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    iTunes Duplication ?

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    Currently using snow leopard aka OS X 10.6.X ( 10.6.6 )

    Whenever I have gone to backup all my data ( in this case the iTunes folder which contains all my itunes music / xml play list library etc etc ) to another hard drive ( formatted as HFS+ )

    Format the main hdd ( Macintosh HD in this case ) and then fresh install OS X --> disk permissions check before and after updates until I am back at 10.6.6

    Then I copy all my data back into the relevant places obviously iTunes music folder under the music section in my profile and then launch iTunes it has duplicated my iTunes so I end up with gigabytes worth of duplicated songs

    I know there are apple scripts, apps / utils etc

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    1. why does it insist on doing this when all I have literally done is copy the whole itunes folder
    2. It is pointing to the correct xml library playlist file
    3. What causes it to do this and is there a better method of backing up / re instating the iTunes library ?

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    Don't copy the folder back to iTunes, just stick it somewhere else. Go to Preferences - Advanced and tick 'Copy files to iTunes media folder..". Then go to File - Add Folder to Library and point iTunes to you old iTunes library. It should make a copy of every folder/song in the new iTunes library. You should then be able to delete the old folder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timzim View Post
    Don't copy the folder back to iTunes, just stick it somewhere else. Go to Preferences - Advanced and tick 'Copy files to iTunes media folder..". Then go to File - Add Folder to Library and point iTunes to you old iTunes library. It should make a copy of every folder/song in the new iTunes library. You should then be able to delete the old folder.
    Will have to sort it out and re do a backup but thanks for the info

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    1. why does it insist on doing this when all I have literally done is copy the whole itunes folder
    2. It is pointing to the correct xml library playlist file
    3. What causes it to do this and is there a better method of backing up / re instating the iTunes library ?
    Can't help with questions 2 and 3 but the answer to question 1 is "because iTunes is a pile of ... <insert expletive of your choice>"

    One of the reasons I could never buy an iPhone or iPod is because you really need iTunes to use it and I detest that software with a vengeance :-)

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