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Darli328

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Jul 4, 2020
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New to the forum, sorry if I didn’t post this in the best place.

I previously had an older MacBook Air running High Sierra (I actually still have this Mac and can get data off it if need be).
I now have a 2020 MacBook Air running Catalina.
I called Apple tech support to help with importing or copying my previous iTunes library. We’re talking about less than 30gigs so it’s not that huge.
What they had me do was copy my iTunes folder from my High Sierra MacBook Air to external storage.
Then open the Apple Music app on my Catalina MacBook Air while holding down the option key.
From there we imported the library.
To their credit this did work and I have all my music.
However, I now have two music folders (one is called music and another is called music 1) inside another music folder. Meaning “music“ ~ “music“, and also “music 1”
Basically the file structure is now really convoluted. My songs are stored in music, music, iTunes, iTunes, media, music.
Is there a way to fix this and also not have a “music 1“ folder?
Inside the music ~ music folder there’s a music library file and inside music ~ music 1 there’s another music library file.
So do I have two music libraries and an iTunes library?
If I purchased a new album from the iTunes Store where will it save?
I have a copy of my music on external storage and on my old Mac, so reimporting it is totally fine.
I’m not sure how to proceed, and I didn’t get much help from Apple when asking this. Thanks
 
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Darli328

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Jul 4, 2020
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Bump...
What about organizing library or consolidating library in the music app?
 
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Rumblefi$h

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Jul 7, 2020
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I think you can move everything into the first music folder and then delete the remaining empty 'double' folders. In the 'Music' folder there needs to be your library file (Music Library.musiclibrary) and the 'Media' folder in which all the artist folders reside. You can try this but first make a backup of your whole drive before doing so so you can always go back to the current situation.
 
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Darli328

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Jul 4, 2020
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To close this out I managed to get a hold of someone at Apple tech support that was super helpful. We re-imported my library and now it's all stored/consolidated like it should be.
 
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Darli328

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Jul 4, 2020
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Basically we deleted all my libraries.
Then opened the Apple Music Apple while holding down option and created a new library from the backup one I have on an external storage drive.
This ended up creating a music library in the main music folder like it would default to when importing new music.

What had happened previously is I imported an iTunes library and it kept kept all the iTunes library file structure. Thus creating two libraries file structure wise. One as an iTunes library and one as an Apple Music library.
 
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