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    How to stop iTunes from adding songs to your library

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    How to stop iTunes from adding songs to your library
    Hey,

    I listen to a lot of audio files but for some reason iTunes creates a new artist and album folder in my library every single time. I found out how to stop it from making a copy but listening to a list of separate songs ruins my well organized library.

    Is there a way to prevent iTunes from doing this?

    If there isn't, how do we change the default player for different audio formats?

    Kev

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    How to stop iTunes from adding songs to your library
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    How about that first option in this pic right above the option to stop iTunes from making copies. Have you tried un-checking that?
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    How to stop iTunes from adding songs to your library

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    Thanks for the help but even though they are unchecked, my library still gets invaded.

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    How to stop iTunes from adding songs to your library
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    Yep, just checked on mine, had a slew of mini-movies in the library that iTunes had lost the location on - ???

    Anyway, removed them all from the Library - unchecked both of those options on the Advanced tab. Still as soon as I launch one, iTunes auto adds them into the Library.

    Seems to me there's some other setting that was available and is not there any longer. Will boot to my Leopard backup and check.

    edit: Guess not. Am in Leopard with previous version of iTunes. That advanced option just keeps it from adding a copy of the file to the iTunes Music folder, but it still adds anything you use iTunes to play into it's Library. Had never tried not to add to Library and am currently unaware of a way to turn that function off.

    you can change the default player for specific file types. Right click on one file, select Get Info, under the "Open with:" section - select your app of choice and then click on "Change All..."
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    How to stop iTunes from adding songs to your library
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    This is not a problem for me, but I can see where it may be for some.

    Here is a walkthrough, a little more in depth about how iTunes works and how you can change the way it operates. Same option as I provided above, but it will provide a much better understanding.
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