How to add files to the library without adding them to the iTunes folder

Did you know that you could add files to your library without adding them to your iTunes folder? The best thing about this feature (known as library referencing mode) is that it not only allows you to manage files but also saves you valuable storage.

Every time you add a file, which is already available on your computer, iTunes saves a copy to your folder, and the original file continues in its current location. However, you have the option of modifying this particular setting in the order in which the files are added to your iTunes library without being included in the iTunes folder. This is how it works:

How to add files to the library without adding them to the iTunes folder by enabling reference library mode

Step 1. Start iTunes on your computer.

  • On your Mac, click on the iTunes menu and select Preferences.
  • In your Windows, click on the Edit menu and choose Preferences.

>Step 2. Now click on the tab Advanced † Next, uncheck the box next to “Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library”. † Click OK.

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Note: You can temporarily reverse this setting by simply holding down the Alt key while dragging the files into the iTunes window.

If you ever want to disable this function, follow the same steps mentioned above and then check the Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library box at the end.

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