Consolidating library in itunes

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Files already in the i Tunes Music Folder have no changes made to them: Consolidating your library - Mac Consolidating your library - Windows Consolidating only affects anything you already have in the i Tunes library, it doesn't for instance scan for music files in other folders and add them into i Tunes. I have pretty broad knowledge about database design. I have multiple gigabytes of songs scattered throughout my hard drive.

If I choose to consolidate them, as you suggested, will I then have them all in two places?

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And since your entire library of music, movies, and TV shows lives in i Cloud, everything you buy is immediately available, no matter how you want to play it.

items into i Tunes, some items in your library might be stored in different locations (in another folder or on another hard disk, for example).

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?

Consolidating as I've said will copy files that are in the library to the i Tunes Music folder and point the database to the new location. Does i Tunes build its library based on the Location preference found under the Advance tab? Could I do the consolidation 'manually', so I have more control over what takes place?

(I can currently see them all in i Tunes, because I manually imported many of them there, over the years.) 2.

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?

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