Renaming files - loosing analysis results?

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29 Aug, 2010 10:17 AM


I am just in a stage of updating my music collection.

I gathered the music from various places all over my network.
I analysed all the files using beaTunes.

Now I had to rename files, so that I have a common filename layout.
I used Mp3tag (freeware) for this job.

More than half of all my files got a new name (but not new tags).

It seems that beaTunes has lost all the information that it already analysed those files.
At the moment I am scanning 6.000 files a second time.

How should I deal with file-renaming and beaTunes?
What are the best practice suggestions?

Should I only use beaTunes and iTunes to do the job?
F.e. activate the automatic file adminsitration in iTunes?

Any tipp is welcomed.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by hendrik on 29 Aug, 2010 11:58 AM

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    iTunes really does not deal well with manual file renaming. If you like iTunes and really want to use it, you're better off not renaming your files (... and why would you? iTunes never shows you the filename).

    However, not everybody likes iTunes. If you want to keep on renaming your files manually or through other software than iTunes itself, you need to embed the data that beaTunes is calculating in those files - otherwise you loose the 'connection'.

    To do so, go to the beaTunes general preferences before you analyze any files with beaTunes and check that 'Embed non-iTunes fields' checkbox. That will make sure that beaTunes writes results not only to its internal database, but also to the files themselves. If you now move/rename the files you can ask beaTunes to import data from the files (there is an Analysis Task for that). That was you don't have to recompute them.

    Hope this helps,


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