Rick ChurchillI thought I understood and had a grip of Apple Music but no it has wriggled free again.
There was a time that iTunes or Music decided that it would be better for my collection all to be put in a folder called Music. As I played each track it moved the file so now my artists are duplicated in and out of the Music folder with tracks that I have/have not played.
Copying some music from my external drive to another flash drive today I found a missing track lurking in:
When I opened the location I found 159 GBytes of audio tracks, virtually all my music collection duplicated from the external drive. Some artists are in Media and some are in Media/Music. In Preferences this folder is shown as my music library location. I think at some stage perhaps when iTunes became Music I ticked the box ‘consolidate” which has put all my music here.
I have found my original iTunes library file in My Documents where I put it (I think Apple rather confuse us as in reality it must be an index type database file - a catalogue, whereas the library are the music files themselves). It is dated 2019 so is old before Apple changed from iTunes to Music. A new library file has been created in the above location called “Music Library.musiclibrary” which is current.
I think the way out is to wipe my flash drive and move the Music AND library file although I would prefer to keep the library file on my HD as occasionally I want to look up track names and do not want to hunt for my external drive.
Is there an easier way? I cannot find a way of pointing the Music app at the external drive without moving the library file. (Music thinks there are 998 files missing, it cannot even find sequential songs in the same album so could be a long process doing it song by song)
(I was just going to copy a few songs to a flash drive)