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Nov 13, 2012 4:27 PM

Did some research and can't figure this out. I have 2 libaries sitting on my RAID drive connected to my Airport Extreme. I tried moving them over a year ago from my Macbook Air to the drive and screwed something up, but it still works. Now I have 2 folders, iTunes 2 and iTunes 3.


- iTunes 2 is 26.52GB and 3471 items in the folder. iTunes 3 is 27.75GB and has 2604 items in it.

- iTunes 2 has an "iTunes Library.xml" file and other "iTunes Library" files, but iTunes 3 has xml or any Library file.

- Songs from iTunes 3 appear to be in iTunes 2 after a quick comparision.

- It appears most of my songs in the iTunes program are located in iTunes 3. (I did a quick sample with Command I on several songs)

I'm assuming the xml file is seeing both folders but is calling out only 1.

- Running iTunes 10.7


How can I get everything into 1 iTunes folder? I want to reduce the amount of disk space both current folders are using. I'm thinking I can go from 53GB to around 27GB.



Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,555 points)

    iTunes 10 for Mac: Consolidate your iTunes library -

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,555 points)

    The "iTunes Library" name hasn't been used by iTunes for several years which makes me think these are old files from several years ago.


    The actual in-use library file is (now) called library.itl (formerly just iTunes Library with no extension).  The .xml is a copy iTunes makes of the library.itl file in a format readable by other applications.


    Without seeing your files and folders it is hard to unravel all this.  You could have relic files from a bygone iTunes version.  Some people still have traces of pre-iTunes 9 in their iTunes folders.  Depending upon how you have your iTunes configured you could be using files from just about anywhere on your system.  Most people have "organize" and "copy files to media folder" set in preferences which ensures everything iTunes uses is in limited locations but others (such as myself) have reasons for wanting to manage their own media.  For the latter you can have items scattered about.


    Look at the modification dates on files and folders to get a sense of what iTunes is actually using. Theoretically if you just consolidated (and set iTunes to manage your media and copy to your media folder) then anything iTunes is currently using should be either all be in your main iTunes folder or at most be in the iTunes folder in one location (everything minus media) and in a media folder in another (depending upon how you have this set in preferences).


    Empower yourself to understand how your folders should look by reading these links.  You're in the best position to figure out what is going on with your computer.


    What are the iTunes library files? -


    More on iTunes library files and what they do -


    What are all those iTunes files? -

    iTunes 9 [and later]: Understanding iTunes Media Organization -


    Image of folder structure and explanation of different iTunes versions (turingtest2 post) - and

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,555 points)

    I don't use a new iTunes but I have not seen any report of capabilities to display file location easily.  The information is in the .xml version of the library file but I don't think that is "easy".


    There is this Dougscript:



    I guess you could use it as indicated as long as you weren't already using the destination field.

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,555 points)

    It would help to have some basics here, kind oflike a doctor taking your height, weight, and temperature.


    What is your media folder location as designated in preferences?


    Use file modification dates to determine where your active iTunes library file is located.


    Consolidating should have centralized all your media to a single main media folder, wherever you happen to have that designated.  It might be iTunes 3, or it could be pretty much anywhere you wish.


    The other thing, as you indicate, is to back up and try.  If you delete iTunes 2 and suddenly get tons of broken links then you know you have to put it back.


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