2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 5, 2013 8:34 AM by Chris CA
Oreneus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a large music folder which I imported to iTunes liberary.

Does iTunes copy the files into the library or just keeps an index of the original files?

if  the files are copied it means I have duplicate music library which takes a lot of disc space. how can I avoid it?

  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7 (21,940 points)

    Oreneus,

     

    It could work either way.  Its behavior is controlled by an Option that you can set at Edit > Preferences > Advanced, where you can check or uncheck "Copy files to iTunes Media Folder when adding to Library."

     

    Most iTunes users keep this option checked.

     

    To see where the file is for a track already in your library, right-click the track and choose "Show in Explorer."

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (78,015 points)

    Oreneus wrote:

     

    I have a large music folder which I imported to iTunes liberary.

    Does iTunes copy the files into the library or just keeps an index of the original files?

    if  the files are copied it means I have duplicate music library which takes a lot of disc space. how can I avoid it?

    When adding to iTunes, move the files to //Music/iTunes/iTunes media/Automatically add to iTunes/ folder.

    This will move, not copy the files.

    Keep a shortcut to this folder on the desktop then just move files to it to add to iTunes.