iTunes keeps on creating local copies of music files

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mrochester, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. mrochester macrumors 68000

    Feb 8, 2009
    Hi all

    I have my music library located in my OneDrive and I have pointed iTunes on my Mac to this folder. However, iTunes keeps on creating a local copy of all of my music in the iTunes Media folder. This essentially means my music library takes up 40GB of space rather than 20GB.

    Does anyone know how to stop iTunes from creating duplicates? I keep deleting the folder but it eventually comes back again.

    Many thanks

  2. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    If you go to itunes->preferences...->advanced tab, there is a check box for "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library". You might try unchecking that option.
  3. simon lefisch, Mar 16, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2016

    simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

    simon lefisch

    Sep 29, 2014
    That shouldn't matter. I have my iTunes media on an external drive (but the library file is located locally) and that option is enabled, yet any music I import to iTunes get copied to my external drive.
  4. leo.andres.21 macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    Centre of the Attention
    Actually, the library file and the location of the media files can be separate. So it does matter
  5. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

    simon lefisch

    Sep 29, 2014
    I understand that, however even if it is enabled, media should still be imported/copied to his OneDrive since iTunes is pointed to that drive...not stored locally.

    Even if the OP manually moved the media to the drive and he added those files to iTunes with that function enabled, it should still copy the files to that drive since the media folder is pointed there.

    The only time that should be disabled is if you want to import media into iTunes while the media is left in it's original place (i.e. Media is the Downloads folder, that is the file location when imported into iTunes).

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