Consolidating library itunes 10

Can someone explain how the i Tunes library system works (I'm not afraid of details). When you consolidate, any songs in the i Tunes Library that are not in the i Tunes Music Folder are copied to the Music Folder and the Library is updated to point to those new files. Can you tell me the technical details behind how the i Tunes Library files works?

Files already in the i Tunes Music Folder have no changes made to them: Consolidating your library - Mac Consolidating your library - Windows Consolidating only affects anything you already have in the i Tunes library, it doesn't for instance scan for music files in other folders and add them into i Tunes. I have pretty broad knowledge about database design. I have multiple gigabytes of songs scattered throughout my hard drive.

Consolidating as I've said will copy files that are in the library to the i Tunes Music folder and point the database to the new location. Does i Tunes 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?

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.

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i Tunes can even consolidate all of these files into one folder quickly and completely, making them easy to be found and to be transferred between machines and devices.

It works by making copies of media files on your hard drive and placing the copies into the "i Tunes Media" folder, which is located in your Music folder by default.

* That tab simply tells i Tunes the location of the i Tunes Music folder.

If you don't have "Copy files to i Tunes 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 i Tunes Library file. Could I do the consolidation 'manually', so I have more control over what takes place? Since I have some of my music on the main drive, and now everything goes to an external which is which I changed it to awhile back.

(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.

Do not delete the original i Tunes folder or any files or folders it contains, other than the i Tunes Media or i Tunes Music folder.

If you delete anything else in the i Tunes folder, your playlists, album art, ratings, etc., could become history, requiring you to recreate them or download them (album art).

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