Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask i Lounge Submit Form.We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length. I am completely overwhelmed by my music collection as it is stored in way too many places.On account of the large size of many i Tunes libraries, it is not easy to consolidate them.It is not as simple as burning a compact disc and then loading it on to a new computer.If you have two libraries, Library 1 and Library 2, and you would like to add Library 2’s contents to Library 1, you will have to go to the Media folder on i Tunes that has your content.You can select File and go to Library and on to Organize Library.
If you have extra files lying around that haven’t been imported into an i Tunes library, however, you’ll need to import them into i Tunes directly from the file system in the traditional manner.
So with all of the above in mind, your best option is to choose whatever library you consider to be your “primary”—likely the one you load your i Pod and i Phone from—and then ensure that you’ve consolidated all of your content from that library onto the networked hard drive by following the instructions in our tutorial on Transferring your i Tunes Library.
Once your main library has been consolidated onto the networked hard drive, check your i Tunes Preferences to ensure that the i Tunes Media folder is still set to that network location and that the You can then begin importing your additional tracks from your other sources into your main library.
This means that you will essentially need to manually import all of your music and other media files into a single library database.
This can either be a completely new i Tunes library that you create in order to consolidate everything, or you can simply import the content from your other libraries into whichever is your “main” library.
If i Tunes cannot find it’s Media folder path, it will revert back to the default path on your local hard drive, causing any new tracks to be imported from that location; you’l need to restart i Tunes once the network path is available to fix this—i Tunes won’t pick it up automatically while it’s running.