Your iTunes library is a database that iTunes uses to organize your media. It's made up of all of the music and other content that you add to iTunes. iTunes uses iTunes library files and your iTunes Media folder to organize and store your media.
Find your 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 files are in your iTunes folder. To find your folder:
Make sure that you're in Finder. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose Go > Home > Music > iTunes.
Windows 7 or later: Open
Windows Vista and XP are not supported by iTunes 12.2 or later.
About your iTunes Media folder
By default, your iTunes Media folder is in your iTunes folder, and it contains all of your media files, including:
- Songs that you imported from CDs.
- Items you purchased from the iTunes Store, such as songs, music videos, or movies.
- Any other items you added to iTunes, if you turned on "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" in iTunes Preferences.
Some customers might have an iTunes Music folder instead of an iTunes Media folder. In iTunes 8.2.1 and earlier, most content was stored in an iTunes Music folder. In iTunes 9 and later, content is stored in the iTunes Media folder.
Find and organize your media files
On the Advanced tab of iTunes Preferences, you can choose where you store and how you organize your iTunes media files. To open the Advanced tab, follow these steps:
- Mac: From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose iTunes > Preferences.
Windows: From the menu bar at the top of the iTunes window, choose Edit > Preferences.
- Click the Advanced tab.
From the Advanced tab, you can:
- Find and change the iTunes Media folder location.
- Keep your media folder organized, and make sure that media you add to iTunes is copied to the folder.
Find and change the iTunes Media folder location
On the Advanced tab:
- Look in the box under "iTunes Media folder location" for the location of your iTunes Media folder.
- To change the location, click the Change button and enter a new location.
After you change the location of the folder, existing files won't be moved unless you consolidate your files. To consolidate your files:
- From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or at the top of the iTunes window, choose File > Library > "Consolidate files." Then click OK.
You can also:
- Reset your media folder to the default location (the iTunes folder). To reset the folder's location, click Reset to the right of the location box.
Keep your media folder organized and copy files to your folder
On the Advanced tab:
- Select "Keep iTunes Media folder organized" to put your files into folders based on artist and album, and to name your files based on the disc number, track number, and song title.
- Select "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" to store all of your media files in the iTunes Media folder. With all of your files in one folder, you can easily transfer or back up your media. If you import media into iTunes from a CD, it's automatically added to your iTunes Media folder. If you add media to iTunes another way, such as 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.
Locate the file for an item you see in iTunes
If you're not sure where iTunes stores your content, open the Get Info window:
- Select a file in your iTunes library.
- From the top of your computer screen or the top of the iTunes window, choose Edit > Get Info.
- Click the File tab.
- At the bottom of the tab, look to the right of "location" for the address or path where your file is located.
Some of your files might be stored in iCloud. For these files, Get Info shows iCloud instead of a path to a location on your computer.
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.
- Learn how to back up your media to an external hard drive.
- Learn how to move your media to a new computer.
- Learn what to do if you see an exclamation mark next to media in iTunes.