Prevent iTunes from copying mp3s into library

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by stringzz, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. stringzz macrumors member


    Jan 4, 2008
    I have many mp3's outside of my iTunes library, and I want to listen to these mp3's without iTunes copying them into the library, is this possible? I then would like to them copy the ones I like into the library.

    Also, if I add to library, the file is copied into the iTunes folder, is there a way that it can just be linked into the library using the file in it's original location?
  2. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    Preferences -> Advanced -> Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to Library

  3. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
  4. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    In iTunes preferences, try unchecking the box that says 'copy to iTunes Music Folder when importing".

    Edit: too slow :eek:
  5. macpropilot macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2008
    If you want to just listen to decide if they are worth keeping in the iTunes Library, you could use "Quicklook" first - just select the songs you want to listen to in Finder and hit the Space bar in Leopard.

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