I want to play videos using iTunes U. I put them into the correct folder. But cannot see them in the iTunes U section in iTunes on os x. Do I need to tag them or something?

My files are mp4. They are in the same folder as other files which work which I downloaded from the iTunes Store. What is different about the iTunes store files? How do I get my mp4 files to work in iTunes U?

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  • Try dragging it into the iTunes window? – ruddfawcett Aug 7 '16 at 20:25
  • @ruddfawcett good idea but unfortunately does not work – Conor Cosnett Aug 9 '16 at 16:32
  • Have you tried right clicking on the file and choosing open with iTunes . It is possible iTunes doesn't know that the file is in its library because you dragged it there as opposed to opening it with iTunes and letting iTunes move it there, by opening it with iTunes it creates a directory path.. – Alaska Man Oct 10 '16 at 7:59

The meta data for a video file destined for iTunes must have the right internal identifier for the file type.

For example, I might rip a DVD then encode it with handbrake. If I throw this file in iTunes to move to my iDevice it thinks it is a home movie. Slight inconvenience. I use a free program, meta z, to set the internal identifier to "movie" and now it will show up in the right place. Meta z also can set cover art and other web scraped data to make rips look professional. A similar kind of processing needs to happen for iTunesU content.

Youtube will not preserve the internal file meta data that iTunes needs for the file to be identified as an iTunesU file. Meta Z can set whatever bit of meta data needs to be set for the file to be associated as an iTunesU file. iTunesU is in the video type dropdown in Meta Z so it should work though I have not personally tried it. Though you will also have to set all the other meta data too, which may be annoying.

Meta Z is free so give it a shot I guess. Griff.github.io/metaz/

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