iTunes in Snow Leopard: Where is my music?

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  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

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    Can anyone tell me where iTunes is storing all my
    MP3 music and playlists information?

    Usually, I find it under users/music/itunes/itunes media

    Well, just went there and nothing is listed
    inside the iTunes folder.

    Is there some sort of protection in place preventing
    me from accessing all my stored MP3s and playlists?
     
  2. Peace macrumors Core

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    Look here :

    In iTunes preferences. This shows you where your music is located.
     

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  3. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Peace,

    Thank you. I figured that out.

    Here's the problem....

    Suddenly (I am guessing with a recent
    software update) all my individual mp3
    files and playlists are no longer there.

    There are only three files in the iTunes
    Library (all LIB files)

    Is this the way iTunes is now storing
    all my music?

    I wanted to back it all up to a hard drive.
     
  4. Peace macrumors Core

    Peace

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    Do a search for *.mp3 and see where they are.
     
  5. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Peace,

    Great idea.

    Unfortunately, only a few songs came up
    in my library scattered through the drive.

    I am looking for 5,000 mp3 files.

    I'm telling you, there had to be some
    recent update to Snow Leopard that made
    access to your MP3 collection under iTunes
    impossible.

    May have something to do with music copying.

    If you have the latest version of SL installed,
    do a search for your music and tell me if all
    of it comes up in your iTunes folder?

    Thanks!
     
  6. Cinematographer macrumors 6502a

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    You scared me … a little bit.

    But I don't think that that makes sense. My music is still where it was before the last SL update.
     
  7. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Something real whacky is going on and
    it is probably just me who is having the
    problem.

    Spent 3 hours ripping The Beatles MONO
    and STEREO sets to iTunes.

    Sat here and watched them transfer.

    Now, when I transfer them to my iPod
    they can't be found. The songs are still
    listed in iTunes but the files are gone.

    Something in my system is doing harm
    to my iTunes program. Really strange.
     
  8. Mugwumper macrumors regular

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    They should be there ;^)

    With SL, I finally gave up on managing my own music files, and let iTunes
    do whatever it wants . . . I selected "Keep iTunes Media folder organized".
    And I do believe this was set when I did an iTunes 9.x update - I never had
    it set before.

    In the Preferences, I set the iTunes Media folder to be in my folder
    "iTunes Music/iTunes Song Files". Then, iTunes put its files in a folder
    called "Music", or "/iTunes Music/iTunes Song Files/Music". Note that this
    folder is NOT the "Users/HomeDir/Music" folder.

    I agree with what has been said - the files are there someplace. You just
    have to find them.

    Of course, you could always copy them from your iPod back to your hard
    drive . . . ;^)
     

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