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When I add a file to iTunes library, does iTunes make a copy of it? If yes, where is the copy saved?

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up vote 17 down vote accepted

If the option "Copy files to the iTunes Music folder when adding to library" is activated, iTunes makes a copy.

The default storing location is:

  • Windows 7: \username\Music\iTunes
  • Windows Vista: \username\My Music\iTunes
  • Windows XP and 2000: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\iTunes
  • MAC OS X: ~/Music/iTunes/
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+1 pretty much what I was writing. – Loïc Wolff Jan 5 '11 at 13:11
You can alter the path by iTunes->Preferences->Advanced->iTunes…Location – Mark Jan 5 '11 at 13:29

There's also a special folder inside your iTunes library folder (Whatever you set it to if not default) called "Automatically Add to iTunes" which is a watched folder. Any time you add a file to it, while iTunes is running, it'll grab it and move it to the correct location. I just use this now. I keep an alias to it in a Stack on my Dock.

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