does itunes have to copy

somewhatstunned

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I want an mp3 player that plays songs right off where they sit on my drive. It looks like iTunes has to copy everything into its library first.

Is this true?

Is there an OSX application that does what I want?
 

spicyapple

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No. You can go into iTunes preferences/Advanced tab to change the setting, although I recommend that you let iTunes manage your library.
 

spicyapple

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It'll make music management easier, because then you wouldn't have to worry where your music goes, and you can use the iTunes interface to manage your music.
 

mad jew

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I'm not sure I understand. The music has to be on your MP3 player so that when you unplug it, it'll be able to play the music. :confused:

I second the notion to let iTunes manage your files. It's much easier. :cool:
 

somewhatstunned

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Oh ok, I get it. I wasn't talking about iPod. I was talking about iTunes playing mp3s that I keep on my laptop's hd.

It seems a needless waste of space to copy them to another location on my drive just to play them in iTunes. So I'll turn that feature off. I have my mp3s just as I like them already. Plus I like to share them with my other computers.

If I had an iPod I'd copy them to the iPod, you betcha!
 

VoodooDaddy

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I keep all my music on an external hdd. I add the folders I want into iTunes. It doesnt copy the songs to the iTunes library. The library list in iTunes is basically a shortcut to where the song is located.
 

mad jew

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It's something that takes a bit of getting used to, but I have to agree. Getting iTunes to manage your files is easier in the long run. As spicyapple says, you can select a track and press COMMAND-R to find it's location or you can use the contextual menu from right-clicking. :)