Question: Extra Files In Media Folder
Running iTunes 220.127.116.11 for Windows
Backing up my library recently I noticed the library seems to be getting larger and larger, so I looked in the media folder and I noticed that many of the songs now have two or more files associated with them.
Example: a song called 'Chills & Fever' sits in the folder for the album on which it appears, which is a subfolder of the folder for the artist who sings it.
However, I find there are two files in that folder:
1-01 Chills & Fever.m4a
1-01 Chills & Fever@ab4caa66030a40c593054f05279c4e5b.m4a
The song only shows up once in iTunes, with the file info being the top one above. If I delete the second file, it seems to cause no problems with the song on iTunes.
I did a search for .m4a files within my media folder and subfolders, and hundreds/thousands appear with a long string of characters like the second one above.
Does anyone know why these are being created? And if there is a way to stop it? Finally, is there a quick and easy way to delete all such extraneous files?
Thanks for any advice.
null-OTHER, Windows 10, iTunes for Windows