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Solved: Help managing music folders files etc.

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  1. rarodrig

    rarodrig Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    I have music ripped from my CD collection, iTunes purchases, etc.

    My kids use iTunes on my PC. I use Win Mediaplayer or occasionally iTunes.

    I have music in:
    Libraries\Music\
    Libraries\Music\My Music\
    Libraries\Public Music\ (stuff that came on PC)
    and
    user\My Music\
    and users\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Music\

    1. Which of these folders do I really need?
    2. Can I easily combine all the music without going thru and deleting redundant copies of each song?
    3. Where should the music reside (which folder)?

    Using Win7. Probably have same issue on wife's Vista PC.

    Thanks
     
  2. tkwincru

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    So Libraries\Music you need. You can put all your Music in that folder.
    Libraries\Music\My Music\ is a folder that can be removed, but move your music first.
    Libraries\Public Music is for sharing your music.
    user\My Music\ is another folder created, and if you move all music from it to Libraries\Music you will not need it, but this is where Media Player looks first.
    \My Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Music\Is where iTunes will first look and download Music to, so if you change it or remove songs from it, it will affect iTunes.
    So the best way to do it, is try to make each program look at the same folder.
    Choose a folder and place them all in the same folder.

    The good thing about having them in different folders is that different programs will read different information about the files. Plus you can also store them in a couple places as a backup in case you accidentally delete a file.
     
  3. Elvandil

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    Be very careful. Some of those are not duplicates. They are symbolic links, so one folder can have multiple addresses. To be sure you have different real folders, put a test file in one and see which others it appears in. If it appears, it is the same folder and deleting anything from there will delete it in all the others.
     
  4. DoubleHelix

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    If you use iTunes, you need to be careful about what you change. It's using a specific folder for music, and if you move that without doing so properly through iTunes, it won't work properly.
     
  5. rarodrig

    rarodrig Thread Starter

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    Ok! Thanks!
     
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