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mountainbike2001 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have seriously messed up mu itunes files. Between moving the libraries between HDD's and copying and pasting songs, I have created a big big mess. All the files are there - but I need to know what the correct file structure is.. .> itunes>music>media. etc etc. thanks

imac, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • 1. Re: Correct iTunes File structure
    mountainbike2001 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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  • 2. Re: Correct iTunes File structure
    sdsdsdsd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Copy the files in itunes to a different location then install itunes again, this will create the folders and locations. Then over wright them with the files you moved.

    hope this helps
  • 3. Re: Correct iTunes File structure
    mountainbike2001 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Sorry - If you dont mind, can you please elaborate? Delete itunes???
  • 4. Re: Correct iTunes File structure
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,550 points)
    Here are typical layouts for the iTunes folders:



    If you have upgraded from version 8 (or earlier) to iTunes 9 (or later) at some point, then your media folder (everything inside the red outline) may still be called *iTunes Music* instead of *iTunes Media*. The extra Music folder inside the media folder is used if you have allowed iTunes to *Upgrade to iTunes Media Organization* (iTunes 9) or used *File > Library > Organize Library > Reorganize files in the folder "iTunes Media"* (iTunes 10). Depending on your choices for *Keep iTunes Media folder organized* and *Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library* plus a little bug in which one build changed the name of the file storing the choice of layout it is quite easy for some of your files to be organized according to one layout and some the other.

    Since iTunes 9.2 if you try to Get Info for a file that is missing in action and click Cancel when asked to try to locate the file you should get a dialog that shows where iTunes is looking for the file. If you push files back to where iTunes expects to find them then when you restart iTunes it will be able to find them again. If that sound like too much work, and you're not bothered about your ratings & playcounts then simply start over.

    tt2
  • 5. Re: Correct iTunes File structure
    mountainbike2001 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks. I continue to make a bigger mess now. For some reason, itunes keeps moving artist folders outside of my itunes music folder. This is so strange. WHAT A MESS.
  • 6. Re: Correct iTunes File structure
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,550 points)
    Check the location of the iTunes Media folder as noted under *Edit > Preferences > Advanced* and check the option *File > Library > Organize Library > Reorganize files in folder iTunes Media* if not greyed out.

    tt2
  • 7. Re: Correct iTunes File structure
    mountainbike2001 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Nope...keeps moving the same files I moved back out. I am also pointing to the right file but all the songs are not able to be found!
  • 8. Re: Correct iTunes File structure
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,550 points)
    OK.... Macs are not my specialty but I'm pretty sure I understand how iTunes manages files. Some concrete examples might help understanding. Where do the files go that "move back out"? And where were they before iTunes moved them? The typical location for music tracks on a Mac is <Profile>/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Music/<Artist>/<Album>/## <Name>.<Ext>. Where are yours?

    tt2
  • 9. Re: Correct iTunes File structure
    mountainbike2001 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks. Appreciate your help. I think I need to map this out and start again. Every time I touch it I just make a bigger mess Thanks anyway!
  • 10. Re: Correct iTunes File structure
    John2398 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Has the folder structure changed for iTunes 11.0.1?

     

    I changed  the "iTunes Media Folder Location"

    Preferences | Advanced | "iTunes Media Folder Location" | Change button

    checked "Keep iTunes Media folder organized"

    checked "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to libraries"

     

    The new "iTunes Media Folder Location " was

    E:\iTunesNew\

    When I look at E:\iTunesNew\, there is no folder called

    E:\iTunesNew\iTunes Media

    When I add a music folder to the library, it places it at

    E:\iTunesNew\Music\Celine  Dion\ A New Day Has Come

    instead of at

    E:\iTunesNew\ iTunes Media\Music\Celine  Dion\ A New Day Has Come

     

    Does iTunes 11.0.1 no longer create a "iTunes Media" folder?

     

    Thanks in advance.

  • 11. Re: Correct iTunes File structure
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,550 points)

    In the normal course of events the library folder is at <Some Path>\iTunes and the media folder at <Some Path>\iTunes\iTunes Media. When you manually edit the path for the media folder you're telling iTunes where to place new media, not moving the library files, nor telling it where to find files you've moved by hand. You're explictily defining the media folder, not the folder above it, so your example looks correct to me.

     

    tt2

  • 12. Re: Correct iTunes File structure
    John2398 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the detailed explanation.

     

    From your explanation, it appears that the "library folder" does not have to contain the "media folder" since "You're explictily defining the media folder, not the folder above it."

     

    How do you find the current location of the library folder?

    How do you change the location of the library folder "<Some Path>\iTunes" to another location?

     

    Thanks in advance.

  • 13. Re: Correct iTunes File structure
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,550 points)

    Hold down shift as you start iTunes. Keep holding until asked to choose or create a library. If iTunes opens normally close and try again. If you want to make a new library click create and browse to the folder you want to create the library in. It should create a libray with the name given and build an iTunes Media folder inside that for the media. Once you have more than one library you'll need to hold down shift as you start iTunes to change from one to another.

     

    tt2

  • 14. Re: Correct iTunes File structure
    rsc1969 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I know this is an old thread, but hopefully someone can help.  Due to some stupid mistakes (involving trying to clean up my itunes library on the folder level and some NAS backup issues), my itunes folder structure on my mac mini is completely messed up.  All the songs are still on my mac mini, as I can find them in Spotlight.  But only about 1,000 (out of around 10,000) songs appear when I launch itunes.

     

    The problem is that most of the songs are buried about 2-4 levels too deep in a folders. I would prefer not to start moving folders around and deleting items, as I fear I might really lose something.

     

    I was wondering/hoping if there is an easy fix.  Should I try consolidating the library?  Should I just create a whole new library and then start from there?

     

    Again, all the songs are in my computer.  Unfortunately, I do not have a time machine backup of the folder structure before it got screwed up.

     

    Also, I have both an "itunes Music" and an "itunes Media" folder.

     

    Many thanks for any suggestions!

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