quite frankly -- unless youve got a bunch of beat griidding and loop markers, and tags set. the analysis files are garbage. it takes traktor 15-45 seconds to do this. Doing two thousand songs -- well this can take some work and computer cpu cycles. All the time you spent getting your collection into itunes ... imagine doing that over again. So I would suggest doing some experiments and talking to apple computers a little bit on the best way to do this stuff. Someone has to address these issues. here is my situation. I have about 30,000 songs in itunes. On three hardrives And I have an additional itunes library from two other machines that I have to archive and make available to my system somehow. I also have thousands of duplicates. truthfulley right now how i am composing mixes. I use the finder and do a system wide search. I type whatever funney word is in my head and I see what i come up with its pretty simple.. sigh then i drag the files onto the decks and have a session. For itunes I have done what i was talking about in my alternative library management thread. For months I was having all these issues with Itunes playlists and so was my DJ So we did the same thing. We used them together and also aimed our sights at not using Itunes anymore. If a track wouldn't play in traktor it played in Itunes. And if the track wouldn't play on either than we played a record. I finally got sick of too much library bologne issues and I have completely minimized my traktor library. I have now 165 tracks in traktor. Basically the composition of my new Remix project. I am using sync now instead of itunes to prelisten and analyze tracks. I think it sounds a little better. and its crossfades are better. It does lack some browsing functions that Itunes has but for the most part its doing well. And not crashing. I did have a number of really great playlists in tunes. So then when I would try to import an itunes playlist. It was 15 - 20 minutes of traktor thinking about my entire itunes library. Not acceptable. Those playlists are more important than Itunes Heirarchial structure. Having all the artists in the same folder etc. Sorting like this is always possible by just ordering the songs in the playlist by cell value. More important to me is when I got the music and how it is related to other music that I got at the same time and How i had it arranged in those playlists. So ive been exporting those playlists from Itunes as xml files and then opening the actual exported xml file in sync instead of my itunes library. Then I paste the playlist into a sync/traktor playlist and then use the archive function to extract the tracks from Itunes world and get them into a safe special place near traktor and in traktor's language. Then I have much fewer issues with the tracks playback and communication with itunes and its massive library. The tracks are in one of my crates in the order of the original itunes playlist. I also write the Itunes tags to the playlists files before I do the export process.(careful with / drm protection!) So that I have my info edits. And also i do this thing where I add a comment to the songs in the playlist as a group so that I can call up all the songs from the Itunes main library. before I export them . when in the main itunes library I can delete them from the library. but not from the hardrive of course. So the exported xml file that I open in sync STILL works. Then the song tags are gone from my itunes library as well and not confusing me. There is a specific order to do this in. ' i am ending up with crates of records and crates on DVD. If I want to find a group of songs by particular artist I search my finder. In the finder view I can order by kind size and date etc. giving me some control. i am also starting work with Rapid evolution software. HAven't gotten alot accomplished with it yet. .. If there is any thing you would like to know more about please feel free to ask.