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I want to be able to find all mp3 files with exactly 4 letters so i can highlight them and open them up in ITunes. How do I do this?

I recently copied mp3s from my iPod to my mac. These files are all labelled with 4 random letters (eg. WRXL) and only reveal the name of the artist and song once opened in iTunes. When I highlighted all the files and double clicked and most of them opened up iTunes and became properly labelled, however i am left with about 2000 songs with the weird labels. These files are scattered through different albums and artists, so i need to find a way to group them all together so i can open them at the same time.

Thanks for the help!

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You can make it from Terminal.app. Open Terminal, navigate to the folder where Your music is (here's example for iTunes library):

cd ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes\ Media/Music/

Then run this command:

find . -name "[[:alpha:]][[:alpha:]][[:alpha:]][[:alpha:]].mp3" -exec open {} \;"

This will find all 4 letters mp3 files, for example XXXX.mp3 and open them in default app.


Pattern in the find command could be shortened, but I can't find it right now.

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I'd just use the Recently Added smartlist & sort by date added.

You can't search by '4 random characters'.

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