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Can Automator do this? (Move folder and THEN import to iTunes)?

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I want to drop a music folder on a droplet and have it automatically moved to my Music directory and then the files in that moved directory added to iTunes. I do not want to have iTunes manage my music files for a number of reasons. I tried to do it

I want to drop a music folder on a droplet and have it automatically moved to my Music directory and then the files in that moved directory added to iTunes. I do not want to have iTunes manage my music files for a number of reasons.
I tried to do it in Automater using the "Move Files" action and then the "Import Files Into iTunes" action, but that didn't work, it only moved the files. I'm missing something, as I'm guessing after the move it doesn't pass the directory info to the next action, but I'm a total Automater/Apple Script noob.
Thanks in advance for any help or advice you might be able to give me.

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That should be very doable.
I think part of the issue you're facing is that automator needs to know the new location of the folders you moved, so you need to add another Get Specified Finder Items action before the Import Audio Files.
Your Automator action would look like this:
Get Specified Finder Items
(Add your drop folder)
Move Finder Items
(Select your music folder location)
Get Specified Finder Items
(Add your new folder location - see note below)
Import Audio Files
(use the MP3 encoder)
This works just fine for me on my system, but I let iTunes manage my music folders and have fixed file locations for the drop, and let the system delete after import.
Some caveats: The MP3 encoder will use what ever you have set in iTunes for the bitrate, etc, so make sure iTunes is set where you want it.
I think another issue you're going to run into is that the process can't be completely automated since you're not using fixed folder locations. To use changing locations, you would open the Options button on Get action, check Show this action when the workflow runs. Then when you drop your files or run the automator, it will pop up a box asking you to point to the folder your new music is in. Not quite automatic, but unless you're going to let iTunes manage, I'm not sure how to do that. I'm certainly not automator expert.
You could probably come up with a very sophisticated applescript to do this, but I'm just learning applescript, so you'll have to get help there from someone else.
To make the automator run on the drop, google for instructions there.
Hope this at least gets you going in the right direction.

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