hendrik on 22 Dec, 2017 07:59 AM
if you are using iTunes at all, it's highly recommend you use an iTunes-based collection in beaTunes. If you cannot find a song in beaTunes. perhaps it's because it is out of sync. Which basically means you have to synchronize via File -> Synchronize.
Regarding creating matchlists: This depends a lot on your settings. Can you send a screenshot of the match rule set that you are using?
hendrik on 23 Dec, 2017 11:25 AM
the screenshot shows that you are using the match rule set Default. That rule set is defined in the preferences, see http://blog.beatunes.com/2015/02/creating-great-playlists.html ("Song Matching"). If the Default rule set contains rules about BPM, key, etc. but you haven't computed those values, it won't match anything. Did you ever run a full analysis? I.e. do you have values like BPM, key, mood, etc. set in all your songs?
Also: You have the match quality set to 50%. Have you tried lowering this?
I think it’s the compilations?? I don’t think beaTunes is seeing my compilations when sync’ed to iTunes??
No, I don't think so.
Have you tried to synchronize the iTunes based collection?
Yes, when using the ‘file’ system I did a analysis…
I haven’t tried lowering the %, but I will.
Please understand… when I was using the iTunes Library… those settings worked fine. I was able to create Matchlists. It’s only since changing over to the ‘file’ based system, I can’t create Matchlists.
hendrik on 04 Jan, 2018 09:28 AM
I cannot tell from your screenshot: Do you have a file called iTunes Library.xml (without the Music part)?
If you don't have a iTunes Library.xml file, please open the iTunes preferences, go to the Advanced tab and make sure that Share iTunes Library XML with other applications is turned on. Once it's on, you should see a iTunes Library.xml file. For more info see here.
Now, which file is larger? iTunes Library.xml or iTunes Music Library.xml?
My guess is, that iTunes Library.xml is larger. Background: Apple has moved away from iTunes Music Library.xml towards iTunes Library.xml. The file iTunes Music Library.xml is probably just a leftover from quite a while ago, representing an old state of your iTunes library with a few files missing.
Please check in the beaTunes general preferences: Which of the two files is used? What if you use the other one? You can switch by creating a new iTunes collection and selecting the other....xml file.
hendrik on 04 Jan, 2018 11:33 AM
iTunes keeps its data in files ending with .itl or .itdb (see also https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201610). In your case, those files are named iTunes Library..., which leads me to believe that's what iTunes is using.
Those iTunes Music Library... files are probably just leftovers.
Which means that iTunes isn't properly exporting its data as XML, because there should be an iTunes Library.xml file for beaTunes to read.
Let's try to confirm this:
Shut down both iTunes and beaTunes
Delete all those iTunes... files in your iTunes directory that have xml in their name (you shouldn't need to restore those files, but if you want t make sure you can, just move them to another folder instead of deleting them). Be very careful not to delete any other files, especially not the .itl or .itdb files!!
Start iTunes and play a song
Now iTunes should have exported a new XML file. Can you see that file? If there's no new XML file, something with iTunes is wrong.
PS: If you send another screenshot, please make sure to use a Finder view that lists details, such as Date Modified and Size.
hendrik on 04 Jan, 2018 11:48 AM
Ok—I have to admit, that surprises me.
Now please start beaTunes and open then general preferences. Which XML file are you using?
When you synchronize (in beaTunes via File -> Synchronize), do the missing songs appear? After synchronization, please upload your logs via Help -> Upload Logs. Perhaps there is something in there that explains this...
Which file format are your missing songs in? MP3?