Yet another iPod question...

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    The iPod does a great job of sensing any changes you make
    through iTunes in adding/deleting songs and then synching
    accordingly.

    However, I am interested to know about this scenario....

    Say I have "Dancing Machine" by the Jackson Five on my
    iPod.

    Then I find an extended edition of "Dancing Machine" that
    I want to put on my iPod. I delete the old and replace with new.

    Now here is the situation...

    Though I replaced the older version with a newer extended
    version the song title has not changed. That being the
    case, when I sync the iPod, does it know that I replaced a song
    with the same title with a longer version?

    Hope that makes sense.
     
  2. Jon Martin

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    I would guess it would know.

    I've replaced songs and it picks up on it. I think it detects any deletions and additions and adjusts it on every sync regardless of title.
     
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    Ron,
    Are you importing the new song and deleting the old one from within iTunes? Or are you deleting the song from the computer directly and plopping the new song with the same filename?

    The former should work as you'd expect -- I've done this several times. The former may not work, as iTunes keeps its own cache of song meta data, and if doesn't know to update it, well I supose it wouldn't.
     
  4. Ronald Epstein

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    Dave, you used "former" twice in your example.

    I delete the original song first via iTunes and then import the
    newer version (same title) into it.

    All of this is being done within iTunes.
     
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    It should know. If you look at the full details of the song in iTunes, there is a lot of other info, including the date it was created and modified.
     
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    Bah! I had "latter" twice and fixed it. It's been a long week [​IMG]

    What you're doing should work. You can fix any broken songs with the Get Info command and manually update it. Perhaps you should import the new song first, then delete the old one?

    A tip from 2006 says iTunes automatically prevents you from importing duplicate songs. Maybe that feature is causing the trouble. Try that tip out to import the new song and see if helps.
     
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    Dave,

    Actually, there is no problem.

    I can easily delete the original song and replace it with the extended
    version of the same name.

    I was just wondering if when doing a sync that the iPod recognizes
    the fact that a change was made since the song title is the same but
    the length of that song is not.
     
  8. Yumbo

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    Ron,

    iTunes will remember every bit of data per track. The most basic is date added which I what I use for my preferences of sorting.

    What you're doing is date modifying in changing title info.

    Remember, there's heaps of "Track 1" etc. if you're not online.
     

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