Where are my iTunes files located?
Learn where your iTunes files are located and how they're organized.
Note: If you think you've lost some or all of your iTunes music or media, use these steps to find your lost media and downloads.
Your iTunes library is made up of all the music and other media you've added to iTunes. iTunes uses two iTunes library files and your iTunes Media folder to organize and store your music and other media.
About the iTunes library files
Your iTunes library files track the media you add to iTunes, how you've organized it, and other information such as playlists. By default, these two files are in your iTunes folder:
- Mac OS X: /Users/username/Music/iTunes/
- Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\
- Windows Vista: C:\Users\username\Music\iTunes\
- Windows 7: C:\Users\username\My Music\iTunes\
- Windows 8: C:\Users\username\My Music\iTunes\
About the iTunes Media folder
Note: You may have an iTunes Music folder instead of an iTunes Media folder.
By default, your iTunes Media folder is in your iTunes folder, and it contains all your media files:
- Items you imported from CDs
- Items you purchased from the iTunes Store
- Any other items you brought into iTunes (if you turned on "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" in iTunes Preferences)
Learn more about how iTunes is organized.
Options and Preferences
You can select several options and preferences for where you store and how you organize your iTunes media.
Discovering and changing the iTunes Media folder location
- Mac OS X: Choose iTunes > Preferences.
Windows: Choose Edit > Preferences.
- Click the Advanced pane. iTunes shows the location of your iTunes Media folder.
- You can then:
- Back up your media to your media folder.
- Click the Reset button to reset your media folder to the default location (which is the iTunes folder).
- Click the Change button to select a folder for a new location. After you change this location:
- If you make a new or alternate iTunes library, the library will use the new location.
- Existing files won't be moved unless you choose File > Library > Organize library and choose the option to "Consolidate files."
You can select these options on the Advanced pane of iTunes preferences:
- "Keep iTunes Media folder organized." Learn more about how iTunes 9 and later organizes your media.
- "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library." Select this option to store all your media files in the iTunes Media folder. Since it's all in one location, you can easily transfer or back up your media. When you purchase or import media into iTunes from a CD, it's automatically added to your iTunes Media folder. If you add media to iTunes another way (choosing "Add to library" from the File menu or by dragging an MP3 file into iTunes), it might not be added to your iTunes Media folder.
Locating the file for an item you see in iTunes
If you're not sure where iTunes stores your content, iTunes will show you what it knows about your media in the Get Info window.
- Select an item in iTunes and choose File > Get Info.
- Right-click Where to get the option to Show in Finder (Mac OS X) or Show in Windows Explorer (Windows).
A remote file, such as one from Home Sharing, won't show a path, but will show information such as the name of the remote iTunes library:
- It's important to back up your media, either to an external hard drive or to CDs/DVDs.
- If you're unable to find content you've downloaded or imported into iTunes, follow these steps.
A note about copyright
iTunes software may be used to reproduce materials. It's licensed to you only for reproduction of non-copyrighted materials, materials in which you own the copyright, or materials you're authorized or legally permitted to reproduce. If you're uncertain about your right to copy any material, you should contact your legal advisor. See the iTunes Store Terms of Service for additional information.