Consolidating music files in itunes
The instructions outlined here will use the vernacular found in i Tunes version 12.x Before you begin, you must have a current backup of your Mac, or at the very least, a current backup of i Tunes.
The process of moving your i Tunes library includes deleting the original source library.
Consolidating as I've said will copy files that are in the library to the i Tunes Music folder and point the database to the new location. Does i Tunes build its library based on the Location preference found under the Advance tab? Could I do the consolidation 'manually', so I have more control over what takes place?
So, yes you'll have extra files still in the original folders which once you are happy the consolidation has worked you'll be in a position to delete. (i.e Tracks are moved to the i Tunes folders, but I have no idea where the originals came from.) 3.
The specific methods to consolidate i Tunes library might be vary slightly because of the operation systems. Launch i Tunes and click the "File" to access the pull down menu.
Select the "Add to Library" on Mac or "Add Folder to Library" on Windows. Click the "Select Folder", import and consolidate files into i Tunes.
Can someone explain how the i Tunes library system works (I'm not afraid of details). When you consolidate, any songs in the i Tunes Library that are not in the i Tunes Music Folder are copied to the Music Folder and the Library is updated to point to those new files. Can you tell me the technical details behind how the i Tunes Library files works?
(i.e Tracks are moved to the i Tunes folders, but I have no idea where the originals came from.)* No, i Tunes doesn't support folder watching, if you move the files manually through Finder on a Mac or Windows Explorer on a PC then i Tunes will lose the location of the songs and display an exclamation mark against them in your library. If I can do this manually, would I simply drag the existing folders in the i Tunes folder, and relaunch i Tunes?If something should go wrong and you don't have a backup, you could lose all of your music files.The process outlined here will retain all of your i Tunes settings, including playlists and ratings, and all media files; not just music and video, but audiobooks, podcasts, etc.* You can't do it manually, i Tunes doesn't "see" any moves you make outside of the program. If I'm hearing you correctly, outside of the "Consolidate" command, all management of music in i Tunes is handled internally within i Tunes (as in importing music). Fw-300 #ya-qn-sort h2 /* Breadcrumb */ #ya-question-breadcrumb #ya-question-breadcrumb i #ya-question-breadcrumb a #bc .ya-q-full-text, .ya-q-text #ya-question-detail h1 html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-text html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] #ya-question-detail h1, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] #ya-question-detail h1 /* Trending Now */ /* Center Rail */ #ya-center-rail .profile-banner-default .ya-ba-title #Stencil . Bgc-lgr .tupwrap .comment-text /* Right Rail */ #Stencil .