iTunes library to Music app default media location “Music/Music/media”

Icaras

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So I wanted the new Music app to auto manage my iTunes music library by transferring it to its new default media folder location. In the case of Music, clicking “Reset” changes the location of your music library to the default location “Music/Music/Media”. I made sure both “Keep Music folder organized” and “Copy files....” were both check marked when doing this and clicked through the pop up window, but my files are not transferring to the new location. I can confirm that my music is still where I left them in the old iTunes folder.

Anyone know to get Music to relocate your music library automatically?
 

Icaras

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Is there a "consolidate library" option anywhere?
Ah yes! There is, and it's accessed through the File>Library>Organize Library...

So I click that, and a popup with a checkmark box option to "Consolidate Library" is there, but when I checkmark it and click OK, the box disappears and nothing happens. Really odd. No disc activity. I'm looking at my folders and nothing is still being transferred. I've tried restarting the app and applying "Consolidate Library" again and still nothing.

Looks like I'll be reporting this bug.
 

rwilliams

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So I wanted the new Music app to auto manage my iTunes music library by transferring it to its new default media folder location. In the case of Music, clicking “Reset” changes the location of your music library to the default location “Music/Music/Media”. I made sure both “Keep Music folder organized” and “Copy files....” were both check marked when doing this and clicked through the pop up window, but my files are not transferring to the new location. I can confirm that my music is still where I left them in the old iTunes folder.

Anyone know to get Music to relocate your music library automatically?
The Music app never picked up on where I had them and imported my songs on its own. I had to import all of my music into the new Music app again. It processed the files and then copied them to the new location. Don't be surprised if you see another folder created when it does this. I ended up with /Music/Music/Media/Music after it was finished copying everything. But it's working now so I'm just gonna leave it where it is.

Edit: I should mention that I did that several times and it didn't work. I ended up finding a tweet where a guy said to delete everything from your /username/Music folder AND deleting all folders with a reference to "iTunes" or "Music" from your ~/Library folder. Be sure to look in the ~/Library/Caches folder as well. Delete that stuff, reboot, put your music back into the /username/Music/Music/Media folder (or wherever you like), and try importing your library again. Since I did this, Music has worked as expected.
 

Icaras

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The Music app never picked up on where I had them and imported my songs on its own. I had to import all of my music into the new Music app again. It processed the files and then copied them to the new location. Don't be surprised if you see another folder created when it does this. I ended up with /Music/Music/Media/Music after it was finished copying everything. But it's working now so I'm just gonna leave it where it is.

Edit: I should mention that I did that several times and it didn't work. I ended up finding a tweet where a guy said to delete everything from your /username/Music folder AND deleting all folders with a reference to "iTunes" or "Music" from your ~/Library folder. Be sure to look in the ~/Library/Caches folder as well. Delete that stuff, reboot, put your music back into the /username/Music/Music/Media folder (or wherever you like), and try importing your library again. Since I did this, Music has worked as expected.
Thanks a lot for the tip! And I wasn't able to get around to this until late last night so hence the late reply.

But all of my music are in iCloud library, so I basically took your advice, but instead of importing tracks locally, all I really had to do was wipe out my downloads, then redownload the tracks again. Music then files it in the correct spot.

I do have some local stuff in my iTunes library that isn't music that I had to manually import though, and that are music videos (not purchased from iTunes or added from Apple Music), iTunes LPs, and PDF booklets. I am deleting the music videos and re-importing those now without any problems. iTunes LP imports are also fine and load just as they used to in iTunes

But I'm having issues with PDF booklets. They just get reinserted into your library under "Unknown Album" and doesn't file properly back in to the original album they belong in. They also don't load at all if you double click them so I guess PDF booklets no longer have a place in your music library? Other than this though, I'm able to get everything else back in so I'm pretty happy about that. I did submit a bug to Apple though about Music not automatically organizing and consolidating your library as it's supposed to, so hopefully this gets resolved super quickly in the next few weeks.