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How can I get a 3-CD opera into iTunes in the correct sequen

by davee38 / October 3, 2012 1:13 AM PDT

It doesn't matter how I rip the CDs (either with iTunes or an external ripper like Express Rip) I cannot get them into a playlist folder containing a single playlist in the correct sequence. The opera ha 51 tracks in total. CDs 1 and 2 each have 15 tracks, CD 3 has 21.
I want the playlist to contain all 51 items in the correct playing sequence of CD1 tracks 1-15, CD2 1-15, CD3 1-21. They tend to sort alphabetically no matter what I do.
Is what I want possible in iTunes and if so how, please?

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(NT) Did you try renaming the tracks?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 3, 2012 1:24 AM PDT
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(NT) Or just adding a number before the name
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 3, 2012 3:10 AM PDT
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iTunes doesn't like names with leading numbers
by davee38 / October 3, 2012 10:47 PM PDT

Thanks for ideas.
I've tried renaming or renumbering the tracks in various ways. Anything numeric is either stripped off or changed to what iTunes thinks it should be - in all cases the disc number (1,2 or3) is lost.
Examples: 1 02 - Akt 1 - (Coro, Barnaba), 102 - Akt 1 - (Coro, Barnaba) and the tracks finish up in alphabetical order of the track names - useless! And the ripping process should really generate the correct names withou subsequent tedious renaming etc.
iTunes doesn't like numbers or banned words like 'The' at the start of a name.
I'm going to try identifying the CDs as A,B,C instead.
Actually I've spent hours and hours over the last few months trying to find a decent ripping/cataloguing progrsm and they just don't understand classical music, which generally has no concept of 'songs', 'artists', 'albums' etc. being of much significance.
Explorer would do the job if it played continuously from the selected track. M'soft media player would be OK if it had nested folders/playlists. Media Center is just unusable.
I've also tried Foobar and Mediamonkey with no results.

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I'll have to take a look at that,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 4, 2012 6:53 AM PDT

numbers thing.

I do believe I have a number of tracks that start with "the" though


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