iTunes Library Organization??

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by layziegtp, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. layziegtp macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2009
    Ahhhh, I'm losing my mind!

    I'm getting a new iMac in a few weeks. It'll be my first ever Mac system. I'm learning everything I can about it now before it gets here so I'll have a head start. As such, I'm switching to iTunes as my main media player.

    Problem is, I have a ton of music, videos, pictures, etc already. I want to let iTunes do it's thing to my music, keep it organized and everything. This is coming from being very very anal about my files and path locations.

    I want to know how to organize my music so iTunes will see it, keep it updated if I add new files, you know, like Windows Media Player watched folders. So I did a bit of googling, and manually organized my files like so:

    .iTunes Media
    ..Automatically Add to iTunes
    ..TV Shows

    And so on. Then I set iTunes Media Folder Location to that folder: "C:\Users\LayzieGTP\iTunes Media". I checked 'Keep iTunes Media Folder Organized', clicked okay... and nothing happened. I'm not sure what I expected to happen, I guess I thought it would import my songs and videos and stuff into iTunes, but it didn't do anything! My library shows it's empty. Hrrmmmm... So, I'm sure somebody here knows what I'm doing wrong, and I'm sure it's simple, but be gentle... I'm new to Apple.

    On that note, I know I can go to File>Add Folder to library, but that folder isn't 'Watched'. If I delete files manually, rename files, move them, or add new ones, they aren't updated in iTunes! It seems sloppy at best. Plus, if I then download new music, or add new stuff within iTunes, they go to the Media Library location >.<

    Heeeelp! I give iTunes complete permission to control my media, and it doesn't want to!
  2. Galley macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2008
    You have to use the "Consolidate Library" option to allow iTunes to reorganize your library, if those files are already in your library.
  3. i.shaun macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2008
    not sure if you tried letting iTunes control it all, I know I used to keep music organized in a folder myself on Windows, but since moving to mac I set itunes to copy everything to library, and keep it organized.

    When I drag anything into iTunes, it copies it and places it in the library for me using this structure:

    iTunes/iTunes Music/Artist/Album/Track # - Song.mp3

    I never touch the files themselves, but if I ever need to find them, it's not difficult to locate. Just a suggestion, I know if you really don't want to let go of the structure you're used to, you probably won't do it. Maybe back up the music and try it out to see how you like it, if not then continue the manual control.
  4. Freis968 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2007
    Ocoee, Florida
    Where do you find this feature? I don't see it.

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