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Old Dec 4, 2010, 01:47 PM   #1
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iTunes keeps making a separate music folder

My iTunes folder is in /Louis/Music/iTunes, but for some reason iTunes keeps creating a separate folder /Macintosh HD/Music and dumping a few songs by a few different artists there. I've tried 'consolidating' the library twice, deleting the songs from iTunes and re-adding them. I have the 'keep iTunes music folder organized' option as well as the 'copy files into iTunes folder' options checked. Nothing works. What is wrong? It makes absolutely no sense why it would create it's own random folder and dump the songs there.
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Old Dec 4, 2010, 01:48 PM   #2
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iTunes > Preferences > Advanced > iTunes Media folder location

What path does it show there?
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Old Dec 4, 2010, 01:49 PM   #3
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iTunes > Preferences > Advanced > iTunes Media folder location
Read the post.

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Old Dec 4, 2010, 01:50 PM   #4
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Read the post.
I did read it. I wanted to verify that iTunes reflects what you claim is your music folder.
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Old Dec 4, 2010, 01:57 PM   #5
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I did read it. I wanted to verify that iTunes reflects what you claim is your music folder.
/Users/Louis/Music/iTunes

and it's been set as that forever.
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Old Dec 4, 2010, 01:59 PM   #6
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/Users/Louis/Music/iTunes
and it's been set as that forever.
You might try quitting iTunes, then restarting it after deleting the iTunes preference file, located here:
/Users/username/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iTunes.plist
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Old Dec 4, 2010, 02:06 PM   #7
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I have the 'keep iTunes music folder organized' option as well as the 'copy files into iTunes folder' options checked.
Try unticking those two options and let us know what happens when you import your music.
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Old Dec 4, 2010, 02:07 PM   #8
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Just did that. Didn't work. When I drag something into iTunes, it puts the file in /Macintosh HD/Music ... I don't know why it's creating that folder and putting stuff in there when my iTunes Media folder is clearly not set there. I'm baffled.
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Just did that.
Just did what? Deleting the .plist, or unchecking the boxes? You can also try creating a new library and importing everything there.
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Old Dec 4, 2010, 02:13 PM   #10
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Try unticking those two options and let us know what happens when you import your music.
That worked. I then put the 'Millionyoung' folder into my iTunes Media folder, then File > Add to library. It didn't make the new folder this time.

Any reason why it was doing this?
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That worked. I then put the 'Millionyoung' folder into my iTunes Media folder, then File > Add to library. It didn't make the new folder this time.

Any reason why it was doing this?
With the boxes checked, iTunes makes a copy of any file you add to the library and puts the music in your iTunes Media folder, using its own filing method. That means you have duplicate songs on your hard drive, unless you delete the originals. When you uncheck the boxes, iTunes just adds the music to your library, but leaves the files where they are. The fact that it was adding it to another folder indicates the .plist file might have been corrupt.
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With the boxes checked, iTunes makes a copy of any file you add to the library and puts the music in your iTunes Media folder, using its own filing method. That means you have duplicate songs on your hard drive, unless you delete the originals. When you uncheck the boxes, iTunes just adds the music to your library, but leaves the files where they are. The fact that it was adding it to another folder indicates the .plist file might have been corrupt.
But it did it anyway after I deleted the .plist file you mentioned.
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But it did it anyway after I deleted the .plist file you mentioned.
This is the first you mentioned that you deleted the plist. It helps if you give feedback, so we can offer accurate help.
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That worked. I then put the 'Millionyoung' folder into my iTunes Media folder, then File > Add to library. It didn't make the new folder this time.

Any reason why it was doing this?
I've always stored all my music on an external hard drive and the same happened to me when I started using iTunes about seven years ago. I've run it with those two options unticked since then and I've had no further problems.
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Old Dec 4, 2010, 02:21 PM   #15
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This is the first you mentioned that you deleted the plist. It helps if you give feedback, so we can offer accurate help.
I mentioned it, the other guy replied before me so it caused some confusion. Now when I recheck those boxes, without touching anything else, it re-creates the /Macintosh HD/Music folder and moves the songs to there. What the hell?
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I've always stored all my music on an external hard drive and the same happened to me when I started using iTunes about seven years ago. I've run it with those two options unticked since then and I've had no further problems.
I've been using iTunes for years dragging my originals into itunes, letting them get copied into my iTunes folder, then deleting the originals. This is my first time having a problem. It's the weirdest thing I've encountered in awhile.
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