into a folder, it used to work I think 


Really? I never thought of that. I'll certainly give it a crack tonight - that would probably be the easiest way, particularly if I set up a "Phone" playlist...


Thanks for the suggestion.

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