Spotlight Indexing Tips: How to Force Index iPod Music Files

Today, a useful tip was shared on Mac OS X Hints for those looking to make their iPod’s invisible music files searchable via Spotlight. Open your Terminal application found in /Applications/Utilities/ and enter the following command:

sudo mdimport -f /Volumes/[your_iPod]/iPod_control/

Be sure to substitute [your_iPod] with your device’s actual name and add a before any spaces.

After pressing return, you’ll need to enter your admin password. This action will prompt Spotlight to update its index with your iPod’s music files.

Once the indexing is complete, simply use Spotlight to locate a song.

When you play it, the track will be added to your iTunes Music Library. This method is a straightforward alternative to using tools like iPodFolderOpener.

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