iTunes copies music collection....

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

  1. etchells macrumors newbie

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    #1
    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?

    Thanks

    Jonathan
     
  2. bli625 macrumors 6502a

    bli625

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    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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