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iTunes: Finding the Files You Download

    iTunes: Finding the Files You Download

    Learn how to find the files of the songs you purchased from the iTunes Music Store or the Podcasts you downloaded. There are a couple ways to locate these files.

    Show Song File Method

    1. Open iTunes.
    2. Locate the file in the iTunes browser either using the Purchased Music playlist or by clicking the Library or Podcast icon in the Source list and then if needed, typing the song (or artist or album name) in the Search field
    3. When you locate the file in the iTunes browser, click once to select it.
    1. From the File menu, choose Show Song File or press Command-R on the keyboard. This will reveal the file in the Finder.
    Tip: If the Show Song File Method does not work, use the Get Info Method.

    Get Info Method

    1. Open iTunes.
    2. Locate the file in the iTunes browser either using the Purchased Music playlist or by clicking the Library or Podcast icon in the Source list and then if needed typing the song (or artist or album name) in the Search field.
    3. When you locate the file in the iTunes browser, click once to select the song.
    4. From the File menu, choose Get Info or press Command-I on the keyboard.
    5. Click the Summary tab. The Where section indicates where the file is stored as shown here. You can then navigate in the Finder to that location.

    If the file is from a shared library or playlist, you'll see "remote" in the Kind section of the Summary pane. A remote file is played (or streamed) over your network connection (for example, a local area network). It isn't downloaded to your computer's hard disk.

    Tip: Be sure to make regular backups of your music files (in your iTunes Music folder) by copying them to an external hard disk or other media. If your internal hard disk becomes damaged or you lose any of the music you've purchased, you'll have to buy any purchased music again to rebuild your library. You can also make an audio CD of the songs you purchase so you can listen to them in a consumer CD player.  You can employ the same method if you prefer for Podcasts but due to their mostly free nature, if you lose a Podcast simply re-subscribe.

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