Consolidating music on itunes

What Does Consolidate Library Mean in iTunes?

Consolidating your library - Mac Consolidating your library - Windows Consolidating only affects anything you already have in the iTunes library, it doesn't for instance scan for music files in other folders and add them into iTunes. Thanks for your response. Can you tell me the technical details behind how the iTunes Library files works?

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I have pretty broad knowledge about database design. I have multiple gigabytes of songs scattered throughout my hard drive. If I choose to consolidate them, as you suggested, will I then have them all in two places? These articles have some useful information on how iTunes works and the files involved: Consolidating as I've said will copy files that are in the library to the iTunes Music folder and point the database to the new location.

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. Thanks for staying with me. Does iTunes build its library based on the Location preference found under the Advance tab? Could I do the consolidation 'manually', so I have more control over what takes place?

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If I can do this manually, would I simply drag the existing folders in the iTunes folder, and relaunch iTunes?

If you don't have "Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library" checked then the song files you add from folders on your computer will have their location referenced in the iTunes Library file. Thanks, this is very helpful to understand. If I'm hearing you correctly, outside of the "Consolidate" command, all management of music in iTunes is handled internally within iTunes as in importing music.

Yes, you need to manage all changes to the songs from within iTunes.

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Thanks for the useful information, and links. I now know what my options are. You're welcome, I'm glad that was of some help. By the way, you'll find many iTunes information pages if you use this link: Music from other computers can be imported via a network connection to those computers or simply copied onto an external hard drive and imported from there.

Once this has been done, you will be left with a single, master iTunes library containing all of your content which will be stored on the networked hard drive. You can also find instructions in the Transferring your iTunes Library article on how to move your library database over to the networked hard drive in the event that you want to be able to access it from more than one computer.

Note that it is also possible to accomplish this using iTunes Home Sharing, provided that all of the content that you want to consolidate is already stored in iTunes on the other computers. As it relies on a network connection, iTunes Home Sharing will also be slower than copying your tracks over via a directly attached external hard drive.

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If your other iTunes libraries contain playlists that you want to migrate to the new main library, you can do this by opening these other libraries, selecting the individual playlists you want to export and then choosing File, Library, Export Playlist and saving them to an XML file.

You can then copy the resulting XML files to the computer with your main library and use the File, Library, Import Playlist option to import them. One important thing to keep in mind is that you will need to ensure that your networked hard drive is mounted and accessible before starting iTunes on your computer.

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We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length. View the complete Ask iLounge archives... I am completely overwhelmed by my music collection as it is stored in way too many places. I primarily had my music stored on my MacBook, but once that got too small I bought a 400 GB networked hard drive and started storing my music there. I would like to have everything in a central location be it the networked hard drive or the Mac Mini, although my preference is the networked hard drive.

Ideally, your primary goal should be to consolidate all of your music into a single iTunes library, with the music stored in a single location. You will find that your iTunes library and music collection is much easier to manage and maintain in this scenario, both within iTunes itself and also for the purpose of synchronizing to your various media devices. The key problem here is that iTunes does not provide any direct way to merge two different iTunes libraries.

This means that you will essentially need to manually import all of your music and other media files into a single library database. The good news is that all of your primary track information should actually be stored in your media files themselves, and iTunes will pick this up when you reimport those files into a new library.

The only information that will not come across when importing tracks into a new library is iTunes-specific data such as ratings, last played dates, play counts and your individual playlists.

However there are Applescripts that can be used to manually adjust information such play counts and last played dates and it is possible to export your playlists from one library and import them into another. Another option is you plan on accessing your iTunes library database from multiple computers is to simply put the iTunes library database on the networked hard drive and then point all of your computers to use that database.

Note, however, that you will still need to be very careful about only running one copy of iTunes at a time as it is not designed to be accessed by multiple computers and data corruption can occur if you try to do this. Once your main library has been consolidated onto the networked hard drive, check your iTunes Preferences to ensure that the iTunes Media folder is still set to that network location and that the Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library option is enabled.

You can then begin importing your additional tracks from your other sources into your main library. The tracks will be copied from their original locations to the iTunes Media folder path, which should reside on the networked hard drive. Music from other computers can be imported via a network connection to those computers or simply copied onto an external hard drive and imported from there. Once this has been done, you will be left with a single, master iTunes library containing all of your content which will be stored on the networked hard drive.

You can also find instructions in the Transferring your iTunes Library article on how to move your library database over to the networked hard drive in the event that you want to be able to access it from more than one computer. Note that it is also possible to accomplish this using iTunes Home Sharing, provided that all of the content that you want to consolidate is already stored in iTunes on the other computers. As it relies on a network connection, iTunes Home Sharing will also be slower than copying your tracks over via a directly attached external hard drive.

If your other iTunes libraries contain playlists that you want to migrate to the new main library, you can do this by opening these other libraries, selecting the individual playlists you want to export and then choosing File, Library, Export Playlist and saving them to an XML file. You can then copy the resulting XML files to the computer with your main library and use the File, Library, Import Playlist option to import them. One important thing to keep in mind is that you will need to ensure that your networked hard drive is mounted and accessible before starting iTunes on your computer.

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  1. And as an addd bonus, iTunes Match can make your music sound better; it plays music from iCloud at a bit rate of 256Kbps, even if your version of the track was of lower quality.

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