Hi there. My external hard drive died and I lost all my iTunes files. Luckily, I have them all on my iPod. Unluckily, on importing into iTunes (or any other software / copying to my phone, etc.), it strips away all the tag info for about 14,000 songs, so all I have is the song titles - no artist info, grouping details, etc. It's not something I can easily recreate, short of manually re-entering all the details, which I have calculated will take me about 5 years, at the rate I'm going. (The tags are all safely on the iPod still and I am petrified of losing or breaking or accidentally writing over the device!)
I've been investigating this for a year, now. It seems when you tick the box to allow iTunes to convert your files to a lower bitrate when syncing to the iPod, to save space on the device, it removes all that information. So I have 25k songs in total, but it's just the 14k without tags. No software can help me with this easily, as with that many songs, I really need things like my grouping information and star ratings, etc. to keep it all organised. So, I need something personalised.
I spoke to someone who said he could easily build me a script for PC, to take all the details off the iPod, into a text file, and then match it back up with all the tracks in iTunes. The idea was to identify each track by the file size, converting that size into a lengthy numeric code. There might have been a few duplicates, but far fewer than 14,000 tracks, so I could work those ones out manually.
However, I'm on a Mac and the process just didn't work out. The person trying to help me didn't know enough about AppleScript to make it work for the Mac, so it hit a dead end.
I don't personally know anything about scripts / coding and have been searching for someone who might be able to build me a script that will resolve this on the Mac. I've now come across MP3Tag but don't really understand how to use it or make it work for my means. I've tried copying all the files off the iPod onto my Mac and then opening that Mac folder in MP3Tag, but I can already see that all the tags are missing in there, as well. I don't understand how the data can be on the iPod but not copy over. It's beyond my IT skills.
I do happen to have txt files of all the tag info off the iPod, if that's any help. I just noticed the 'text file to tag' button...don't know what I'm doing, though.
I would really appreciate all the help anyone is willing to give me. I'm even willing to pay something for it, if it works. Thanks for reading.