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When I import music from an external source, it sorts it into the nice and organized folders by artist - album, but when I import music from Downloads, it just references the file in Downloads and doesn't sort it. How can I force Rhythmbox to sort my downloaded music. Ubuntu 10.10, Rhythmbox 0.13.1

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Assuming you mean you want the files to be placed in a directory hierarchy on import I'm afraid it looks like rhythmbox doesn't currently support this feature. There is a bug open in the GNOME bugzilla:

If you are not tied to rhythmbox, banshee (which will be the default media player in future Ubuntu versions) does support this operation.

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What menu option lets you do this in banshee? – Will03uk Feb 17 '11 at 0:03
In Edit->Preferences, check "Copy files to media folders when importing". It will then happen automatically. – ssweeny Feb 17 '11 at 0:08

I'd also like this feature built in, but for the time being there's a plugin for Rhythmbox called 'File Organizer': How do I force Rhythmbox to automatically organise my music files into folders?

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