After I updated to iTunes 11 (a huge update!), I was unable to import folders as I had been able to in the past. I have a couple thousand CDs that I’ve been ripping for the last few years, and suddenly, things stopped working. After a lot of trial and error, I have fixed the problem–iTunes was choking on the playlist files (m3u) that were in the folder.
- Operating system: Windows XP and Windows 7 (the same thing happened on two different computers)
- Location of files to import: External hard disk drive. Letter was J:\ or so.
- iTunes version: iTunes 18.104.22.168
- Keep iTunes Media folder organized: Checked
- Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library: Checked
Duplicate the problem: iTunes crashes when it imports folders
- Start up your Windows 7 computer
- Make sure you have a folder with at least one .mp3 files and one .m3u file in it.
- Open iTunes 11
- Make sure this option is selected: Keep iTunes Media folder organized
- Make sure this option is selected: Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library: Checked
- Click File > Add Folder to LIbrary…
- Navigate to the folder listed in Step 2
- Click on that folder
- Click Select Folder
- iTunes, at least on my computer, starts the import, but freezes
- To force iTunes to close, do a quick CTRL+Shift+ Esc (CTRL+ALT+DEL doesn’t work in Windows 7 as it did in earlier Windows version)
Solution: How to search for all .m3u, files on an external drive in Windows 7
Simply delete the .m3u files. In my case, I actually moved them to a different folder for later use. The easiest way to do this is to use Windows search. Just enter *.m3u in the search box. You can also specify a location as well, if you don’t want to search all of your drives. Here’s how:
- Start your Windows 7 computer
- Click the Start button or the Windows key
- In the search box (which says Select programs and files) type *.m3u
- Right above that, you should, in a split second, see an option that says See more results Click on that. A new window should appear.
- At the very bottom of the window, you’ll see some options. If you don’t see the options, try scrolling all the way to the bottom.
- Click on Custom…
- Click the locations you’d like to search. In my case, to search an external drive, I just click the little triangle next to Computer, which will expand more options right below. Check the box to the left of the drive you’d like to search.
- Click OK
- Wait for your results.
- Update: Repeat for nfo, cue, and pls files.
That’s it! You should now see the files you were searching for.
Hope that helps someone.