4178 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Aug 31, 2008 4:30 PM by Katrina S.
It might be easiest to start over with a new blank iTunes library. Hold & press the shift key while starting iTnues, as per these directions.
Then add all the songs from the "iTunes music folder".
Up to you whether to delete the duplicates on your hard drive that are in "My music".
I think what happened was, the music was originally in the "My music" folder. Your itunes preferences were set to "Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library" so that's how you got the duplicates on your hard drive.
I have already tried that. When I first downloaded iTunes to my new computer, it asked if I wanted to import all my music. I said "yes" and it went through about 5 hours of converting music, and when it was done, my iTunes library listed all my songs atleast twice.
So I deleted the iTunes music folder (so when I opened up iTunes, it didn't list ANY songs in my library). I made sure the box that gave me the option to copy songs into iTunes library, was NOT checked. I then went to My Music, selected the files, and dragged them to the iTunes music folder. Once again it went through hours of a conversion process and then listed each song at least twice in the iTunes library.
Is my mistake that I am copying my songs to the iTunes library? If I'm not supposed to do that, how do I get music into the iTunes library? This is the 3rd or 4th new computer I've installed iTunes on in the last 4-5 years and I've never had a problem like this before.... it's getting frustrating!
+Is my mistake that I am copying my songs to the iTunes library?+
No, you said you turned off the "Copy files..." setting I mentioned above.
There is a difference between adding music to the iTunes library database, and copying files to the iTunes music folder.
So what's happening is probably iTunes is determining gapless playback info. I don't know for sure, what does iTunes say when you just add one song? If it's the gapless playback info that it is determining, there is NO WAY to turn this off, unfortunately. It's a rather new "feature", so you never saw it 4-5 years ago.