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My music files & iTunes

by Syrinx77 / April 2, 2011 6:33 AM PDT

To make room on my HD, I wanted to delete some music files that I'd already put into iTunes & my iPod. If I were to do that, would it effect my iTunes library?

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 3, 2011 12:27 AM PDT

delete the music from your computer and iTunes will not be able to find it.

If iTunes cannot find it, it will not be in the playlist for the iPod and will be removed from the at the next sync.

In iTunes, go to File > Library > Organize Library > Consolidate files.

This will copy all your music tracks into the iTunes library so that you will be able to delete any music file that is external to the iTunes library without a problem.


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Thank you
by Syrinx77 / April 3, 2011 12:34 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes,

...though what I forgot to write was that when I 1st loaded my music into iTunes, I did it using music stored on dvds. They weren't on my HD. Things seemed fine enough to me. The music I referred to above is from more recent music I downloaded.
Sorry for leaving out a big detail.

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Does not matter where the music came from
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 3, 2011 12:37 AM PDT
In reply to: Thank you

the instructions are the same.

Ever consider an external HD to keep the music on?

Once again, if you delete music files from iTunes, they have gone.


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No, no
by Syrinx77 / April 3, 2011 12:52 AM PDT

Sorry again! I didn't wanna delete them from iTunes itself. They're sitting in the 'My Music' folder of my computer & are already loaded into iTunes & my iPod. Separate from iTunes. Still the same?

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See my first reply.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 3, 2011 6:25 AM PDT
In reply to: No, no

Do the consolidate Library thing and then you can delete any tracks that are external of the iTunes library.

Consolidate Library moves all tracks into the Library.


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