Any need to copy to iTunes when 'Add to Library' Will do?

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  1. vim147 macrumors regular

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    I have 100GB of music albums on an external.

    If i do 'Add to Library' on itunes 11, it doesn't actually copy them creating another file, its almost like a playlist and using itunes like a player.

    Isn't this a better way then copying them to itunes as i've already got a copy on external ? or am i missing something ?
     
  2. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

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    You need to have;

    iTunes > Preferences > Advanced > Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library

    ticked, otherwise iTunes operates like you described.
     
  3. vim147 thread starter macrumors regular

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    What's the benefit of copying them when you already have them on an external anyway ?
     
  4. quasinormal, Mar 6, 2013
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    quasinormal macrumors 6502a

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    Probably having all your files in the iTunes media folder, rather than scattered around your home folder/external drive.

    When I add stuff to iTunes, I have that box ticked (and the keep files organised ticked) and then delete the original. If I had my itunes media folder on an external drive, when adding to library I leave the box add files box unticked when setting up iTunes.

    Sorry I can't be more clear about it. Trying to work out iTunes does my head in. What version iTunes are you using?
     
  5. vim147 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I use the latest version of itunes. The thing i dont like about adding to itunes folder library is that it groups it all in as artist library media folders.
     
  6. Mike MA macrumors 65816

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    If I'm not wrong iTunes manages your songs once they are copied into the media folder. Try changing some album titles within iTunes, the respective folders on your drive will be changed too for instance.

    You can also put all your music into the iTunes library folder in the first place. As a result you have the benefit stated above and though not having your media stored twice.
     

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