Resolved iTunes Organisation Question

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  1. standingquiet, Sep 6, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2011

    standingquiet macrumors 6502

    standingquiet

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    Hey Guys

    Just wondered what the difference was between the 2 Organisation methods on iTunes.

    I have iTunes set to automatically keep media folder organised and copy items to media folder but what is the Library Organisation?

    What are the differences as to me they read the same?

    Cheers

    Matt
     

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  3. bt22 macrumors 6502

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    With the "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" unchecked if you attempt to add music to your computer using a jump drive or external hard drive it will show the song in iTunes, but when you disconnect that drive the song will no long be availbale in iTunes. A lot of people use external drives and want the music to stay on that drive, but want to be able to see the music in iTunes.

    Hope this helps...
     
  4. standingquiet thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah im interested to know what the 2 boxes in the 2nd picture do that the 2 i have selected in the 1st picture don't?
     
  5. Type4O macrumors regular

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    Simply, the ones on the first picture are for "as you add" to iTunes. Add new song and it will copy it to the iTunes folder and put it in the correct sub folder.

    The 2nd dialog options are for files already in iTunes. If you have some files in the correct folder structure and some outside (e.g. sitting on your desktop) the Consolidate option will take copies of the ones on your desktop and put them in the correct iTunes media folder and redirect iTunes to the reorganized files.

    The other (dimmed) option on the 2nd dialog takes all the files in your iTunes media folder and sorts them into sub-folders Music, TV Shows etc. and then into Artist/Album folders.

    So the 1st dialog is for "as you add" and the second if for stuff already in iTunes.

    Incidently, if you change the location of your iTunes library, you can then use the 2nd dialog options to have iTunes move all the files over and organize them nicely and redirect the entries in iTunes to the new location.

    Hope that helps.
     
  6. standingquiet thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Many thanks for that, it helped a lot :)

    Matt
     

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