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Use this feature to add music files to your collection from other sources, like a USB stick or other location on your computer. It copies and renames music files from other drives or directories into your music files directory and adds them to the open library. It creates the required directory structure "musicdirectory\artist\album\tracks".

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First choose the Source Directory which contains the files to be imported. This can be a parent directory or even a drive letter, e.g. "F:". Press the Find Music Files button to start the scan for all music files in or below the Source Directory. The source directory and all its subdirectories are searched for music files, and the list of all files found is displayed in the window.

Check Find Album Art files if the source directories also contain album art files which you want to import.

The scan fills in the Artist, Album, Track name and other properties from the tags found in the music file. If the file does not contain any tags, MuMan will try to determine the track number, track name, artist etc. from the file name and directory name.

Make sure the Destination Directory is your music files directory, or is where you want the imported files to be copied.

Tick the check boxes on the left for the files you want to import. To select all the tracks on an album, select one track and press Ctrl+A and then Space to check all the tracks.

Check carefully that each track has the correct Artist, Album and Track names, Track number, Genre, Mood and Year. If not, use the Edit command (F6) to open the Edit Track Details dialog box. Very often the tags in the file will be wrong, and it's worth taking the opportunity to correct and update them when the file is imported.

You can mark all the tracks on an album and rename everything but the track number and track name all in one go.

When uncompressed files are imported (see list below), you can automatically convert these to MP3 by checking the Convert uncompressed files to MP3 checkbox. If the files are already MP3 files, you can update the tags in the files with the Artist, Album, Track and Year by checking the Update tabs in imported MP3 files checkbox.

Music file names

Imported music file names will have the following format: "xx_trackname_artistname.ext", e.g. "02_Twist and Shout_The Beatles.wav". The 1st two digits (xx) are the track number. The track name and artist name are separated by a single underscore '_'. This helps when viewing the files list because the tracks will be sorted by track number.

Tip: If you have a directory for "miscellaneous tracks" by different artists from different albums, you can leave out the track number by leaving it blank, e.g. "Twist and Shout_The Beatles.wav".

The names of artists, albums and tracks often contain characters which are invalid in Windows file names, such as \  ? * : , and character sequences like ... . The Music Library Manager tries to create valid file names from these, but will still insult you if there are any artist, album or track names which are invalid. The names cannot contain an underscore '_' because this is used as the separator in the file names.

Context menu

If you right-click on a track, this pop-up menu appears:

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Use Edit Track Details to correct the artist, album and track details. You can select all the tracks on an album to update everything but the track number and name.

Source Directory

This is the directory, parent directory or drive to be searched for music files. Press + to show the "Browse For Directory" dialog box.

Destination Directory

This is the directory to which the music files will be copied. By default this is your music files directory, so you don't need to change it. Press + to browse for it.

Find Music Files button

Press this button to start scanning the Source Directory and all its child directories for files.

 

Options:

Find Album Art Files

Check this if the source directory also contains separate album art files for each album. These can be imported too. If you have purchased and downloaded a digital album, it will often come with image files of the album cover, artists, etc. If checked, then these file types are also added to the list: JPG BMP PNG TIFF GIF. You can view these files, and edit the artist and album names to define where it will be copied.

Album art files should be in the album directory, and should have the same name as the album, or the name "AlbumArt.xxx". JPG files are recommended, they are smallest and have the best quality.

Convert uncompressed files to MP3

If checked, then FLAC and WAV files will be converted to high-quality MP3 on import. Only use this if you do not have the space to store the original lossless FLAC and WAV files. Normally you only need to convert these to MP3 if you export them to a mobile phone etc. Supported files which are already compressed should not be converted.

Update tags in imported MP3 files

When MP3 files are imported, the tags will be updated with new tags created by the Music Library Manager from the entered Artist, Album, Track names and Year. All existing tags are replaced.

Edit Track Details... or Edit Album Art... button   F6

Opens the Edit Track Details form, so you can rename the Artist, Album and/or Track names of the marked tracks highlighted in blue. Double-click on a track to do the same thing. If more than one track is marked, you can edit the Artist and Album names, but not the Track name.

To mark more than one track, click on the first track, then hold down the Shit key and click on the last track. Or hold down the Shit key and press the up or down arrow key with your left elbow. You can also mark individual tracks by holding down the Ctrl key with your nose and clicking on each track with your right foot. Press Ctrl+A to mark all tracks. Or you can simply go down the pub right away.

EditTrackDetails

If an album art image file is selected, the text changes to 'Edit Album Art...' and the command will edit the artist, and album name for the album art instead of editing the track details. Album art files should normally have the name 'AlbumArt', and they must be saved in the same album directory as the music files. This means you must use the same Artist Name and Album Name as is used for the tracks.

Tip: You can always add the album art later using the Choose Album Art feature. This is best if the image is low resolution or poor quality.

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Play Track or View Image  F12

If the marked file is a music file, this starts playing the track in the Music Player so you can determine if it's OK, or is complete rubbish which is not worthy of inclusion in your superb music collection (but maybe your mother-in-law would like it). If the marked file is an image file, Windows will open it with the application registered for viewing that file type, e.g. Paint or Microsoft Photo Viewer.

Start Import button

Clever users may have already figured this one out. For other users: Press this button to start the import of the checked tracks.

Make sure all the Artist, Album and Track names are correct before you press this button. During the import, the progress bar indicates the, ur, progress.

This button changes to Stop Import during an import. If it changes into anything else then you are probably hallucinating. You can stop the import at any time by pressing the Stop Import button. Because the files can be big, there may be a slight delay in your computer responding to the Stop Import button. Just press it once and wait a few seconds until the PC has ended copying or converting the current file. If you abort, then the files which have already been imported remain there.

When each file which is successfully imported, it is removed from the list.

Notes

You can also use the Import Music Files command as a general-purpose tool for converting FLAC and WAV files to MP3, or for updating the tags in MP3s. The destination directory does not have to be your Music Library Manager's music files directory.

Uncompressed FLAC and WAV files can be converted to MP3 on import to save space, but with some loss of quality. If you have enough space, do NOT convert them, leave them in WAV or FLAC format so you don't lose anything - one day you may have a real Hi-Fi and you'll notice the difference! There's no need to convert other compressed file types to MP3 because they are already compressed, and the music player can use them directly. (Even if you could do it, converting one compressed format to another will cause a very serious degradation of quality - sometimes they are even unplayable.)

You should always check that the information read from the tags is correct, because many people who write the tags appear to be illiterate, or must have just got back from the pub when they wrote them.

The original imported file is never deleted. You may want to delete the originals once they are safely in your music files directory. MuMan will never silently delete any files.

Use 'Del' to remove the selected files from the list. This is only to make a large list easier to navigate by reducing the number of visible files. No files are actually deleted!

You will be warned if a destination file already exists, and you can overwrite it or skip the import of this file.

You can resize this dialog box by dragging the borders, or maximize it by double-clicking the title bar.

When ripping CDs or digitizing albums, you can store these directly into your music files directory and MuMan will add them to the library if the 'Add tracks to Music Library' option is selected.