iTunes 9: Understanding the "Automatically Add to iTunes" folder.

iTunes 9 or later uses the "Automatically Add to iTunes" folder to automatically import iTunes-compatible content into your iTunes library.

With iTunes 9 or later, the iTunes Music or iTunes Media* folder contains an "Automatically Add to iTunes" folder. When iTunes-compatible content is placed in this folder, iTunes analyzes it for compatibility and adds it to your iTunes library. If a file is not compatible, iTunes places it in the Not Added folder.

Automatically Add to iTunes

* When you create a new iTunes library with iTunes 9 or later, the iTunes Music folder is renamed to the iTunes Media folder. For more information see iTunes 9: Understanding iTunes folder organization.

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Tips and Tricks

  • While iTunes is open, files are immediately analyzed and added to your iTunes library when you add files to this folder. If you add files to this folder when iTunes is closed, iTunes analyzes and adds them the next time you open iTunes.
  • Do not use the "Automatically Add to iTunes" folder to store partial recordings, imports, or temporary files. This can result in incomplete or duplicate content.
  • This feature requires the folder to be in the same location as your iTunes Music or iTunes Media folder. Do not move this folder or use an alias or shortcut to redirect iTunes to look in a new location.
  • The Not Added folder organizes incompatible files in folders indicating the date and time iTunes attempted to add these files.
  • iTunes does not delete files from the Not Added folder. You should occasionally review the contents of this folder and delete or convert these files.
  • iTunes for Windows only: When placing WMA files in the "Automatically Add to iTunes" folder, iTunes converts these files to an iTunes-compatible format and adds them to the iTunes library. After the conversion is complete, iTunes places the original WMA file in the Not Added folder. iTunes does not delete the WMA file after conversion.

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