iTunes is a good media player, but it misses those little features that you might really need. One niggle is that it doesn’t update the media library automatically – you won’t see the songs that were added recently to your music folders in the iTunes library. You need to manually update the library by adding the folder again.
This is quite time consuming, but there’s a tool called iTunes Folder Watch that comes to the rescue. iTunes Folder Watch keeps an eye on selected folders and checks them occasionally to see if there are any tracks from your selected folders that are not on the library yet, and alerts you of the same. You can just check the songs that you want to add, and the iTunes library is instantly updated with the new tracks.
- Download iTunes Folder Watch from here and start it up by clicking on the Desktop Icon
- Click the Plus ‘+’ icon to add the folders that you want to be monitored
- Click ‘Check Now’ at the bottom of the window
- Now, go to the ‘New Tracks’ tab and you’ll a list of new songs that have not yet been added to your iTunes library
- Click ‘Add checked tracks to iTunes’
- The songs that you selected have been added to your iTunes Library. The iTunes library has been updated automatically
- You can go to the Configuration tab and check the first option that says ‘Automatically add new tracks (within watch folder)to iTunes without intervention’. This will tell iTunes to automatically add new songs to the iTunes library. You need not necessarily follow Steps 4 and 5 once you’ve checked this. Sad thing: This is disabled in the trial version. You need to get a license to use this feature.
Let us know in the comments if you have any questions. Do you more iTunes gripes? Check out this article on how to fix iTunes problems.