4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 4, 2009 6:06 PM by Jim VanLeeuwen
podisc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
When I open my iTunes folder, I find, iTunes music, and another iTunes folder inside. I have multiple older libraries. Can I put them inside of a folder that shows older libraries and copy all music into one? What exactly should it look like from user folder please and what should be in each folder? I have searched everywhere and get bits and pieces of info but can't seem to find anything that shows what is in each folder. Thanks so much

G5 2x2.66 Ghz-Dual Intel Xeon, Airbook, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Also: iMac8,1, Intel Core 2 Duo, 3.06 GHz
  • christopher rigby1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,095 points)
    This is the intended structure :

    1. the Music folder in your own Mac user account - then in there :
    2. the iTunes folder, the top level - then in there :
    3a. the iTunes Music folder with all your music (in sub-folders organised by Artist / Album if you kept that default Preference)
    3b. the iTunes Library database file, with the path to all your music in iTunes, plus your playlists, ratings, play counts etc
    3c. the iTunes Music Library.xml file, which has much of 3b, and may be needed by other apps.

    The terms you need to remember are : MUSIC FOLDER (which is where your music actually lives), and LIBRARY which is the database file (3b) pointing to where your music lives, playlists, etc.
    A music folder on its own is useful outside iTunes as it contains all the music files. The Library on its own is useless, unless it is paired with its corresponding Music Folder.

    So, you can put Library files wherever you like, but they need a 'paired music folder' or at least music files to be in expected places.

    If you have music that is not in your current iTunes (maybe from an earlier computer), then you can Add To Library to bring them in (or drag / drop them onto iTunes). It doesn't matter if they are also in another "Library" - as soon as you import them they are in your current iTunes.
  • podisc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Here are my 2 folders I have for music under my user name
    A. iTunes folder:
    1.music folders by artist
    2.com.apple.iTunes.plist
    3.compilations
    4.iTunes Library (database)
    5.iTunes Artwork
    6.iTunes Metadata.plist
    7.Mobile Applications
    8.Movies
    9.Stuffit Expander.app? not sure why or if by accident
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    I also have a folder called "Music" under my user name and inside that is another "iTunes" folder and a "iTunes temp" folder.
    Inside the iTunes folder is:
    1. Album Artwork (folder)
    2. iTunes library
    3. iTunes Library Extras.itdb
    4. iTunes Library Genius.itdb
    5. iTunes Music (Folder) has music by artist, movies folder,tv shows folder,compilations folder,
    6. iTunes Music Library.xml
    7. Mobile Apps (folder)
    8. Previous iTunes Libraries (folder)
    9. Sentinel??????
    in the iTunes temp folder:
    1. sentinel
    2. iTunes Music (empty)
    3. iTunes Library.xml
    4. iTunes Library Genius.itdb
    5. iTunes Library Extras.itdb
    6. iTunes Library

    So what is what and how do I clean this up? Please help me. This is a mess and I really want to clean up and discard dup info. Thanks so much.
  • christopher rigby1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,095 points)
    First of all, go into Preferences and see where iTunes is looking for your iTunes Music folder. I suspect it is ...

    5. iTunes Music (Folder) has music by artist, movies folder,tv shows folder,compilations folder,


    In which case your other

    A. iTunes folder:


    seems to be a different copy - a backup? earlier? someone else's?

    If you never switch libraries to use

    4.iTunes Library (database)


    then it's just a matter of importing anything from

    1.music folders by artist
    3.compilations
    5.iTunes Artwork
    7.Mobile Applications
    8.Movies


    that you want to keep and junk the rest of that particular iTunes folder.

    I don't know what sentinel is - if it's an app you want, then move it out of there and file it somewhere. Otherwise what's in the sentinel folder doesn't look worth keeping (just Library files with no corresponding music, assuming that iTunes isn't referencing that particular Library).

    I also have a folder called "Music" under my user name and inside that is another "iTunes" folder ...
    Inside the iTunes folder is:
    1. Album Artwork (folder)
    2. iTunes library
    3. iTunes Library Extras.itdb
    4. iTunes Library Genius.itdb
    5. iTunes Music (Folder) has music by artist, movies folder,tv shows folder,compilations folder,
    6. iTunes Music Library.xml
    7. Mobile Apps (folder)
    8. Previous iTunes Libraries (folder)


    This all looks like your current iTunes set-up. But you're right, it's a mess. You need to be sure exactly which iTunes Library database and which iTunes Music folder are being used currently - I'm assuming the ones that look like your current set-up but you need to make sure. One way of doing that is to move everything out of your Music folder except the iTunes folder, then launch iTunes and see if everything still loads. If it does, you can be reasonably sure that's your current iTunes.

    Then just rescue what you want from A. and junk the rest.
  • Jim VanLeeuwen Level 6 Level 6 (18,820 points)
    Take a look at these articles:

    http://www.apple.com/support/itunes/tip.html

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1660

    I would use the tip about consolidating to get everything in one place and then delete the extraneous copies.