Why is my music folder 50GB, when iTunes says 15GB

yoak

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I recently imported my music collection from my iPod to my new iMac. It´s around 16GB worth of music. (iTunes says so)

But when I click get info on my music folder it says it´s size is 50GB!!
Where did all this music come from?
More importantly, how do I get rid of it?

I checked for duplicates and only had 20 or so.
(But when I look into sub foldrs in my music folder, I see 2 of a lot of songs
 

GimmeSlack12

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Just because a song is in your Music folder does not mean it is in your iTunes library. That is where you're problem exists. You have somehow doubled your music by over importing your music.

There is a utility that can help you sift through all the duplicates but I really can't remember the name. I'll let you know if I remember it, or if someone else can suggest it.
 

yoak

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Thanks guys.
I did consolidate my library, but it seems as I have double or tripple imported my library.
Maybe just erase and do it again?
 

yoak

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Mitthrawnuruodo said:
You could try to consolidate your Music Library to a new location...

...or use the Consolidate script on Doug's scripts... Edit: Hmmm... didn't find the script, but there is a script out there that goes through your Library and Music folder and cleans up... I just cannot find it at the moment... :eek:
I found the script, it´s called Corral All Dupes. Here´s the link for others with the same problem:
http://www.dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/scripts01.php?page=2
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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No, I think that's a script that does the same as the View -> Show Duplicates does, maybe with a few more options. The script I was looking for actually compares the iTunes Library file and folder gets rid of all those files that aren't in your library...
 

yoak

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You were right. After 2 hours of scanning, it only did what show duplicates do in a few minutes. Dissapointing
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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Kjedelig...

But I think that if you follow all the steps in the support article I linked to above, that it should fix your problem. Because once you've picked another location and perform the consolidation, only the files in your library should be copied to the new location, and you can delete your old iTunes Music folder (be sure to just delete the iTunes Music folder and not the iTunes folder in your Music folder... ;)).