Importing Music to iTunes Library without Duplicating

Discussion in 'iMac' started by khrizkeli, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. khrizkeli macrumors newbie


    Mar 19, 2016
    Dublin, Ireland
    I apologize if there has already been a thread created for this, I searched and couldn't find it.
    Basically, I'm trying to import 15,000 songs from my external 1TB HD into my iTunes Library on my iMac, problem is when I started importing I noticed that the songs the songs were also being stored onto my iMac's HD, anyone know how I can avoid this?

    I cancelled the import process after about 800 songs.

    Thanks, Chris
  2. r6mile macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2010
    London, UK
    Well, your iMac's default location for iTunes library is the internal hard drive, so when you import the songs, it just copies them onto the iMac. You can make the external 1TB HD the default location for the iTunes library in the settings, but that of course means you can only access the music with the hard drive plugged in.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Open iTunes Preferences and uncheck the box I marked then when you import the actual music files will stay on the external drive and will not be imported to the internal drive.


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