Thanks Jeff for your input.
I tried that, a lot less space since the 2.2GB iTunes folder is not copied, most of that in my case are the copies of videos in a different format than those in my "Video" folder, nor the many art JPG files I, for one don’t need videos in the car. Indexing was reduced from over 40 minutes to just over 30 minutes for my 2,905 songs. My previously placed artist with songs from two albums of course did no longer work. I could only re-create it after
indexing was finished. But just like before, CUE seems to be able to basically immediately read all the ID3 tags in all songs and one can select a song, artist, album, etc. Not sure about playlists or the like as they are not in the ID3 tags.
Artwork was not available, even though I copied all the art files from just one album to my SD card and selected that album. Nor where there any playlists. Since I believe playlists can not be generated directly in CUE, unless I missed some instructions, I assume some files from the iTunes folders are required. I did some investigation as to files probably needed, being:
- the iTunes Library.itl file which contains information about all songs, videos, and audiobooks, as well as playlists, comments, ratings.
- the iTunes Music Library.xml file which is just another version of the iTunes Library file, but in a format that is readable by other programs that may be able to access the iTunes content.
- the iTunes Library Extras.itdb contains some Gracenote CDDB information.
- the iTunes Library Genius.itdb contains information about the music library for iTunes’ Genius feature.
- And there is the Album Artwork folder, which contains both album art downloaded from the iTunes Store and a cache of album art that iTunes uses in its various displays—for Cover Flow and regular album art displays in the iTunes library or playlists. That Artwork/Cache folder contains various numbered subfolders, which seems to be related to my present set-up of album folders.
Having perused the .xml file, which is readable, I note it contains location info, i.e. the subfolder, sooooooo, while the method you suggested and now used by me works for playing songs, artists, albums, etc. and reduces the indexing time somewhat, if one wishes to see the artwork, use playlists, etc. it may well be necessary to use subfolders. Of course it could be possible to re-arrange everything on the computer first which would change the iTunes Music Library files as well and then copy it to the media used for the car. Not sure if the various art files I presently have in the various album folders are a duplicate of what iTunes has in the Album Artwork folder and which one/or both are needed. But my test outlined above didn’t work. I assume the ones with hex names are the ones used by iTunes. I also found in my album folders files with identical names called Album Art small.jpg and Folder.jpg but don’t know what created them and if needed. If needed, given the idential names, subfolders would be required.
Now if only some expert of CUE can provide some information as to what info, other then the actual music file is being used/required by CUE, that would be nice.
As to video information, I for one are not interested in videos in my car, certainly not while driving and when parked, I can use my iPad. (Don’t’ have a smart phone yet).
Of course, there is still the important task for the CUE team find a better way. I.e. to reduce/eliminate the indexing aspect for every start of the car if there was no change to the media which carries the music. Given the many requests posted, I’m sure they are working at that.
I removed the "Further Addendum" from my previous post as the problem of playing an incorrect artist in my selection was not CUE’s fault. I should have gone back to the original C/D’s first, both of which I had received from a friend, as I just couldn’t believe that CUE could even generate such an error. I checked now and found out that one C/D was correct, the other had (albeit a slightly smaller file) the same song with just a slight change in name but incorrect album/artist info in the ID3 tag. Sorry about that.