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technisparc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 15, 2013 11:12 AM

I have just copied all my iTunes files to an external hard drive to free up disc space but I cannot find the iTunes media files on my macbook to delete the originals, How do I go about finding them. Spotlight brings up nothing useful nor does finder search.

MacBook Air, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,385 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 1:49 PM (in response to technisparc)

    technisparc wrote:

     

    I have just copied all my iTunes files to an external hard drive to free up disc space but I cannot find the iTunes media files on my macbook to delete the originals

    ???

    How did you copy these files if you don't know where they are?

     

    However, before you get go further, simply copy the entire /Music/iTunes/ folder to the external drive.

    Hold Option, launch iTunes and select Choose library... then select the iTunes folder you moved to the external.

     

    Then you can delete /Music/iTunes/ to free up that space.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,385 points)
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    Mar 15, 2013 2:34 PM (in response to technisparc)

    If iTunes still works with the external attached, I HIGHLY recommend you do the steps I mentiopned above.

    This keeps all of the iTunes library and media in one location. This will minimize problems, especially if you are unfamiliar wiht the folder structure and how iTunes works..

     

    As noted in step 5 of -> http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1449

    the iTunes media folder location is ~/Music/iTunes/.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,385 points)
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    Mar 16, 2013 2:27 AM (in response to technisparc)

    You don't need to search or use Spotlight.

    Just open a Finder window and go to Music.

     

    "The whole procedure was simple up to this point but the instructions in HT1449 are missing the vital information as to where to find the media files and how to delete them, and I can find nothing in Help or other chat rooms."

     

    ??? It's very simple. The media files are in /Music/iTunes/iTunes media folder.

    You have never used a Mac before?

    Do you know what your user folder is?

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,385 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 2:24 AM (in response to technisparc)

    "I was trying to find a way of deleting all the files in one click in other words a way of deleting my entire music folder"

     

    Hy would you delete CD by CD?

    Just delete the entire music folder.

    Select the ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes media/folder and Command Delete or right click - Move to Trash.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,385 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 10:37 AM (in response to technisparc)

    Nothing is missing in that article. It is very, very clear.

     

    Open a Finder window.

    Dont do a search.

    Can you see Users folder?

    Can you see your user folder?

    Can you see your Music folder?

    Can you see your iTunes folder?

     

    Look in your Music folder. What is in there?

    Take a screen shot and past it here.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,385 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 9:22 AM (in response to technisparc)

    In iTunes, select a song.

    Right click > Show in Finder.

     

    Or selec teh desktop.

    Finder menu Go > Music

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 9:30 AM (in response to technisparc)

    Open a Finder window. In the sidebar you should see an icon that looks like a house  labled with your short user name

     

    (this is mine)

    Screen Shot 2013-03-19 at 12.27.02.png

    Click it. In the list of folders that opens one of them should be labeled Music, click it. Your old iTunes stuff should be in there.

  • Red Dwarf Level 6 Level 6 (14,890 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 9:38 AM (in response to technisparc)

    An alternative to Frank Caggiano's post above (should you not have your users folder in the sidebar) is to click anywhere on the desktop to make it active and then, from the menubar click on Go and select Home:

     

    Screen Shot 2013-03-19 at 16.33.33.png

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 11:17 AM (in response to Red Dwarf)

    Need to hold down the OPTION key to make the user's Library folder visible in that menubar option (peril of Apple hiding that useful folder from the common folk in Lion & ML).

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
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