Importing songs into iTunes ???

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Gmac07, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. Gmac07 macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2005
    ok so i just bought a mac mini solo and i have a external hard drive full of music, about 50GB. so my question being new to OSX, will iTunes automatically recognize the mp3 files and put them into the iTumes library?
  2. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    The first time you run iTunes I believe it gives you an option to search for music files to add to the library. If not choose File->import and then choose the location of your music and it will be added to iTunes.

    I am not at my Mac at the moment so my instructions might not be exactly correct but there is an import function for adding your music.
  3. dbhays macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2005
    Salinas, CA
    Or if you already have them in an itunes folder on the external you could

    preferences>advanced>change itunes library location

    It might even be smart to make your itunes folder on your external, then add to that folder to save space on hour internal HD.
  4. sturigdson macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2006
    A third way to do this, and my personal favorite, is the Add to Library function.

    First, change your iTunes preferences so that iTunes does not automatically duplicate every song file you have and put it on your Mini's hard drive. Go to the iTunes menu > Preferences... click the "Advanced" Tab. In the advanced menu, uncheck the "Copy files to iTunes folder when adding to library" selection.

    Then, connect your external hard drive, go File > Add To Library, then select the folder on the external drive that contains all your music.

    The reason I prefer this method is that I can add files from any location, and it'll have them in the library, and won't move or copy files.
  5. Gmac07 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2005
    thanks guys, when my mini is delivered I will let you know how i do. i appreciate the directions because i need to learn this stuff.
  6. ipodcentral112 macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2006
    Mac mini!

    Enjoy your mac mini its a reat machine!
  7. ipodcentral112 macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2006
    Sorry ** Great
  8. Gmac07 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2005
    ok im trying to get my library together. i totally screwed it up and there are doubles of every thing. how do you clear the whole playlist and start over??:mad:
  9. Gmac07 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2005
    nevermind i figured it out. im running all my songs off the 300gb external. so i can save the little space i have on the minis small hard drive. how do you set it up where all cds i rip go automatically to the external?

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