I've been putting all my music into a folder 'Music' then going to itunes and importing into library. The copy to itunes/media setting is enabled.

Does that mean after the music is copied I can delete the original? So all it needs is the music files it copies into home > music > itunes > itunesmedia > music. Or are they still used?

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Yes - unless there is something wrong with iTunes and it didn't copy the song, you can delete these second copies of songs.

I would use spotlight to check before you delete things until you gain confidence that the copy is working as designed. In the long run, it will be faster to let iTunes move the files so you don't need to clean things up.

Also, a good Time Machine backup can help if you accidentally delete too much.

  • Thanks. I did a test by renaming the folder containing the original files and restarting itunes. Plays songs like before so looks like it'll be ok. Obviously haven't check EVERY song but looks good so far
    – iamjonesy
    Commented May 23, 2012 at 15:38

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