PLEASE HELP! Duplicate files?

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  1. Coolmonster245 macrumors newbie

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    Ok, so here's the deal. I get music from Itunes, and when I do that music goes to the Itunes library. Now when I change the cover flow of that album, there seems to be 2 files instead of one. This also happens when I download music. Can somebody please help? There are too many duplicates on my Mac I want to get rid of TONIGHT!
     
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  3. Coolmonster245 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No they are in the Finder. One file in Itunes Library and two files for each song in Finder
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's because you have these checked in iTunes > Preferences:
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  5. Coolmonster245 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So, what happens if I uncheck them? And are they duplicate files? Sorry, I'm new to this...
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    With those checked, when you add a file to iTunes, it makes a copy of the file, so now you have two: one in the original location, and a 2nd one that iTunes stores in the iTunes Media folder. If you uncheck them, you can simply keep your music in the iTunes Media folder, in any organization you choose.

    Alternatively, you can leave them checked and just delete the original files, after iTunes makes a copy when you add to the library.
     
  7. Coolmonster245 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok so let me get this clear before I go-they are NOT duplicate files? And how do I delete the original files? Lastly, should I leave them checked or un-checked? In your opinion...
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, they are duplicate files. You select them in Finder and delete them, like any other file. Just verify which folder is your iTunes Media folder location in iTunes > Preferences > Advanced and don't delete files in that folder.
     
  9. Coolmonster245 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh, that was what I was doing the whole time- because it kept saying the original file could not be found. And how do I find them in the finder?
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can search with Finder and just select file kind: Music
     
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