What's the best way to organize poorly tagged foreign music in iTunes?

ArJuN

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I have perfectly tagged American music and extremely poorly tagged foreign music in my collection. I'm trying to find the best way to organize it so it doesn't turn into a jumbled mess when I use iOS devices as remotes. Right now they all mix together. For example, is there a way to stick all the foreign music into a playlist but not in the main library? I know I can create two libraries, but the down side to that is I can't stream them both at the same time.
 

TheStu

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There would be some manual work to it probably, but if you create 3 playlists:
Foreign
Not Foreign
All

That takes care of it. The real question is if there is a way to have smart playlists generate for you, then it would live update (or at least should).

What's the end game here? To finally have them all properly tagged, and putting them in one place so you can go through them easier?
 

ArJuN

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Thanks for the reply. I'm not a user of the smart playlists (if there is a way to disable that feature I will).

The end game is to just be able to go through the music easier. I'm not worried about tagging the foreign music. (If I could, I would, but it seems like an impossible feat.) I just want to be able to browse the library from the iPad 'Remote' app and not have all the foreign music tags get in the way. I want to somehow have my English music and foriegn music be accessed seperately in the Remote app and on the Apple TV.
 

ArJuN

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I just tried separating the music into Playlists. Is Apple serious about not letting you sort within a Playlist on the iOS app? That seems so...evil.
 

GWestphal

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There are some applications that while pull a shazam type deal on your untagged music and tag it for you. There was some thing like "_____ Brain" I see to recall.
 

ArJuN

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I've tried Picard MusicBrainz, but I don't think that has the Shazam type of recognition, it just goes by tags. I'll see if there was something else, thanks for the suggestion!
 

ArJuN

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In case someone comes across this thread via Google: I labeled all the foreign music as 'International' under genre, and 'English' for the rest. It's far from ideal, but it works.
 

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This might not help much since you're on a mac, but Foobar2000 has an awesome auto-tagging feature that looks up your music through freedb. So if anyone else has submitted tags for that music, it will tag them automatically.