iTunes library question

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  1. gillespie macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys! I have a quick question regarding how the iTunes library works.

    I have a folder on the Desktop and when I add them to iTunes, I notice that the application copies my mp3 files to a dir in my home folder.

    This means that for each mp3 in that desktop dir, I also have a duplicate in my home dir, inside the itunes dir.

    Is this correct?

    How can configure iTunes so that I only have one copy of the mp3s?

    Thanks!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    iTunes > Preferences > Advanced > uncheck "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library"
     
  3. celticpride678

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    iTunes Preference>Advanced tab> uncheck the box that says "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library"
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    iTunes > Preferences > Advanced

    [​IMG]

    And yes, if that option is checked, every music file you import gets duplicated.
     
  5. gillespie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys!

    Is there any difference if iTunes adds the files to its own library or not? Does it affect the database, performance, or any other thing?

    Cool screenshot. What did you use to make it? (New to Mac :p)
     
  6. celticpride678

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    I don't believe so.
     
  7. spinnerlys Guest

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    Apple made that screenshot.

    Taking screenshots in Mac OS X.

    And to edit/annotate them, use Preview, which comes on every standard Mac OS X installation.

    The following image is only an example, of what you can do with the tools available.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. gillespie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys!

    I knew Apple has some good screenshot options, but I didn't know Preview could make annotations like that.

    Good stuff!
     
  9. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    I have been using since 2008 and I had no idea about this also. This is freaking great!
     

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