5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 30, 2012 9:30 AM by Corelogik
Manny888 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

Whenever I load iTunes it starts with "checking iTunes library".  This is taking an inordinate amount of time.  Is this normal?  I have about 130 GB of music.

  • 1. Re: checking itunes library slow
    Corelogik Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)

    If you've been upgrading iTunes for awhile over the course of several version and have not converted your library folders layout to the new format, it may do this, constantly, until you change over.

  • 2. Re: checking itunes library slow
    Manny888 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    How do you convert your library folders to the new format?

    What is the new format?

    Where are the instructions to do so?

    Thanks in advance.

  • 3. Re: checking itunes library slow
    Corelogik Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)

    Don't know abotu instructions but the old folder sturcture used to be;

     

    iTunes>iTunes Music>Music>Etc

     

    new format is;

     

    iTunes>iTunes Media>Music>Etc

     

    In the iTunes Media folder is now separate folders for podcasts, TV Shows, Movies, Downloads, Automatically added etc, etc

     

    How you get the new layout, move your music folder out of the iTunes>iTunes Music folder and then delete the library files, in your iTunes folder. Relaunch iTunes, it will recreate the folder structure in the new format. Reimport your library.

  • 4. Re: checking itunes library slow
    Manny888 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Won't I lose my song ratings if I do this?

  • 5. Re: checking itunes library slow
    Corelogik Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)

    Yes, and playlists too unless you export them before hand. I don't use those features though so it wasn't a big deal for me.

     

    If you keep going, piling upgrade on top of upgrade on top of upgrade and get patch after patch to the folder structure, eventually something is going to break and you'll end up having to redo it anyway.

     

    Happened on two of the four PC's in my house so far. Transitioning to the current format, fixed the issue.

     

    YMMV.