I’ve had a irritating downside with my iTunes library for nearly a yr now. A few of my tracks, all domestically saved mp3s from a wide range of sources, will play till precisely the 3-minute mark after which skip to the following tune with out taking part in the remainder of the observe. It impacts about 20% of my library of 20,000 songs, and solely impacts songs which have been imported within the final couple of years. I’ve observed that when the skipping downside impacts one tune on an album, all of the songs on the album may even be affected.
I’m fairly certain the issue is that my itunes library file (.itl) is corrupted, as a result of the mp3s themselves work fantastic after I play them by way of different applications. I’ve tried varied options, together with checking that there’s not a begin/finish time set within the tune choices, and rebuilding my library as detailed here, however these haven’t fastened the issue. I additionally tried merely deleting the recordsdata from my library and re-importing them, and whereas that fixes the issue often, it isn’t dependable and new songs I add to my library proceed to skip. I’ve tried many different options listed in varied on-line boards, together with these two, and nothing has labored up to now.
I went to the Apple retailer and requested what I may do, and was advised I must delete my iTunes library and create a brand new library, importing all my mp3s once more. This isn’t an excellent resolution for me, partly as a result of I wish to hold my metadata if in any respect attainable (I navigate my giant library utilizing the ‘date added’ area), however largely as a result of my iTunes is organised round dozens of massive playlists that I exploit to navigate my music assortment — I work as a DJ and music author so that is necessary to me.
I’m determined to seek out out if there may be any strategy to repair this downside with out having to start out rebuilding my playlists from scratch, which might be an enormously laborious course of. Does anybody have any concepts that may be capable to assist me?
One other thought I had was that maybe I can export every playlist as a textual content file after which begin a brand new iTunes library and import my mp3s, if there have been some strategy to automate recreating all my playlists from the textual content recordsdata as an alternative of me having to pull round 1000’s of songs.
I’d actually admire any ideas or recommendation.