Question about how iTunes links song files

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Yayap7, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. Yayap7 macrumors newbie


    Jul 15, 2014
    Hello there,

    I am very curious about a particular thing with iTunes. I know iTunes has its own library folder where it keeps downloaded music and data and such. And I know that when I play a song from a separate folder(from the Desktop or something), iTunes it will play it. What I am not sure about is if iTunes makes a copy of that song and puts it in its own Library folder and always links to that or if since I play the song from a separate folder, it will always link to that folder.

    Can anyone shed some light on this? I don't want to play/copy a song or album from one folder and have it play and show up in iTunes and then delete that song/folder or move it and have iTunes not be linked to that anymore and then that song be broken in iTunes GUI.

    -does that make sense?

    I just re-installed my OS(Yosemite) and so I'm starting fresh again and want to minimize the file and folder redundancies this time around.

    So I want to make sure that it would be OK if I delete or move songs/folders that aren't originally in the iTunes music library folder that iTunes would have it's own version or something.

  2. mfram macrumors 65816

    Jan 23, 2010
    San Diego, CA USA
    ITunes has a setting for the behavior in Preferences. The default is to copy media to your iTunes folder and play it from there.

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