Newbie iTunes Mac question

miracleboy

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Jul 6, 2005
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I'm sorry if this is a stupid question, but I have searched the forums and haven't found the answer - maybe I just can't see it!

I have recently switched from PC to Mac and copied my mp3s over from the PC to the 'Music' folder in finder.

Then I added the music into iTunes using the 'add folder' option and it copied all the mp3s into the Music iTunes folder.

Does this mean I now have two copies of the music? Should I import it into iTunes directly from the PC rather than copying it from PC to Mac first?
 

kronos2611

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Jun 14, 2004
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At the moment - yes you will have two copies. Going forward if you go into the preferences panel (iTunes Menu then Preferences) then select advanced you can de-select the Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to Library and further mp3 'imports' will stay where they are.
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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Mar 10, 2004
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miracleboy said:
Does this mean I now have two copies of the music?
That is very likely, see if "Keep iTunes Music folderorganized" is checked in iTunes Preferences->Advanced. (And of course if you have two iTunes Music folders, your old one which you moved directly in ~/Music and the one you've just imported in ~/Music/iTunes/, maybe...?)
miracleboy said:
Should I import it into iTunes directly from the PC rather than copying it from PC to Mac first?
Yes... I thought I had a nice Apple support article for you but I cannot find it right now. Try searching a bit on Apple's iTunes support pages... :eek:
 

rainman::|:|

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Feb 2, 2002
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Here's your options.

- Delete the copy you made, and run from the copy iTunes made. This will let iTunes manage your files, which is pretty handy. Since iTunes already copied the files itself, you don't need the copy you made.

- Turn off iTunes' library management, in preferences. Delete all the songs in iTunes, then add them again, from the copy you made. Then when you want to add a song, you'll need to store the file somewhere permanant. The copy you made is the source of the actual files iTunes is using.

Personally, I like having iTunes manage my library. When I add an MP3 file, I can just throw it away, since I know iTunes already made it's own copy...
 

miracleboy

macrumors newbie
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Jul 6, 2005
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Thanks for the quick replies guys, I think I will go with the second option and let iTunes manage my files. As everything is in the library now, I will delete the originals.