Consolidating itunes music

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If I can do this manually, would I simply drag the existing folders in the i Tunes folder, and relaunch i Tunes? Does i Tunes build its library based on the Location preference found under the Advance tab?* That tab simply tells i Tunes the location of the i Tunes Music folder.If I choose to consolidate them, as you suggested, will I then have them all in two places?These articles have some useful information on how i Tunes works and the files involved: i Lounge - Transferring your i Tunes Library to Another Drive What are the i Tunes library files?Can someone explain how the i Tunes library system works (I'm not afraid of details). When you consolidate, any songs in the i Tunes Library that are not in the i Tunes Music Folder are copied to the Music Folder and the Library is updated to point to those new files. Can you tell me the technical details behind how the i Tunes Library files works?

(i.e Tracks are moved to the i Tunes folders, but I have no idea where the originals came from.)* No, i Tunes doesn't support folder watching, if you move the files manually through Finder on a Mac or Windows Explorer on a PC then i Tunes will lose the location of the songs and display an exclamation mark against them in your library. If I can do this manually, would I simply drag the existing folders in the i Tunes folder, and relaunch i Tunes? I now have an internal secondary drive (or slave drive) where I want to have it all.* You can't do it manually, i Tunes doesn't "see" any moves you make outside of the program. If I'm hearing you correctly, outside of the "Consolidate" command, all management of music in i Tunes is handled internally within i Tunes (as in importing music). If I change my folder to that drive, would consolidate my library copy everything to that drive, or to the original (Main hard drive)or the external drive?I need to free up 50 gigs on the main drive to install some software.When you restore a backup on a new Mac, it will typically include i Tunes.Alternatively, you can backup and restore your i Tunes Library using an external drive by following the steps in this article.

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