Question about adding files to iTunes...Does it copy the media? or just the location?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by maf2k8, May 22, 2010.

  1. maf2k8 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2009
    I am still pretty new to Mac and OSX and i had a question about itunes.

    Ok, So if i add say 1 album and 1 Movie. Lets say the the album is in My Music folder and the Movie is in My Movies folder.

    Now if i go to add to library in iTunes and add them then i am done. If i go and delete the 2 files from the folders i notice that the album and movie is still in itunes and still playable? How is that if i deleted them from the folders on my Mac?

    Does iTunes actually COPY the movie and music i add to its own folder? so that way if i do delete it from my mac, its still in a iTunes folder somewhere?

    Like with windows, WMP copies the location of that media, So if i add a album and later delete it from my PC and go and try to play it in WMP, it will say NOT FOUND or just no longer show it.

    Reason i ask this is because i do not want to have double of everything on my HD and take up more space then i should...
  2. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2003
    This option in iTunes preferences controls it. If it's checked, then media is copied to the iTunes folder. If it's unchecked, the media's location is copied. Personally, I like to have everything copied to the iTunes folder, and I just remember to delete the original.

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