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I use iTunes on Windows 10. I store all of my music on my NAS, with the music location set up as a network drive (drive letter M:). Well, somewhere around version 12.7 (not sure exactly which one), the update of iTunes changed the default location of my music files back to drive C: WITHOUT ANY NOTICE.


I didn't even realize it until I happened to be looking in my music directory on my system and saw some of the imported music there.


I can understand why some major updates might force a change in some of the defaults, but the least they could do is WARN US that it's happening, and save me the hassle of moving all the music that I imported before noticing it.


I wrote software for years, and if I did that without warning everyone in advance, I would have been seeking employment elsewhere in short order. This is ridiculous. And yes, this has happened before. This one's right up there with "an unknown error occurred" in my book....


Sorry... just had to vent.

iTunes 12.7.3-OTHER, Windows 10, iTunes on Windows 10-64 bit

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Well it wouldn't be the first time that iTunes updates have messed with settings, but they shouldn't normally change the designated media folder. Since all my libraries are in the portable shape I'm less likely to spot this one if it goes wrong.


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Mar 16, 2018 5:17 PM in response to Rick Bolan In response to Rick Bolan

It happens if the media folder location isn't available when iTunes starts, and yes it would be nicer if it didn't happen without notice. See Make a split library portable. It may perhaps be better to store the entire library on an external drive which you then mirror to NAS for backup.


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Mar 16, 2018 5:17 PM

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Mar 16, 2018 6:57 PM in response to turingtest2 In response to turingtest2

Tt2,


Thanks, but I don’t think that’s what happened here. I installed this upgrade on two systems on my network, and the network was online, and NAS operational. Both had this happen. I also did an update on a friend’s system, which stores music on a second internal drive (D), and it also reverted to C after the upgrade.

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Mar 16, 2018 7:09 PM in response to Rick Bolan In response to Rick Bolan

Well it wouldn't be the first time that iTunes updates have messed with settings, but they shouldn't normally change the designated media folder. Since all my libraries are in the portable shape I'm less likely to spot this one if it goes wrong.


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Mar 16, 2018 7:09 PM

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