How to Add Files to Library Without Adding them to iTunes Folder

Thanks to a feature called Referenced Library Mode, you can add files to your library without adding them to your iTunes folder on your Mac or Windows PC. Head over to this tutorial to start managing files smartly and also save some storage on your computer!

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 Referenced library mode) is that it cannot just let you manage files but also save some precious storage.

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

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How to Add Files to Library Without Adding Them to iTunes Folder by Enabling Referenced Library Mode

Step #1. Launch iTunes on the computer.

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

Click on Preferences in iTunes on Mac

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

Add Files to Library Without Adding Them to iTunes

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Going forward, whenever you drag a file to your library, it will appear in iTunes however; the actual file won’t be copied or moved.

Note: You will be able to temporarily reverse this setting just by holding down the Alt key while dragging files to the iTunes window.

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

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So, that’s how you can save some valuable storage on your computer. Have any feedback? Share it in the comments below.

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Rajesh Mishra
Tracking down the trending stories that are making headlines on the Internet and exploring Apple devices are what appeal Mr. Mishra the most. Aside from catching up with the fun-loving videos and FPS, he likes playing badminton and composing poems!


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