iTunes copies music collection....

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by etchells, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. etchells macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Hi there.

    I'm going to try and sum this problem up as short as i can. I have a fairly large music collection (around 40GB) and is working wonders for me. But i noticed the other day that my music folder is taking up 80GB of space on my hard drive. This is obviously my music folder and the iTunes music folder...

    I have a couple of questions.....

    1. Why on earth does iTunes keep a copy of all your music
    2. How can i get rid of this duplicate folder without losing all of my iTunes information

    I know that within iTunes preferences there is a box to un-tick that doesn't copy files to the iTunes media folder when adding to the library, but because i have over 7000 songs already duplicated, un-ticking this wont do anything.

    My initial thought on how to resolve this was to back up my music collection and remove the both music folders and re-import my folder back into iTunes whilst un-ticking the box for copying to the iTunes media file.

    I was wondering if anyone has any better suggestions?


  2. bli625 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2009
    Your proposed solution will work. Just leave some time aside for the operation to complete. I personally just let iTunes import and sort everything into its own folder before deleting the original files. It's much easier for me since I just use the iTunes GUI to play music anyways.

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