Consolidating library in itunes
If you do put your purchased music through, there is a way to get to fix it (see #Troubleshooting)Mp3s: If you are using mp3 files, be careful with using Picard to save ID3v2.4 tags.
Some versions of i Tunes (older ones in particular - may affect current ones) can save incorrect ID3v2.4 tags and aren't able to read the correct ones correctly. Use i Tunes built in library organization to change the file names and locations.
Or download albums and tracks to listen to offline.
All the music in your personal i Tunes library — no matter where it came from — lives right alongside the Apple Music catalog.
So, yes you'll have extra files still in the original folders which once you are happy the consolidation has worked you'll be in a position to delete. (i.e Tracks are moved to the i Tunes folders, but I have no idea where the originals came from.) 3.
If I can do this manually, would I simply drag the existing folders in the i Tunes folder, and relaunch i Tunes? Does i Tunes build its library based on the Location preference found under the Advance tab?
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This will be much slower than the first method (especially if you're letting i Tunes manage your library), but it will work in i Tunes 10.
This method is a bit more complicated to set up, but easy to use.
Fire up Script Editor (which is under Applications/Apple Script, but it will work with Text Edit).
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To put it simply, my tracks are scattered in many non-i Tunes folders throughout my hard drive, even in another partition on my hard drive. What is the most efficient way to consolidate these track into i Tunes.
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(i.e Tracks are moved to the i Tunes folders, but I have no idea where the originals came from.)* No, i Tunes doesn't support folder watching, if you move the files manually through Finder on a Mac or Windows Explorer on a PC then i Tunes will lose the location of the songs and display an exclamation mark against them in your library. If I can do this manually, would I simply drag the existing folders in the i Tunes folder, and relaunch i Tunes? I now have an internal secondary drive (or slave drive) where I want to have it all.