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In a previous movie, I showed you how to consolidate your iTunes library by going to the File menu and choosing Library > Organize Library, and here you could check Consolidate files. Now the other option you'll find here is to Upgrade to iTunes Media organization. If you did a fresh or clean install of iTunes 10, this option might be grayed out with a message that Your media is already organized as an iTunes Media folder, just as it is in my case here. But what is an iTunes Media folder? Well we've look at the folder structure of how iTunes keep your media organized but let's take another look.
On the Mac, you navigate to your home folder, to your Music > iTunes and iTunes Music, which might also be labeled iTunes Media, and then here you'll either find all of your iTunes media including videos, podcasts and so on in one folder named Music, or if your library is organized into iTunes Media organization like mine is, you'll see separate folders labeled for each type of media. Let me show you what this looks like on Windows. So here in Windows you'll find this folder by going to your Start menu, to your account folder, into My Music > iTunes and here is iTunes Media, which again may be labeled iTunes Music.
And again, either everything will be in one music folder or already organized into separate folder categories. Let's go back to the Mac. So if your structure already looks like this, you don't have to do anything. And you won't be able to choose the Upgrade to iTunes Media organization option in iTunes, because your media already is organized as an iTunes Media folder. But if you do have the older structure and you have this option available to Upgrade to iTunes Media organization, I highly suggest you run it. Because once you run it, then you'll have these separate folders.
Now exactly what you see here depends on what kind of content you had in your library. For instance, you might also see a Books folder in here if you had any Audio Books. You might not see Ringtones if you don't have ring tones. You might not see Mobile Applications if you don't run apps. Notice the Automatically Add to iTunes folder we've looked at previously is in here as well. But basically you shouldn't notice any change in the way iTunes operates once we've done this. But this is the current folder structure for iTunes 10 and you might as want to upgrade to it. And again, it does make it a little easier to browse and navigate through your files, if you like to do so outside of iTunes.
Just don't do anything more than copy files out of these folders. Don't go moving things around in here. If you want to make changes to the song files themselves, make sure you do that through iTunes.
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