How to copy iTunes songs to a folder?

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  1. fishniw macrumors regular

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    Is there a way to copy my iTunes library to the computer someway? Little did I know that when I deleted a song from iTunes I was keeping it in my iTunes music folder. So, there is about 7 gb of a discrepancy between my iTunes library and the iTunes music folder. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    your music is located at

    ~/music/itunes/itunes music

    simply redrop the folders to have them back in itunes or delete them from that location to permanently get rid of them
     
  3. fishniw thread starter macrumors regular

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    I guess the the way I worded the question was confusing. The 7 gb that I deleted i'm not exactly sure all where it is. It is not always whole artists themselves, so going through the folder would be a very time intensive process. It would be nice if I could just export my iTunes library to a folder and then delete my current one entirely and then move the folder back into itunes
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    why not just delete all your songs from itunes (but not throw away) and then drag all the folders in the location i gave into itunes again
     
  5. fishniw thread starter macrumors regular

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    If I did than my iTunes library would be: my current iTunes library + 7gb worth of songs that I deleted still inside my iTunes library folder with the rest of the iTunes library. Basically all the songs in the actual iTunes app are the ones that I want. I just don't want 7 gb of songs I don't listen to on my computer because thats a lot of space relatively.

    I did think about this.

    1. Clear my trash
    2. Delete all songs in iTunes app into trash
    3. Delete iTunes music folder
    4. Restore trash

    I think that would work?
     
  6. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    after step two, move all those files in trash to a folder on the dektop

    then delete the itunes music folder

    and restore the songs from th folder on desktop

    i think that would work
     
  7. fishniw thread starter macrumors regular

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    alright thanks and it's good to see another ron paul supporter on the site :)
     
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    no problem and likewise!

    post back if it works out:)
     
  9. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    Here's what I would do:

    (1) Click on the first song in your itunes library
    (2) Hold shift
    (3) Click on the last song in your itunes library
    (4) Drag them to a new folder on your desktop
    (5) Delete all of the stuff in your old itunes folder
    (6) Drag the songs from the folder on your desktop into your itunes folder
     
  10. fishniw thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah that probably would have been faster than restoring all the files out of the trash. Oh well, I was already in the process and am still in the process of reloading my library as we speak. A guy on apple discussions recommended that I go file->library->consolidate but it was too late also. I'm not sure what consolidate does but that might be the easiest way because now I am going to have to go through and re do all of my playlists.

    Edit: Yeah, consolidate would have been my best solution. I could have deleted my iTunes music folder and then consolidated my library into the blank folder
     

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