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#1 Old 08-19-2008, 09:22 AM
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I'm trying to organize my music collection which includes several audiobooks. The filenames for the audio books contain a title which I want to keep but also a string of numbers that I want to get rid of. Is there an easier way to do this other than spending hours renaming each one by hand?
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#2 Old 08-20-2008, 09:09 AM
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I'm trying to organize my music collection which includes several audiobooks. The filenames for the audio books contain a title which I want to keep but also a string of numbers that I want to get rid of. Is there an easier way to do this other than spending hours renaming each one by hand?

Yes there is For windows (from 98 to Vista): ReNamer from www.download.com. This program has a lot of options for renaming large amounts of files, and it's highly unlikely you won't be able to do what you want with it.
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Thanks! I tried about 15 things, including that one yesterday. The ReNamer worked but I found it hard to use. This/ is what I eventually settled on. My audiobooks are renamed and now I just have to convince Itunes to adopt the name I gave them. For some weird reason, it adopted the filenames I gave them for all books except one (naturally it's the one with the worst filenames).
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#4 Old 08-21-2008, 08:25 PM
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You should be able to do it from the command prompt. type



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ren /?



To see get instructions describing what you can do with the ren (rename) command. Or you may want to use the copy command. Be careful tho, with either command it may be possible that you could copy over existing filenames without getting a warning first. Try test renames, and copies, first. Or make sure you new filenames don't already exist.



For files with spaces in the names, identify them with quotes ( "file name" ) around them. Without the quotes, ren won't know where the old filename ends, and the new filename begins. ren "old file name.blob" "new file name.blob"
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