The situation:

My iTunes library has some files, like purchased music from Amazon, in their own folders which is annoying but at least understandable. Most of my music is from CDs I've ripped in iTunes and I recently noticed that some files are in

user > music > iTunes> iTunes music

... and others are in:

user > music > iTunes> iTunes music > Music

It's quite common for files to be split between both locations, even in the same album that I ripped all at the same time. I've tried to put the files all in one location, but iTunes complains that the file cannot be found, would I like to locate it? Not a big deal for a few files but pretty untenable for hundreds of songs.

I'm using iTunes 12 under El Capitan on a 2011 Macbook Pro.

The question:

Is there a way to clean all this up short of doing it manually and reimporting the files to iTunes? How can I stop it from doing this in the future?

  • 1
    Choose File > Library > Organize Library. Select “Consolidate files.”Files remain in their original locations, and copies are placed in the iTunes folder." See Apple's Documentation on the topic. – bret7600 May 11 '17 at 20:05

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