You can consolidate all the files in your library in the i Tunes folder—for example, to make it easier to move your library to a new computer.You can consolidate all the files in your library in the i Tunes folder—for example, to make it easier to move your library to a new computer. The Consolidate function works as described above - it copies media files that are referenced in your i Tunes Library and are not in the canonical i Tunes Media folder structure into that structure. There are, however, multiple threads here addressing this topic (most recently Duplicate Tunes).
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* That tab simply tells i Tunes the location of the i Tunes Music folder.
If you don't have "Copy files to i Tunes Music folder when adding to library" checked then the song files you add from folders on your computer will have their location referenced in the i Tunes Library file. Could I do the consolidation 'manually', so I have more control over what takes place? Since I have some of my music on the main drive, and now everything goes to an external which is which I changed it to awhile back.
(I can currently see them all in i Tunes, because I manually imported many of them there, over the years.) 2.
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?
This method is a bit more complicated to set up, but easy to use.
Fire up Script Editor (which is under Applications/Apple Script, but it will work with Text Edit).
(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? I now have an internal secondary drive (or slave drive) where I want to have it all.
* 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). If I change my folder to that drive, would consolidate my library copy everything to that drive, or to the original (Main hard drive)or the external drive?
Purchased Music from the i Tunes Store: This will not work for (.m4p).